Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If Frustration Were a Person


Nothing goes right for Frustration. Her keys are always lost and she can never find her glasses, though nine times out of ten they are perched on top of her head. There's a word on the tip of her tongue she just can't think of and the hint of an idea at the back of her mind that never seems to jell. Her shoes pinch, her jeans squeeze (they'd fit if she lost five pounds) and the blouse she ordered from a catalog looked much better on the model than it does on her.

Frustration is envious of her older sisters Patience and Acceptance, because they never seem bothered by the same troubles that dog their little sister. Insecurity and Fear are always blocking her path, keeping her from getting what she wants. "If only they would get out of my way," she says, "then I would be a success." But what Frustration doesn't know is that, if she only took a deep breath and gave it another try, she could sidestep her troubles and accomplish her goals.


Writing Prompt: Personify an emotion you've felt recently, like in The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler. This was an assignment in my evening writing class.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Advice for a Paranormal Romance Heroine

(I have no explanation for this, except that it was Halloween, I was in college and there were a lot of office supplies lying around)
So you've just discovered that you're a heroine in a paranormal romance. Here's some advice for you!
  • Face facts: you are not normal. Most likely you are a vampire, werewolf, fairy, demon or other supernatural being. And if you're not one yet, just wait.
  • If the hot guy seems evil, he's probably good. If he seems good,  he's probably evil.
  • If you find something old, it's probably magic.
  • Beware of quiet, relaxing moments because that's when the monster will come to get you.
  • Don't get too attached to those you love because they're probably going to die. But you can take comfort in the fact that they can come back as a ghost or zombie.
 I wrote these as a exercise in my writing class and thought I'd share. Do you have any advice for a paranormal romance heroine?