Creative Challenge: New and Old

Hello everyone! This is my 90th post! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. Once again, it’s time for Creative Challenges Day! If you are unfamiliar with this twice weekly event, then here’s the run down: Creative Challenges is an event hosted by the amazing Cynthia Dawn. One of her challenges is for everyone, the other is an exclusive thing for email subscribers only. Every Tuesday and Friday Cynthia sends out a email with a prompt. You just take the prompt and write a story based on a personal experience or like I do, with a fictional character.

Today’s 1st Prompt: Write a story where the high culture (older times) and popular or pop culture (Current day) collide.

My story:

Sawyer Jacobsen sits quietly listening to his radio. It was 1966 and he had just gotten a FM radio for his birthday. All his friends had gotten there own radio a few years ago but Sawyer’s family wasn’t exactly rich. It took his parents quite a while to get together enough money. Now he could listen to all the music he wanted, not just at  his friends houses. Boris and Mark had been teasing him for ages about not owning a radio. He would show them. His junior high teacher had given him a load of homework and he had been working on it endlessly for almost an hour now. The Beattles and the Rolling Stones were Sawyer’s absolute favorites and they had been playing quite a lot. Suddenly a strange song started playing. “This is Miley Cyrus singing Wrecking Ball.” Sawyer put down his pencil and listened. His eyes got bigger and bigger. His mom would never let him listen to something like this. The Beattles and Rolling Stones would never sing something as preposterous as this. Sawyer grabbed his radio and ran to find his mom. He had to have her listen to this mysterious song. It sounded like something from another world.

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Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more. I’m not sure if I will be able to do a second Creative Challenge like I normally do. I’ll try but I can’t promise anything.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Writing 101 Day #4: Picture Prompt

Hello everyone! Today I am doing Writing 101: Day #4. If you are unfamiliar with Writing 101, I suggest that you check out the link here. Yesterday`s post was all about writing based on a word prompt. Today its the same concept but with a picture.

Penguins

Waddling Along

Mom and Dad have disappeared

Oh dear, Oh dear, where have they gone?

All around are unfamiliar faces

Tending to their young

All alone in the icy snow

The downy soft fur will work for now

But only Mom and Dad can catch the food

Suddenly it is raining fish

That`s not right

What`s going on

I feel something shaking me

Mom`s anxious face peers down at me

Thank goodness it was just a terrible dream!

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more.

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Writing 101 Day #3: One Word Prompt.

Hello Everyone 🙂 It`s time for another Writing 101. If you don’t know what this 4 week blogging course is then I suggest that you check out my post here.

I am very behind on these prompts because of school and my massive load of homework that I already have. I will be trying to catch up on these the best I can.

Day 3’s objective is to take a word provided by the wonderful people at Writing 101 and turn it into whatever you want. Out of all the words I have chosen the word “Regret.” I have chosen to write a short poem.

Regret

Peering into the music shop window

Once a day

Maybe more

I look at that shiny black guitar sitting in its shiny stand

If only I could afford the beauty

But Wal-Mart doesn’t pay nearly enough

Everyday All I can do is look

Never touch nor question

I`ve asked my parents time and time again

But since I`m 18 they always decline

It has gotten to the point that I`ve gone to Law School

I rarely get a break

One winter morning I came on home

And went straight to the music store

My heart skipped a beat

That beautiful guitar is gone

Oh how I regret not getting some sort of loan or asking for a discount

Now the beautiful guitar is gone

I stumble home and up to my room

My heart has sunk

My shoulders sag

Suddenly my eyes brighten

My shoulders rise

My heart beats happily

On my bed is that guitar

With a note

The note says “You`ve earned it champ! -Dad”

I hug guitar and play a celebration song.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!

Hello everyone! Today I am finally doing What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. If you are unfamiliar with this weekly event, I suggest that you check out the link here. The books I am showing in this post this week I finished reading recently.

The first book is called The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson. This book was featured in my Library Book Haul.

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Summary:

Jackson Greene became famous for the Shakedown in Shimmering Hills and everyone still talks about the Blitz at the Fitz. After Principal Kelsey caught him in his office, Jackson swore he wouldn’t do any scheming anymore for good. Then Keith Sinclair-the loser of the Blitz-announces he’s running for school president against Jackson’s former almost girlfriend, Gabriela de la Cruz. Gaby has been mad at Jackson since his last con and refuses to let him get involved with her election. Jackson knows that Keith has connections with Principal Kelsey, who could win him the election whatever the vote count. Jackson assembles a team of talented troublemakers. Hashemi  the tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Bradley Boardman, artist. Megan Fieldman, science goddess and cheerleader. And Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together, they create a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby’s respect, and make sure the election is done right! This big con could  only be called The Great Greene Heist.

Book Title: The Great Greene Heist.

Author: Varian Johnson.

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Author Facts:

1. Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina.

2. His first book, “A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid.

3. He now lives in Austin Texas.

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The second book is called Vet Volunteers #12 End of the Race by Laurie Halse Anderson . Since I have included this author so many times, I will be doing facts about her hometown instead of herself.

Summary:

Maggie learns about dog racing when an injured greyhound is brought into the clinic. She goes to the track with her grandma Dr. Mackenzie and another Vet Volunteer to check out the conditions of the dogs. It’s risky, but it will be worth it if they can save these greyhounds!

Book Title: Vet Volunteers End of the Race

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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson.

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Author Hometown Facts:

1. The town of Potsdam, New York has a population of 16,041 as of 2010.

2. Potsdam is home to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

3. The town is named after Potsdam, Germany.

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.8/stars

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more What I’m Reading Wednesday’s.

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday’s: Tween Books :)

Hello everyone 🙂 This week I am actually doing the Top Ten Tuesday on time. If you are unfamiliar with the weekly meme then here’s the gist: Top Ten Tuesday’s is a weekly meme created by the amazing blog called The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they go and post a top ten list prompt  on their blog and do it themselves. You can do as many books as you wish. It doesn’t have to be ten. You should definitely check out their blog  here.

This week was a freebie meaning that you can do a list on anything you want.

Top Ten Tween Book Series:

The Popularity Papers series by Amy Ignatow.

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The Love Ya  Bunches series by Lauren Myracle.

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The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell.

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The Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce.

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The  Smile series by Raina Telgemeier.

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The Middle School series by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.

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The Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton.

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The Spy series by Stuart Gibb.

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

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The 11 birthday series by Wendy Mass.

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesday’s!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

SiblingHood of the World Bloggers Award.

Hello Everyone, Happy Tuesday! Today I am going to be doing the Sibling Hood of the World Award. I was nominated quite a while ago by My Tiny Obsessions. Go check out her amazing blog today! You won’t be disappointed.

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

My Tiny Obsessions Questions:

Favorite book?

That’s a super tough question since I`m obsessed with books. A really good book is Pay It Forward 🙂

Favorite TV show?

I`m going to have to say Little People Big World or Our Little Family on TLC.

Favorite Movie?

I have seen quite a few movies. One of my favorites was Pitch Perfect 2.

Favorite Book-Movie/TV adaptation?

Paper Towns 🙂

Favorite Actor?

Adam Sandler is a good actor. I don’t necessarily have a favorite actor though. 

Favorite Actress?

Melissa McCarthy is hilarious. Same as above, I don’t have a favorite actress.

Favorite Author?

I have many favorite authors but John Green and Suzanne Collins are at the top.

Favorite Book ship?

So hard! I`m going to say Hazel and Gus from The Fault in Our Stars.

Favorite TV Show ship?

James and Meg from Big Brother on CBS.

Favorite Movie ship?

Same as above, Hazel and Gus.

I nominate:

Stuart M. Perkins

Words Warrior

Emily @ Books and Cleverness

Calliope the Book Goddess

Prima

Partners in Books

Hajra Azeem

bookdreamer24

Anna G

whereshappy

As always you can ignore this if you don’t want to participate or already have.

My Questions:

  1. Favorite Celebrity?
  2. Least Favorite Author?
  3. Least Favoite Food?
  4. Favorite Vacation destination?
  5. Favorite indulgence?
  6. Least Favorite TV Show?
  7. Favorite Day of the week?
  8. Best school memory?
  9. Go to Outfit?
  10. How many times a day do you blog?

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Creative Challenges: So Far Gone.

Hello everyone! It’s Creative Challenge Day. If you are unfamiliar with Creative Challenges, here’s the gist: Creative Challenges is a twice weekly event that is hosted by Cynthia Dawn. Cynthia sends out two prompts by email every week. One is for everyone, and the other is for email subscribers only. All you have to do is take the prompt and write a story. The story can either be based off a personal experience or like I do, using a fictional character.

Prompt: His life wasn’t always like this. How did he get here?

My Story:

Paco Hernandez stands alone. His barefeet are covered in bruises and dirt. His clothes are tattered and gritty. Paco’s red hair is in a knotted mess and pointing in several directions. His only belongings are his dog Lupe and a ratty old sleeping bag. His hands have many cuts from holding the cardboard sign. Yes, Paco is homeless. But he hasn’t always been. His life was once wonderful. He was married to a loving wife named Darla. They had three kids named Maribel, José, and Carmen. Darla filed for divorce 5 years ago and took their kids with her. She sold the house and left him on the street. Once his boss heard he didn’t have a home anymore, he was fired when he came to work barefoot and dirty. Now he lived on whatever food he could find. Paco is awfully skinny and his dog’s fur is matted and needs to be groomed. Nobody gives Paco money. It could be because of his mean expression. Maybe they think he’s like the others who turn the money into alcohol and cigarettes. All he needs is some money to get by. But nobody will help him. So there he sits. On the corner of 6th and Main, holding his sign while car after car drives by.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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Creative Challenges: Haunted by Pirates

It’s time for  more Creative Challenges! If you are unfamiliar with this event, here’s the gist: Creative Challenges is a twice weekly event that is hosted by Cynthia Dawn. One challenge is for everyone and the other is for her email subscribers only. She emails you a prompt and all you do is write a story based on a personal experience or like I do, using a fictional character.

My Story:

Harper Willis has quite a strange secret. He’s only in 1st grade and he’s haunted by pirates. He’s the only one that knows. His sister Savanna and brother Max are clueless. If he told his mom Alice and his dad Fredrick, they would think that he’s crazy. It all started one day when he was surfing the web. Harper’s not normally aloud to do that but when his sister Savanna is babysitting, anything goes. He was watching a video about elephants, his favorite animal, when a strange video popped up. Screams erupted from the computer into his headphones and he felt shivers run down his spine. A burly man with along hair and many scars popped up before him and he resisted the urge to scream. His palms were sweating waterfalls. The pirate captain who preferred to be called Scar told him that he better watch his back. One wrong move and..     more screams erupted into Harper’s ears. Tears were running down his cheeks by that time and he was shaking like nothing else. Scar let out a loud evil laugh and smashed something on the ground. It shattered and then the screen went blank. Harper ran up to his room and hid under his covers until he stopped shaking. Every once in a while late at night, Harper can hear that same loud evil laugh seemingly close by. He hides under his covers, for he knows that Scar and his crew are watching him.

Thanks for reading!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

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Book Review: The Saturday Boy by David Fleming!

Hello Everyone 🙂 Today I am bringing you another book review. The Saturday Boy by David Fleming.

Summary:

If there`s one thing I`ve learned about comic books, its that everybody has a weakness- Something that can totally ruin their day without fail.” For Derek Lamb, it was a letter. One little letter sent his dad back to Afghanistan to fly Apache helicopters for the U.S. army. All he has of his dad are his letters. All ninety one of them are stored in an old plastic lunchbox with a cool black car that has Knight Rider underneath. Apart from his comic books, his dad`s letters are the only thing he reads more than once. Derek knows which ones to read when he`s down and need a “pick-me-up. Derek knows which ones to read to make him feel like he can conquer the world. He even has one that he can read when he forgets Mom`s birthday. No matter what, he has a letter that tells him what he needs to hear. But what he wants to hear most is that his dad`s coming home. 

Book Title: The Saturday Boy.

Author: David Fleming

Author Facts:

1. David wrote his first story at 6 or 7 years old. It was a Christmas story.

2. He grew up in Weston, Massachusetts.

3. David Fleming went to Wheaton College to study English Dramatic Literature and Theater.

Source: davidflemingink.com

My Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Amazon`s Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Age Range: 10 and up.

Grade Range: 5 and up.

I recommend this book for anyone that loves adventure, family, and friendship.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Blogging 201 Day #1: Lets Set Some Goals!

Hello everyone! This is my first post for Blogging 201. If you are unfamiliar with the two week course, I suggest you check out the link here. Today’s assignment is to set 3 goals for your blog. While I have set goals before, these ones will be more specific and number based.

Blog Goals:

  1. Interact with my Followers At Least Once a week.

What that means to me is commenting, viewing, and liking their blogs and posts at least once a week. This will be quite tough since I have around 70 followers minus my email followers who don’t have a blog (You guys are still important!) I want to interact more with my followers and show them that I really appreciate their tag, challenge, and award nominations, views, comments, and more.

2. Hit 100 followers by October 14th.

This goal may be a bit harder to achieve. I have roughly 4 and a half weeks to go from around 70 followers to 100. I will continue to post as much as possible and let the viewers of my blog decide if I am worthy of their time. It’s as simple as that. I can’t force people to follow me and read my content. Only time will tell if this will happen.

3. Do some interviews and Guest blogging in the next few months.

I’ve always been so interested in guest blogging and interviewing. Of course I won’t be a pro at first but I will work hard. I would love to interview writers, popular book bloggers, and pretty much anyone that would fit in with the rest of my content. Same goes with the guest blogging. Anyone who shares my love for reading, writing, and/or books can guest blog/collab anytime! I want to get more into that. If you’re interested, let me know 🙂

Thats it! I will keep track of these goals in some way. Stay tuned for the next Blogging 201 assignment!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

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