The end of the world is nigh! So pop on some music, pour yourself a drink and let’s watch the fireworks :P

I’ve been a naughty blogger this week and managed to fall behind in posting my “Numbers Thursday” and “Playlist Friday” posts. In a moment of genius, I’m combining both posts into one, after taking some inspiration from a Twitter trend!

As you may or may not know, today is the Rapture. This is according to some random American fella who posted the news on a billboard and the back of his van… two media which I’m sure bazilion-dollar corporations are now kicking themselves for not having adopted, as Rupture-Dude has certainly drummed up a boat-load of publicity. He he he… “boat load”… get it? That reminds me…I need to build an ark before 6pm…

Anyway! Today, I’m looking for your “Rapture Playlists”. If our numbers are up and we’re going down, let’s go down with suitably apt tunes in our heads!

Here’s my Rapture Playlist so far:

I don’t want to set the world on fire, by The Inkspots. 

This is the teaser trailer for Fallout 3, an awesome game set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. I love the soundtrack to this game!

In the end, by Linkin Park.

Awesomesauce song!

The final countdown, by Europe.

Well it had to make a playlist like this, don’t you think?

It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine), by R.E.M.

Duh…

So, ladies and gents! What songs make your rapture playlist? Comments please! 🙂

Have a nice day and I’ll post again on the morrow…I hope…

Lx

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Lucky Numbers.

What is your lucky number? Why?

Can you take your lucky number and write a piece in as many words?

For example, my lucky number is six so I shall write a six-word story!

All I have left is forever.

I’d love to see what y’all come up with!

Lx

Four is the magic number

A nice task for teachers introducing the four-part story, or anyone who likes to write!

When I was in school, I remember my English teacher saying that every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. This was preached at me until I got to doing my GCSEs when, all of a sudden, my English teacher decided that three isn’t the magic number after all. She taught me that every good story actually needs four parts to it, if it is to be any good. 

The four-part story contains an:

Exposition > The set up to the story, where you meet all the characters and learn a little of what to expect.

Complication > The big problem which sets the action rolling. Why is it important that we meet these characters at this point in their lives?

Climax > In action movie terms, this is where the bombs blow up and the bad guys get caught. 

Resolution > The happily (or not-so, in some cases) ever after. We are given an idea that things are somehow different and the characters have learned something important or developed in some way. 

If four is, indeed, the magic number, then that is the number of the day! Here is my Numbers Thursday Challenge:

Can you write a full four-part story in just FOUR SENTENCES? 

It would be amazing to see what you all come up with!

My Own Example. 

Jennifer didn’t believe in ghosts, haunted-houses or any of that hubble-bubble mumbo-jumbo, so she felt no trepidation as she put the key in the lock of her new home. She’d had no qualms about moving into the house where so much had happened, where all those children had died in such horrific circumstances. 

She turned the key, opened the door and walked into the waiting arms of the pale, wispy echoes of children, who clawed and scratched at her as if she could pull them out of their hell. 

For the 46 seconds that she lasted before her heart failed under the weight of her own terror, Jennifer knew that she had been wrong. 

Happy writing!

Lx

Skynet’s big day! 21.04.2011

This post is inspired by the lovely Rhiannon Hedge who informed the world of Facebook that today is the day that Skynet is supposed to go all evil on our collective asses. I figured that this would make for a good “Numbers Thursday” post.

If today was the day that the robots chose to rise up and smoosh us, what plans would you have to survive, and what things would you wish you had done?

*Arnie voice* : Post a comment if you want to live.

Lx

P.S. I remember the movie version saying that the end would be nigh in 2007, so I’m thinking the new date is from the TV series. Still! My question stands!

Top Three: Stories which kept you up at night, scared to turn out the light.

I’ve been a big fan of the horror genre since I was a kid. I’ve always loved the scary stuff, whether it be in the form of books, film, camp-fire stories or (these days) video games. 

With this post I’m hoping someone will be able to recommend a truly terrifying story. Anything which is really creepy would be great!

Here are my TOP THREE scary stories.

1. Dead Space. 

Okay…so it’s a video game, but watching my husband play this actually gave me nightmares! The visual effects were creepy enough but it was actually the sound effects which freaked me out the most. The audio to this game is bloody terrifying. It’s a great game to play/watch and left me truly spooked.

2. Poltergeist. 

My mum had to stay up all night when she read this book because it scared her so much. The film is pretty creepy too, and a damned good watch to boot. It’s another example of the effectiveness of a haunting soundtrack. However, it wasn’t the film or the book version of this story which gave me nightmares, even though I must have seen it for the first time when I was about 10 years old. 

The fact that my lovely Papa-Bear decided to tell me the story of Poltergeist (specifically the bit about the guy who rips his own face off) as a “funny story” one night when I was even younger than 10, was what gave me the nightmares. Thanks, dad! 

3. The Entity.

Plenty of people (despite what they might claim) might get spooked in the night because of fears of the ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged-beasties in their closet. But surely, beyond that, every woman has that innate, primal fear of rape. The Entity is a story (supposedly based on true events) which taps into the horror of both of these fears. 

Nick won’t even watch this film because it creeps him out so much. It’s a truly scary movie and Barbara Hershey is amazing in it. You sympathize when her sanity is called into question, and you feel sick with horror as you watch her abuse unfold. This one isn’t for the light-hearted, but it’s perfect for those who have a morbid fascination with the horror genre (like me!).

SO! What are the stories which made your blood run cold? Let me know in the comments, lovely blog followers! Scare me. If you can. Mwahahahahahaha!

Lx

Today’s lucky number is 26.

But “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, I picked the number 26 because it’s my age and I needed to pick as number! See, I’m wily.

So. This week’s fantabulous challenge for Numbers Thursday is to write a complete story in 26 sentences.

It can be written in any genre and style, it just has to be 26 sentences long. This is an ongoing thing so you have plenty of time to think up a piece of of genius to submit.

Post your stories in the comments sections and be sure to tell everyone you have ever met to join in!

Lx

Top Five Literary Figures I Want To Punch In The Face

This post really does what it says on the tin. Here is my list of those nightmare characters who I wish were real just so I could strangle them.

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin.

As I mentioned in my “Guilty Pleasures” post, I just can’t stand this protagonist. I know she’s meant to be a feminist heroine, but all she does is listen to gossip. Furthermore, she spawned Bridget Jones. Euch.

Edward Cullen from Twilight et al, by Stephenie Meyer.

It’s not just the fact that Robert Pattinson is now irrevocably attached to the name, although that does doom it somewhat. Mostly, I hate Edward’s chauvinistic, over-protective sense of superiority when it comes to Bella. He practically kidnaps her at one point! He’s just a bit too Heathcliff for me.

Harold Lauder from The Stand, by Stephen King.

King sure knows how to write characters who get under your skin and gnaw at you. Harold Lauder was one of these characters. A coward, a perv and a killer. Something about the way King writes Harold makes you feel like you need to scrub under your nails after reading about him.

Mrs Carmody from The Mist, by Stephen King.

Another astoundingly annoying bint created by my hero. This religious fanatic’s blind evil made me want to crawl into the pages of the novella and remove each of her teeth with a set of pliers.

Gwendoline Mary Lacey from Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton.

I think maybe everyone knew a Gwendoline while they were growing up. Not the name, but the character. The pretty, vapid idiot who only had to bat a perfect eyelash or shed a phony tear to get just what she wanted.  Readers of this series put up with six years of Gwendoline’s crap and I’m sure it wasn’t just me who wanted to pluck every silky blonde hair from her perfectly empty head!

So. Now that I’ve written down the first five which popped into my head, I can think of a million more characters who got on my nerves. However, I’m really more interested in your top five. What characters made you grit your teeth so hard that your jaw ached? Share in the comments all!

Lx

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