Boston and a new page

Happy Friday Paper Perfect friends! As you know, I’m diligently working on getting Sarah Blue completed. I’ve recently finished a round of hand-written edits and I need to get those entered into my typed draft. I’m currently sitting at just over 49K words and I think once I’ve entered all my notes, I should hit 55K. I seem to add between 5-10k per round. I have two check-lists with notes that I need to verify and review for my next round but that’s a week or two away. One of the things that I want to do is really bring the city to life. My book is set in Boston, Massachusetts, a place that will forever hold my heart.

I do hope to make it back to the city again by next summer. I have a ton of photos from my years there and I’ve been trolling Google maps for help when my memory fades. I’ve decided to launch a Sarah Blue page on this blog so that you can follow her journey with her. I want you to see what roads she travels, see what bus route she’s on, and see the images that have inspired me to create some of the buildings, rooms, and restaurants that I’ve worked into her world. Not everything in Sarah Blue is real, but it’s all certainly inspired by something real.

The page is currently under construction and I plan to have it fully launched by August 7. I’ll be adding to it periodically so feel free to check in anytime.

Your Homework: Bring the city in your story to life – troll Google maps for reference, look at old photographs, add some scenes, and drop me a comment to let me know what you’ve found. Alsom don’t forget the deadline for the Writer’s Digest contest (see my previous post).

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

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There’s a poem rattling around in my brain. I’ve put some of it down on paper, but it’s not ready. It’s still simmering up there in that magical space that takes over when I get inspired. I love when all the words have finally landed in the right place. The initial burst of feeling can be overwhelming and then there’s the constant clawing at your brain until you get it right. I’m definitely in the clawing phase at the moment.

Writer’s Digest has a new poetry contest and submissions are due July 25. The challenge is to write a Dodoitsu. Straight from Wikipedia: Doditsu is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. Often concerning love or work, and usually comical, Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme.


Try out something a little new and structured.

Your Homework: Write a Dodoitsu and enter the contest.

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Some news and a night of prompting

Some news and a night of prompting

I received an email this week that made me smile. It was from a 17-year-old who has been following me on Instagram for several weeks. She told me that my posts have helped her focus on her writing and inspired her to overcome a bout of severe writer’s block. Receiving that email meant the world to me. It’s rare to know or understand the impact you have on others and hearing that I helped someone really made me realize how important it is to encourage people to follow their dreams. I wish I had spent more time focusing on my writing when I was younger. I feel like I’ve lost so much time, but I’m grateful to be back at it and to be part of such a great community.

I am excited to announce I will be Guest Blogging for Shelly at Keystrokes & Closed Doors. I’ll update you when I have a date for the post and will share the link once it’s live. Shelly is also interviewing me as part of her Poets of Instagram series. Once we have completed the interview and she’s posted it, I’ll share the link. Last, but not least, I’m going to start offering editing services.

I’ve spent the last few weeks assisting a friend of mine with a project she has to write for work. It’s been a lot of fun for me. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed reviewing, editing, and helping create a cohesive paper. If you are interested, email me about your project and I’ll provide you with a quote.

In the spirit of encouragement, I challenge you to try out a few new things tonight. Do you focus only science-fiction? Write a short love story. Do you only write heart-breaking poetry? Write a short story about a funny incident that happened to you recently. Challenge your brain to work creatively in a way that it’s not accustomed to doing and see what kinds of worlds open up to you. (Note: I found these on Pinterest, if you know who the artists are, please advise so I can provide them credit).

What's your story?
What’s your story?



Above, find a few images to stir up your brain waves. Write a scene for each image or a conversation between two people discussing what’s happening. As always, feel free to share in the comments or on Instagram.

Your Homework: Tonight’s post IS your homework.

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Foreshadowing — Full Spoilers — The Dark Knight

Alfred: Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.

Foreshadowing is a term that is defined as: a literary device used by author’s to hint at or show what may come in the future. Sometimes, it’s a blatant line-by-line foretelling and other times, it’s a raging thunderstorm to hint at future trouble. It’s not always something the reader will pick up on the first time around. I’m a person that avidly watches the same films and reads the same books over and over. Thus, I catch a lot of little hints that are nestled throughout my favorite films and books.

The Dark Knight is a film that I have watched more times than I care to count. With each new viewing, I catch a little hint of something that reveals a plot twist later on. I’m not going to cover all of them, but certainly a few of the main ones. I’ll leave it to you to watch the film yourself and see if you can catch the rest.

In the opening scene, after all but one of the robbers in the bank is dead, the last masked man has his gun on Joker (who – at that moment – we don’t know is the Joker) and says to him “I bet the Joker told you to kill me.” Joker responds “No, no, I kill the bus driver.” Within a few minutes, the Joker has killed the man with the gun pointed at him and the bus driver.

A little later, Detective Ramirez is speaking with soon-to-be Commissioner Gordon and reveals her mother is in the hospital. This hints at the plot line later where the Joker threatens to blow up a hospital if Reese isn’t killed and also at the fact that Ramirez will betray Lieutenant Gordon’s wife and child by turning them over to Two-Face.

Alfred has always been one of my favorite characters. His sage advice, often ignored, always comes calmly and patiently. Below is a conversation between Bruce and Alfred:

Bruce Wayne: Criminals aren’t complicated, Alfred. Just have to figure out what he’s after.

Alfred Pennyworth: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that *you* don’t fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?

Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

The above conversation hints not only at the Joker’s state of mind but also his attitude towards money. It’s also a clear peak at his actions later in the film when he sets fire to his half of the stolen money. The Joker provides fuel (pun fully intended) to the above conversation with his own words:

“Joker: You see, I’m, a guy of simple taste: I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder…and gasoline!
[Joker’s men douse the money with gasoline]
The Chechen: What the—?
[the Joker brandishes a pistol at him]
The Joker: Ah-ah-ah. You know the thing that they have in common? They’re cheap.
The Chechen: You said you were a man of your word.
The Joker: Oh, I am. I’m only burning my half. [throws the Chechen’s cigar onto the money, setting it ablaze] All you care about is money. This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I’m gonna give it to ’em. Tell your men they work for me now. This is my city.”

These two scenes against each other provide insight into Joker’s view of the world. Joker sets his half of the money on fire just as the man in Burma dumps the rubies rather than selling them. The man in Burma and the Joker are in it for the sport, not for the money. They are men that other’s can’t understand or predict.

Of course one of the biggest lines from Harvey Dent foreshadows not only what happens to Dent but also to what happens to Batman.

Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Batman himself repeats this line later on as he volunteers to take the wrap for everything Two-Face did. He does this to save the city’s faith in Dent and prevent a long line of appeals and criminals from being released from prison.

Batman: You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I can do those things. Because I’m not a hero, not like Dent. I killed those people.

I love this movie, the acting, the style, even the clothing. The outfit that the Joker is wearing in the prison cell – perfection. It was excellently scripted and cast. I love all the tell-tale signs that keep the movie rolling forward to make the story complete. There are many more nuggets buried in this movie. If you know of one I didn’t mention, leave it in the comments section!

Your Homework: Watch your favorite movie and take note of the elements the story-teller utilizes to demonstrate foreshadowing.

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Blogs, bloggers, writers supporting writers, and a Liebster Award.

Twice in the last month, my blog/instagram page have been mentioned on another writer’s blog and I have to say, it feels awesome. The fact that anyone is even reading my blog is pretty amazing and to have someone go so far as to take a moment out of their day to mention me – well, it sure does make a girl want to blush. It means the world to me because it means that I’m doing some good and helping others and that is the best feeling in the world.

The first mention was from Keystrokes and Closed Doors. The owner, Shelly, posted a blog about beating writer’s block and listed my Instagram account as a good source for writing prompts. Shelly is a writer, blogger, editor, and Instagram motivator. You can follow her journey at her blog or Instagram page @Keystrokes and Closed Doors.

The other person is Aino – she hosts Writing Days and nominated me for the Liebester Award. Aino is an actress, writer, and blogger. Her blog is an online break room for writers – check her out on Instagram @The Writing Days_Blog.

I’d honestly never heard of the Liebester Award but after several Google searches, I’ve discovered it’s a fun way to show recognition to the blogs you love and share some of your favorites with others. I found more than one set of rules and I’m following the ones I found at the Writing Days, since she nominated me.

I’ve posted my answers to Aino’s questions below and the rules and links at the bottom of this post.


1. What made you want to start a blog?

A series of inspiring events led me start my blog and my very first post touched on some of them. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and a few years ago, after a long spell of not writing anything at all, the flood gates opened and the words began to pour out. Less than 24 hours after that, I ran into an aspiring writer who (without any information from me about my book) told me about the journey he had begun to publish his first book. I still remember sitting across from him, stunned, listening to his journey and thinking “I want do that, I can do that..I’m going to do that.”

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I don’t have a particular person. I admire those that are living life to the fullest, those that are working towards their dreams, and I’m inspired by writers that work hard at their craft and strive to tell their story, their way.

3. If your life was turned into a TV series, what would the theme song be?

Where are we running? ~Lenny Kravitz

4. What’s your favorite season and why?

Summer, I love the heat. I love the way the sun warms the skin and makes a person flush. Sunny days make me want to be outside, even if it’s just to nap under a tree.

5. What are your tricks to stay motivated?

I run an Instagram account and post quotes on it each day. Searching for those bits of daily inspiration to share with my followers, keeps my mind primed and spinning with ideas.

6. What dream of yours have you accomplished?

While in the big picture I would vote my life a success, my dream was to be a writer. Thus, blog aside, I’ll keep you posted.

7. What was the first thing you read?

I’m not sure about the first, but my favorite book was always The Velveteen Rabbit.

8. If you could learn any skill overnight, what would it be?


9. Why should I watch your favorite film?

‘Cause I have awesome taste (kidding, I couldn’t help it). I truly would have a hard time selecting a favorite movie because it greatly matters on my mood. I’m definitely an action-adventure type of person: Die Hard, Shooter, The Departed, etc. One of my all time favorites though is one that should remind you to step out of your gray box and live your dreams: Office Space. Yes, that’s right, I feel that this I.T. comedy sums up the life we are all pushed into living and the subsequent potential breakdown that can befall all of us. It’s a hilarious take on life in a cubicle and each time I watch it, it’s a struggle for me to return to work the next day.

10. If you had to participate in a reality TV show, which one would you pick?

The Amazing Race – I don’t know how far I’d make it but the experience would be amazing.

Blogs I recommend:

Barefoot Meds –

Grammar Girl/ Quick and Dirty Tips –

Writer’s Digest –

The Rules:

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you
Make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

My questions for the nominees:

What book are you currently reading?

What non-fiction book do you recommend?

What is your favorite time of year?

Name a future goalf for yourself as a writer:

What’s your favorite song?

What’s your favorite website?

How do you stay inspired?

Do you write full time, part time, or just anytime you can?

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Your Homework: Check out one of the blogs I mentioned or go nominate one for a Liebester Award.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

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