In the mind of a Writer

Archive for August, 2014

New writing Prompts: Around the Home. . .


Prompt Ideas. . .


  1. Relating to Familar Strangers. Take three random people know or make up something about those you don’t know, but do not mention their names just describe them as cleverly and creatively as you can: Try to do this within one or two sentences. For example. a. I’m stuck in the chaos within the ever-changing house of a convulsive, flighty woman who best not be named. b. His personalities spoke to everyone, but they never commuciated amoung themselves. He denied all of their doings when confronted. c. The difficult man limped knowing about the artificialness he had on his left side, and on his right side all he had were empty opintions with no facts. He believed was always right, and this was drove everyone away.

Note: This could be someone you know or you could make up something about a stranger.

  1. Setting up life. Write out simple set up . . . write three scenerios for that simple set-up. For Example: Set-up: There are two young women walking, both are about 21. One is thin with bright red hair chin length: let’s call her Anna. The other woman is cubby, curvy holding a six month old baby boy; her name is Daisy. Why are they walking? a. They are best friends and they are babysitting. They walking the baby, because the baby’s parent forgot to bring a stroller and not enough diapers. They are going to the store for more diapers. b. Daisy is holding Anna’s kid, but she has post-partem depression. Daisy feels she need to not just watch the baby, but she has to take care of her friend as well.
  2. It’s Daisy’s nephew, and they had to the baby out of the house, because her brother and his wife are fighting. Daisy and Anna didn’t want the baby in the hostile environment.

Note: There are a dozen more scenerios, but all you need to do is pick three and write them down in a notebook for future times when you just need something to write about.

  1. Houses down the Street. Go to a random corner, look down the street, and write about three seperate houses on that street. Describe the houses within a sentence or two. You can even add a story about how the family might live in the house. For example:
  2. There was a white house just two houses from the busy corner. The square pillars on both of the open white porches felt welcoming . . . Four seperate families live there, but they all always go in different directions and schedules. They may live next to each other, but they rarely hang out together. House could tell stories, but years have made the white paint create an aged wisdom.
  3. There was a house about four house down the street. It was old, the aged green and brown paint job was desperately in need of a touch up. However there was a three story tower that stood up proudfully as if to say I stood tall through it all. The house was between owners, and it just sat there listening to the loud fighting words of the noisy neighbors going on about trivial things. c. There is a gray-blue house that sat at the corner. It seemed to sad, the porch had a screened mesh on it closing it’s life. Cars would pull in and out, life going on whether or not the house needed something. It didn’t feel like a house, but just a blue building with white trimming: there was no spirit there. (It just made me feel so sad.)

Note: Don’t use the real address unless you are writing a biography. If you are writing fiction always change names and addresses.

  1. 10 word or 50 Word Stories. . . Write a story with just a certain about of words. Most common are 10, 20, 25, 50 or even 100. (I write ten word stories for often.)

For Example: (This the same story about a young women’s secret past.) a. (10 words) She ran hard trying to leave her haunting past behind.

  1. (50 Words) All she could hear was whispering, she wondered if they were talking about her. She wondered if they were judging based on a bad mistake. She couldn’t take it anymore the cat was out of the bag. . . everyone knew he secret. She only did it once, never again. c. (100 Words) Her name was changed, her hair was dyed, and she even changed her habits. She was a new person just hoping to start a new life. She knew nothing was wrong with starting a new life. But there was a part of her that paralyzed by her past of what she felt was a million regrets, hours of judgment, and nights of tossing and turning. The words echoed in her head “Don’t worry; we won’t get caught.” The words that would change her life forever. She thought she could believe him. . . he was wrong. . . it all was wrong!



  1. Play List Blues. . . Pick three songs on your playlist and write stories about this.

For example:

  1. Song “So Far Away” by Carole King I wrote another letter. . . it’s the third letter that week. I really missed him; my boss was yelling at me over a situation that had nothing to do with me. Normally, I would come home and he would rub my feet telling me it’s ok. Why did he have to get that job four states away? I wished I could hold him just one more time.
  2. Song “Love in the Elevator” by Aerosmith The elevator made a dinging sound on each floor; I had heard three dings before he walked into the small closet space with me. He had tight chistled ab under his wife-beater tank top. His scent was a mixture of his own sweat and some name brand cologne, I couldn’t tell which one it was, but I liked it. He said “hi,” I echoed “hi” back, but I could feel my face become beet red. In my head we would doing a lot more then just saying “hi.” We were rolling on the floor while it was going up and down from floor to floor, and we would climax just as the door opened. The door opened with ding on the fifteenth floor, and I got off. . . and I said “Thanks.” He Just smiled.
  3. Song “If It All Ended Tomorrow” John Cena She had no idea what was going on. . . she just saw the news reports. . . “collect your love ones and cherish your last day. . .” The countries couldn’t peacefully agree on anything so they decided to try and each other out. They were all allowed one day of peace to spend with your family and friends before the bombing day. However Susan had been in her cabin for months working on her sequel than to pay attention to what was going on. She was alone and more than eight hour drive to any of her friends. She decided to stay with her characters the only people (in her head) that appreciated her for who she was their creator. She knew that if she drove the eight hours her friend would only want her to waste her money. Then she thought what if this was all just a joke. . . she wasn’t going to risk such an act. She sat in her comfy chair most of the morning reading some of her favorite stories with her favorite flavored coffee raspberry mocha. Then she made lunch as if it was just any day, and sat at her computer. She didn’t turn on the Internet instead she started to write. She did this for hour filling the screen full of description, conflict, and crazy characters. She wrote about being in a party with all of her characters and how she was the guest of honor. They wined and dined, danced and laughed, until she could not see the screen anymore. She got up for a moment, went to the bathroom, got a soda for the caffeine boost and finished her speech. She reread it once before she hit the pillow.

Note: If you use the title or lyrics, please give the musician credit and footnotes at the bottom.


ASL Ice Bucket Challenge

Many are hearing that there is an online challenge out there. . . the ice bucket challenge. Yes, I did the ice bucket challenge. . .  for those who are not sure what it is about. . . I will tell you.

It’s a challenge to bring in the awareness of “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The medicial term is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It a very harsh and paralyzing disease. They are doing all they can to scienifically put an end to this disease. . . However they need your help. They need us to get the information out there and to donate.            This where the challenge comes in. If you are nominated you have 24 hours to take the challenge and nominate other people or pay one 100 dollars. (Remember all donation goes to research, medicine, and new ways to treat and/or delete this paralyzing disease.)

The challenge is simple mix some (or a lot) of ice in a bucket with some water and dump it over your head. It’s a cold, refreshing, or shocking moment. . . and be sure to tape this moment and post it on or or both. You should to say who nominated you, and who you are nominating in the video as well. (I would also suggest have your online friends, fans, and family to check out the website. . . It gives great information about Lou Gehrig’s Disease and where to donate.)

If you have many fans. . . I would also offer to have fans donated so much and then give them what they want to see you wet, cold, and possibly with a bucket on your head.

In fact, I challenge anyone who is reading this who has not done it yet to get out there and either donate or get yourself wet with ice water. . . or both.

You can see all of Ice Bucket challenges I am linked to here. . .
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On a side note: Some celebrities I would like to see take the challenge. . .

Jensen Ackles

Angelina Jolie

Johnny Depp

Arianna Grande

Nicolas Cage

New Story Review. . .


A Stroke Of Luck (Bud’s Diner) By Desiree DeOrto. Review

I’ve always wanted to go to one of the diners in the middle of nowhere and see if any of these things are true. Do you get the old wise man who gives advice whether you want it or not? Do you have regulars who tell the same old story every day? Do waitresses just find love from dark, mysterious travelers? I also like the stories where the owner had the diner in their family for generations or how the diner had seen births and death. The owner, Bud, always had talked about his wife as if she was still there arguing with them and washing the counters.


There is so much in this story . . . so many lessons.

It’s about finding love and taking chances. I feel that it’s about confidence and encouragement. Everyone needs to let go of their fears, and just give life a chance.

It created a fantasy of art and beauty through the power of self-assurance and love. The true lesson is that Beauty is in the Eye of the beholder.

I also noticed that this story also demonstrated the power of the “gut feeling. . .” How we need to trust our gut and our heart. They usually lead us down the most bumpy but best path we can be on.

You cannot hide or run from your past . . . you need to embrace it. Your past has made you who you are today.

I really enjoy stories like this, because it makes my muses fantasize again.

If I had to rate this book from 1-5 pages. . . I give this 4 pages. I would just want a bit more about the art what did his previous art look like, and more about the relationship between him and his ex-wife. Overall, I really liked the story.

NOTE: This story is rated mature as it does have adult theme.


My favorite lines are. . .

“She was so sweet you’d get a tooth ache talking to her.”

“ “Beauty is when you’ve seen the most despicable things that life has to offer, and yet you still have a reason to smile.””

I also enjoyed the phrase “perfectly flawed”. I knew it’s an oxymoron, but that is why I like it.


DeOrto, Desiree (2013-07-14). A Stroke Of Luck (Bud’s Diner) (Kindle Location 227, 366-367, 550). . Kindle Edition.

You can check it out here. . .


Robin Williams Part 2 Please really RIP

I truly do not believe that you are in Hell. I don’t think that one act make or breaks a person at the pearl gates. I do believe that you will reincarnated, but maybe this time you will have less demons.

I have been reading these Christian blog saying that you are burning in Hell. I think you had your hell on earth and some how God saw that.

By the way, I do not believe that Robin Williams is in Hell. I think that Christians (especially those who have posted blog about this issue) should mind their own business and stop judging a dead man.
He brought laughter to millions of people while fighting his own demons. Until you’re better than Jesus Christ, than may you cast the first stone. (That’s what I thought).

I really do hope you have some peace.


PS I wish Christians were more like this. . .

Good Bye Armand

I still have no seen my cat, and it has been over two weeks. However this is what I think happened:

The story of Armand. . .

I believed that Armand was sitting on the sidewalk. . . being biosterious. . . when all of sudden a Hollywood agent (in Ohio visiting his mother), heard Armand. He called to Armand, and of course he came, because he loves attention. The guy had his mom feed Armand with her six other talentless cats; they were the fat and lazy kind. Then the guy took him to Hollywood, and now Armand sings the Meow-mix jingle. I hope that he is having fun, is loud, and is fiesty where ever he is. . . I miss you Armand.

023 Armand art Armand

RIP Robin Williams

I’m a huge Robin Williams fan. He was an amazing actor, and his humorous talent would be missed. The thing I believed he was only of the comedians that I felt connected me to my father. Watching his movies, and his stand up comedic acts was something we did together.
He had a talent that only a few people in his world actually get and that is the talent to make others laugh. I’m sorry to see him go, but I hope that he makes others laugh in his next lifetime.


Word Count from Dec to July

From Dec 2013 to July 2014 I have written over 177,775 words in 1077 pages. This is from short stories, poems, lists, diary entries, pieces of my novel, character sketches, notes, outlines etc.

I have edited 49 hours. (This not including beta readers and my boyfriend’s edits.) Most of this editing has been my first book of my vampire novel series. . . Crimson Shadow Collection: Melzela.

I have written 168/243 days (which is 69%)

This averages to about 165 words on a page. (My small diary lowered the word average.)

On the days that I was writing it averaged to 1058 words per day. If I wrote this many words for NaNoWriMo, then it would take me 48 days to finish or Dec 18th.)

Words written each day (including those I didn’t write on) it averaged to 732 words per day. If I wrote this many words for NaNoWriMo, then it would take me 69 days to finish or Jan 8th.)


After looking at these stats, I decided to make some goals.

  1. I want to at least write 500 words at day (now I know that is far from 1600-1700 I need for NaNoWriMo, but that is why I am starting now).
  2. I want to blog at least once a week. (I have this writing blog, my spiritual blog, and my personal blog. I should post at least one thing a week.)
  3. I want at least 5 hours of editing each week. I have so many projects that need to be tweaked. (I want to train my editor and my writing to be able to go back and forth. If I can manage I will write a blog about it. . . keeping fingers crossed.)
  4. Work on different projects to keep my mind active.