Posted in 2017, Challenges, Fiction, Writing

The Collector

An eagle sits atop a wall staring out away from the building it guards. Behind the stone bird was an old house where a collector once lived. He travelled far and wide to gather the most intriguing artifacts and bring them all back to join his ever filling house. Despite everything he still somehow managed to keep everything organized according to which continent he found them, something which he took a lot of pride in.

His prized possession was that eagle which once sat atop a different wall in Rome. He kept it outside so that everyone could see it, and he kept it facing outwards so it would be able to see any would be thieves.

However he later found that he should have had the bird facing inwards so that it could watch him.

He died not that long ago. Archaeologists and museum curators took his collection and gave everything new homes where they would be safe and where people could see and learn about their history. The people who took his collection all called him a thief, but to this man he wasn’t stealing anything. Instead he built a hobby out of collecting new friends.

This story is for Sunday Photo Fiction where writers must write a story based on a prompt which is around 200 words long. More information can be found here. Other stories for this challenge can be found here.

Photo comes from A Mixed Bag.

Posted in 2017, Fiction, Ruminated Scrawling, Writing

Flashbacks used to Contrast the Present

I just finished watching Stranger Things which I understand has been out for a while but I just had to not do what everyone else was doing and ignore it when it first came out. I noticed something along with the amazing shot composition and the 80’s horror movie feel it gave off. This has to do with when and where flashbacks are placed and which scenes they can be found in.

One of the first times I noticed this was shortly after Will Byers disappeared and his mother, Joyce Byers was looking for him. This scene starts off with a flashback of Joyce entering his fort out in the woods. If you listen closely to the conversation the two characters have it is clear that Joyce is very understanding of Will’s interests which most people would have seen as weird or stupid at the time and both characters are happy. It is clear that the two have a very good relationship.

Then the flashback cuts back to the present where Joyce enters the fort to find Will not there. This contrast gives a feeling of absence and magnifies the sadness and panic Joyce feels at this moment.

Flashbacks can be used to not only contrast between the past and present for certain characters, but they can also be used to show similarities between different events. This happens in Stranger Things when Jim Hopper is going into the Upside Down Place with Joyce. First he sees himself telling his daughter to breath when she has an asthma attack which he connects to telling Joyce to breathe slowly in the present. Later when the two find Will, Jim sees the strange tube in the boy’s throat and it reminds him of the tube coming out of his daughters throat when she was in the hospital. When Jim does CPR on Will, it reminds him of how the doctors and nurses at the hospital tried to resuscitate his daughter after she flatlined. With the third flashback in this episode the flashback contrasts with the present slightly in the fact that Will survives and Jim’s daughter does not.

These flashbacks add a lot of emotion to scenes which would have only been a little bit creepy. Not only this but these flashbacks also give insights as to the thoughts and pasts of the characters. This show is not one where thoughts are regularly given voice especially with the adult characters and these flashbacks help watchers of the show to better understand these characters.

This is just something I found interesting while watching Stranger Things. This is definitely something I could use in my writing though in a different way as it is used in the show because of the different in mediums. I can’t wait until season two comes so that it can clear up the one loose end of the series.

Posted in 2017, Challenges, Fiction, Writing

Beneath the Ocean’s Surface

Deep beneath the surface of the ocean many organisms make their home. Glowing white jellyfish swim freely around angler fish and other bizarre creatures. Many of these organisms have yet to even be seen by human eyes.

This is a story written for Three Line Tales week 72. The goal is to write a story that is three lines long using a photo prompt. You can find the challenge post here.

Posted in 2017, Challenges, Fiction, Writing

The Bookstore

The bookstore had been there for nearly a century. The shelves were lit by light bulbs dangling from the ceiling which had been installed only two decades before. There never seemed to be a speck of dust on the shelves and though the hardwood floor could at times be covered in dirt because of thoughtless customers, the employees always made sure they swept it well at least once a day.

Though the store was rather small, many customers came in each day to look through the many books and maybe find something that catches their interest. Now a teenaged girl searched for the perfect book to read in her spare time. She picked up one of the thickest books on the shelf and leafed through it before sighing and putting it back on the shelf.

An employee noticed her and for some reason he felt she was sad. He decided against going to help her because he felt that sometimes people just need some space to think. But despite the fact the teenager was surrounded by the words of over a hundred different people she felt more alone than ever.

When the store closed she was still searching.

This was written as a part of Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner week #24. Writers need to write a piece of flash fiction below 200 words based on a photo prompt. The challenge post can be found here. Other stories related to the prompt can be found here.

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Posted in 2017, Challenges, Fiction, Writing

The Photographer

The photographer crouched down in the middle of the cobblestone street, slightly angling her camera to hide the steady trickle of tourists. She wanted her photographs to capture the historical aspect of this building, and not the touristy trap part. She could only hope that her pictures would turn out as beautiful as she thought they would turn out. Only a quick look on her computer’s screen would tell her.

But as she snapped photographs in the middle of the cobblestone street she realized that people stepped around her. They never looked down, or laughed at the way she crouched, but rather she was completely invisible to them. It was as though she was never even there. And that is true in the fact that the only person absent from most photographs is the person who originally took them.

This was written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Writers need to write a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 150 words based on a photo prompt. The challenge post can be found here. Other stories related to the prompt can be found here.

Photo prompt provided by The Magesticgoldenrose.

Posted in 2017, Anime, Fiction, Ruminated Scrawling

Yaha-kui zaShunina and the Anisotropic – Kado: The Right Answer

Kado: The Right Answer is one of the best anime series from this season as well as the smartest. It uses philosophy and scientific theory in an interesting way and presents those watching with subtle philosophical questions related to morality among other things. Yaha-kui zaShunina is a being with floaty hands who came to Earth in a giant cube he calls Kado and he claims he has come from a place called the anisotropic which he claims is outside of the universe. He claims that he is there to help advance humanity and this seems true at first but after the last episode (Nanomis-hein) it is clear that he is different than he seems and has motivations beyond what he has claimed as his sole reason for introducing himself to humankind.

Before Yaha-kui zaShunina exited Kado with the Japanese negotiator Kojiro Shindo and presented the Wam to the world the media was focused on why there was a giant cube that landed on an airstrip and swallowed up/crushed a plane full of people and the Japanese SDF tried to get inside/destroy the giant cube that was obstructing the runway of a major airport. This is because that is the natural response if something like this were to happen in real life. After the anisotropic being presented the Wam to the Japanese government everyone just seemed to trust him and it even looked as though he was trying to make those who didn’t trust him yet to as well.

There have been several protesters shown throughout the series. None of them were protesting the apparent trust their government was giving to a being they knew next to nothing about. The first protesters were protesting about the fact that the Prime Minister of Japan nearly started a war with the United Nations. The second group of protesters was protesting about how there was a giant cube blocking the sun which helped them dry wet clothes, and allowed plants to flourish. While I’m sure that there must be people in this world who were protesting this misplaced trust, they were never shown. This allowed people watching the series to not doubt Yaha-kui zaShunina until Saraka Tsukai asked Shindo to help her make the anisotropic being leave the universe.

Now one of the first questions I asked myself while watching Kado: The Right Answer was what exactly is the anisotropic. That question was answered during last episode. Before I assumed that it was a parallel dimension to Earth similarly to how Narnia exists parallely to our world. I thought this because it made more sense to me, but after this last episode I was proven wrong. The anisotropic is actually in a higher dimension than Earth.

You get the first dimension when you extend a point along a plane forming a line. You get the second dimension when you extend that line in the other direction forming a square. You get the third dimension which is where we are by extending that square in yet another direction forming a cube. You can get the fourth dimension by extending that cube in another direction forming a shape known as a tesseract. You can keep doing this an infinite amount of times. We can only see a part of the dimension directly above us. According to the anime the anisotropic is the thirty-sixth dimension. Another interesting thing I found was the fact that the word anisotropic refers to a directionally dependent property of a material. Another term used outside of the subtitles which I found on MyAnimeList was Novo which is “new” in latin and I think it has something to do with the latin phrase “de Novo” which means from the beginning.

Both those terms have something to do with the world. Anisotropic refers to the fact that people can only see this dimension if they look in a certain direction which they cannot possibly look without help. This is why Yaha-kui zaShunina has to convert himself to the third dimension in the second episode (technically the third) and why all the anisotropic devices he gives to the people take such a long time to make because he has to convert them to the third dimension as well.

Novo refers to the story which he tells Shindo during this past episode. If this story is correct in the world of the anime it means that the anisotropic has been there since the beginning, way before even Earth.

This is what I found out when researching the theoretical science and the language used in Kado: The Right Answer. I just found it so interesting. I would love to go into some of the philosophical aspects of the series but if I do I know I’ll end up going places I do not want to go on this blog. The writers as well as the translators at CrunchyRoll of this series did their research when writing the series/translating the subtitles. I can’t wait to see what happens during tomorrow’s episode after what happened last episode. I just know it will still be one of the best anime’s of the season.

Posted in 2017, Challenges, Fiction, Writing


The man was overjoyed when his young daughter begged him to play chess with her while clutching the box to her chest. Together they took all the pieces out of the box and set up the board. His daughter chose the pieces made of clear glass, he took the frosted glass pieces. After they were all set up they started the game.

His daughter wasn’t very good at the game. She had only learned how to play chest a few months before so she still made a lot of mistakes. Each time she made a mistake such as moving a bishop sideways he would tell her what she did wrong so that she could get better at the game. At first she wasn’t too happy when he did this, but after a while she just followed his instructions and gained a better grasp of the rules.

She didn’t win this time. She had yet to win, but she hoped that one day she could beat her father at chest. For now the two were just happy to play the game together.

This story is for Sunday Photo Fiction where writers must write a story based on a prompt which is around 200 words long. More information can be found here. Other stories for this challenge can be found here.

Photo comes from A Mixed Bag