Weekly Writing Prompts

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I mentioned in my last DreamWard Bound post that I had a project or series that I wanted to do. This will be the start of it.

Every Friday I will be creating/ publishing a list of 5 writing prompts. I will either think of things that I want to write about or feel like I can be challenged by. I also may use prompts from other blogs (in which case I will cite my resources). No matter where the writing prompts come from or why I am listing them, I will then use them in the upcoming week’s blog posts.

Also, I invite you now to use any and all writing prompts I list. My hope for this project is that I inspire, challenge, or simply share ideas with fellow writer. I want to see what you readers and writers come up with.

Here is the first list:

  1. Imagine a world where airplanes and dragons or other mythical flying creature exist together. What would flight look like? What would travel be like?
  2. Do you have a fun or interesting story about traveling? How did you travel? Where were you going? Why were you traveling?
  3. How do you wake up? Do you spring out of bed, almost always fully rested or do you hit snooze? What is it like for you to wake up on a typical morning?
  4. Design a sci-fi/ fantasy hero. What is his or her world like? What is his or her background? What makes this character unlike the rest?  What makes them unique?
  5. Write a Sonnet. If you need more information about what a sonnet is and the rules for a sonnet you can go to shadowpoetry.com

Space-Riders: In the Ship (#3)

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Otto, took his place in the pilot’s seat on the control deck with Zio taking a seat next to him as a co-pilot. “Do you have a flight program installed?” Otto asked.

“I have simple flying software installed. I should be able to help you fly the ship, but am not capable of flying a ship by myself.”

Otto nodded and started the engine. He would be able to fly his new LiBatto XZ952 space-ship, that he had named Aimi. Captain Otto smiled once her engines started up. Each engine made its own purring sound and Otto smiled grew as each of the 10 engines turned on.

Neither of them noticed the lady standing behind them. She was sitting against the wall and completed camouflaged. Her face and torso matched the wall completely and her lower half blended into the seat. Even when Zio looked around, he did not see her sitting there.

Once the ship was up in the air and heading to the next planet they were suppose to go to, the camouflaged lady started to snack on the chocolate covered raisins, she had bought in the town they had just left from.

The ride was smooth and uneventful until Otto punched in the coordinates of the planet where he was planning to pick up his first shipment using Aimi. The camouflaged lady had already visited Patarex, the planet Otto set as the destination, and had an almost lethal experience. She shook her head and the ship diverted from its path. Instead of heading toward Patarex it started to go in the opposite direction.

This confused both Otto and Zio. They both tried to work on a solution, but after 2 hours of trouble shooting and trying to turn the ship around they were defeated. All of the ship’s information and itinerary said they were going to Patarex.

Aimi, the ship was clever, she knew that the camouflaged lady did not want to be found out, but also knew that the others on the ship would not give up trying to turn her around unless she displayed what they wanted to see. She was not given a new location, so searched the universe for another planet, solar system or galaxy with the same name. She found a solar system named Patarex far away from the planet the captain wanted to go to and set her path.

 

Puppet

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I was looking through old posts and realized that I had not share with you my puppet. This is my second completed puppet and first mini-puppet.

Her name is Mini (I know so creative). She is supposed to be a miniature puppet of myself.

I’m sure one day I will edit this post to make it more interesting or perhaps Mini will get another new post all together, but for right now here she is. Well, here are pictures of her and my sculpting skills (or lack of them).

Donnie Darko

With Halloween right around the corner I felt like a Halloween themed movie was in order. After a long search on Netflix, I was surprised that I could not find any real horror movies that were also on my Start with the Best project. I did find and watch Donnie Darko, which is I’m counting as a Halloween movie, if only because the climax is on Halloween night.

This was my first time watching it and as the movie start I wondered how many scenes it would take to start the real action. The setting up of the movie seemed rather dragged out but as soon as I had the thought that this was going to be a long stretched movie a demented and evil-looking bunny was standing right in front of Donnie. This is where the film starts to pick up. A mysterious plane engine falls from the sky and the idea of time travel is talked about.

In this film time and time travel is the main subject that is looked upon. I first noticed this when the audience is first introduced to the school. Time is slowed and sped up just enough to notice a change. The date is also shown every few days to show how many days until the main action will take place.

The film also plays with the fourth wall when Donnie, the main character, looks at Frank. the scary bunny. This is a great element which, although it usually is out-of-place in most movies, feels perfectly placed while helping to make Donnie’s character seem more unstable and at the same time more knowing. It is almost like he is looking directly at the audience while he looks at Frank.

This is such an interesting and great movie. I was once told that I would like it by a friend and he was right. This is a movie I will be watching again.

If you want more information about this movie you can go to The IMDB page for Donnie Darko.

If you are interested in buying this movie, here is a link to the amazon page.
Donnie Darko

4 movies down 324 to go.

The Start with the Best Project

I must confess I am a dreamer who dreams about creating, reviewing and simply being part of the movie industry. I love watching movies and figuring out why they work or don’t work. I often find myself sitting and reviewing a movie I’m watching in my mind. Then one day I had a thought; why don’t I share my reviews, thoughts and ideas with other people. I figured the best place to do that would be in a blog. The next issue was what movies should I start with. Should it be the ones I know, the ones I know I’ll enjoy, or the new movies being released?

After figuring out where I should post my own, most likely quirky, thoughts, another brilliant idea came into my mind. I would make this into a project. I will review movies I knew, ones I enjoyed, and ones I should know. Now this would not be a project if it was all movies I knew and enjoyed though, so I went on to imdb.com (internet movie database) and looked up their top 250 movies. There were a few classics movies that were not listed, so I added some that I thought I should review. I also noticed that it didn’t have a good variety of black and white movies, so I added a few Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland movies. Well then I reviewed my list again and noticed that there was movie series with only one movie of the series on the list. I just had to make sure I had all the Star wars and Lord of the Rings on there. Long story short my Movies to review list is 328 movies long. This will hopefully take only 6 years to complete.

Here is the list (if you want to keep track):

Inception
Shutter Island
The Dark Knight
The Prestige
Fight Club
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Matrix
The Matrix: Reloaded
The Martix: Revolution
Leon: The Professional
127 Hours
Mulholland Dr.
Pulp Fiction
The Butterfly Effect
Into the Wild
Sunshine
District 9
Se7en
The Sixth Sense
Magnolia
Donnie Darko
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Departed
A Separation
The Usual Suspects
Memento
Gladiator
The Shining
American Beauty
No Country for Old Men
Blue Valentine
Requiem for a Dream
Good Will Hunting
WALL·E
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
Crash
50/50
Slumdog Millionaire
Life Is Beautiful
Braveheart
Psycho
Eyes Wide Shut
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lost in Translation
It’s a Wonderful Life
Rain Man
3:10 to Yuma
Changeling
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
21 Grams
A Few Good Men
Vertigo
Amélie
Identity
Jackie Brown
Batman Begins
Unbreakable
The Sting
Timecrimes
Raging Bull
The Shawshank Redemption
Avatar
Warrior
Chronicle
Zombieland
The Green Mile
The Illusionist
The Patriot
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Star Wars: Episode I
Star Wars: Episode II
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV
Star Wars: Episode V
Star Wars: Episode VI
I Am Legend
The King’s Speech
Saving Private Ryan
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Princess Bride
Apocalypse Now
Office Space
The Book of Eli
Ocean’s Eleven
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Law Abiding Citizen
The Italian Job
Knocked Up
Pineapple Express
The Bourne Identity
Minority Report
Shooter
The Mist
21
Despicable Me
Mission: Impossible
The Devil’s Advocate
Repo Men
Paths of Glory
Exam
11:14
Lost Highway
Following
1408
12 Angry Men
Oldboy
Pan’s Labyrinth
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Breakfast Club
The Help
Seven Pounds
Star Trek
Kick-Ass
The Hangover
Alien
Drive
The Bourne Ultimatum
Napoleon Dynamite
The Bourne Supremacy
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Superbad
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Cypher
Rear Window
300
Role Models
Mother
Ice Age
The Uninvited
Mean Creek
The Descendants
Hugo
Black Swan
Underworld
The Big Lebowski
Full Metal Jacket
Wanted
Children of Men
Twelve Monkeys
Let the Right One In
Mystic River
Moon
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Truman Show
Apocalypto
Equilibrium
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Machinist
Hotel Rwanda
Blood Diamond
Little Miss Sunshine
A History of Violence
Predator
Defiance
Chinatown
Cast Away
Cloverfield
The Others
Deliverance
Win Win
The Descent
Road to Perdition
Point Break
Rescue Dawn
The Orphanage
Punch-Drunk Love
Matchstick Men
Rope
The Boondock Saints
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Fargo
American Gangster
Catch Me If You Can
Shame
The Lives of Others
Blow
The Pursuit of Happyness
I, Robot
Almost Famous
Gangs of New York
Armageddon
Inside Man
Groundhog Day
Shrek
The Ring
Rocky
The Fighter
Hard Candy
Lucky Number Slevin
The Bucket List
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Arsenic and Old Lace
21 Jump Street
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Sherlock Holmes
Spider-Man
Babel
City of God
Melancholia
Iron Man
Gattaca
(500) Days of Summer
Up
A Beautiful Mind
Man on Fire
Jurassic Park
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Incredibles
Mr. Nobody
Jaws
Being John Malkovich
The Village
Big Fish
Night of the Living Dead
Vanilla Sky
The Artist
A Clockwork Orange
L.A. Confidential
V for Vendetta
The Silence of the Lambs
Casino Royale
American History X
Reservoir Dogs
Taxi Driver
Die Hard
The Road
X-Men: First Class
Edward Scissorhands
Buried
The Secret in Their Eyes
Hunger
Misery
Machine Gun Preacher
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Apollo 13
The Vanishing
Scarface
Platoon
Revolutionary Road
The Thing
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Wicker Man
Amores Perros
Annie Hall
Rebecca
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
Traffic
The Secret Life of Words
Once
CaddyShack
Citizen Kane
Gone with the Wild
The King and I
Ten Commandments
Ben Hur
The Music Man
Schindler’s List
To Kill A Mocking Bird
North by Northwest
Taxi Driver
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Singing in the Rain
The Maltese Felcon
The African Queen
The Grapes of Wrath
High Noon
On The Water Front
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
Notorious
The Graduate
Bonnie and Clyde
West Side Story
A street Car named Desire
Roman Holiday
The Big Sleep
Bringing up Baby
The Bride of Frankenstien
City Lights
A Night at the Opera
42nd street
Something’s Gotta Give
The Prince and the Show girl
Monkey Business
Lets Make Love
Gentlemen prefer Blondes
How to Mary a Millionaire
Meet Me in St. Louis
A Star is Born
Easter Parade
An American in Paris
On The Town
Cover Girl
Trainspotting
Beaches
The Notebook
Mama Mia
It’s Complicated
Avengers
Top Gun
Clerks
Clerks 2
Serenity
The Last Samurai
Frequency
The Wizard Of Oz
Boondocks Saints II: All Saints’ Day
Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas
The men Who stare at Goats
Star Trek: The motion picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
Casablanca
GoodFellas
Lemony Snicket’sThere is my list of 328 movies I will be reviewing, and if you thinking there should be a movie on the list let me know.