Tales From The Writer’s Desk: So Many Stories

Hullo, everyone! This is a little piece that came out of my frustration for all the new story ideas I keep getting. All stories mentioned are real works-in-progress or new ideas. Enjoy!

I’m literally banging my head on my desk when Benedict comes into my office. He coughs, and I look up, rubbing my now sore forehead. “Yes?” I grumble.

Benedict hands me an envelope. “Another one, from Shadow.”

I let the envelope fall onto the desk, rolling my eyes at the “Confidential” stamp on it. Shadow is the guy who dishes up ideas for me. Right now he is the person I am quite angry with. Emphasis on angry.

“Would you like me to read it for you?” Benedict offers. He’s so helpful, bless his heart. If he weren’t here, I probably would have thrown my computer out the third story window by now.

I sigh and push the envelope across the desk to him. “Does he really think I need this many ideas? This is, like, the fourth one this week! Honestly! I mean, I really loved that twin idea, and the ideas for Chloe were super helpful, but I can’t write all of these at once!”

Benedict’s eyes widen as he reads, and he grins. “This one’s good.”

I groan. “I don’t think I want to hear it.”

He dangles the paper in front of me. “Contemporary Robin Hood story with the possibility of becoming a Cinderella crossover… Oh, and it even has a pretty nice first line.”

I snatch the paper away and read it excitedly. “Oooh! I love it!” I hug the paper to my chest, then moan. “But I have so many other stories…”

Benedict pats my shoulder. “You’ll be fine, Bri. Just set it aside for now and write down any ideas that come to mind. You can make it your reward for getting Chloe’s story done.”

I gaze longingly at the story idea. “Benedict, if you get any more envelopes from Shadow, do me a favor and hide them, okay? I’ve already got two possibilities for NaNoWriMo projects… I don’t think I need any more options.”

Benedict smiled. “Of course.”

Well, what about you? Do you have too many story ideas, or not enough? What’s your favorite not-yet-written idea? Comment below!

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Avengers’ Isle: The Consultant

Hullo, everyone! It’s been coming for a while (and been delayed at least a month), but sadly, this is the last episode of Avengers’ Isle! 😦 Well, let’s see how this thing ends… For past Avengers’ Isle posts, click here.

“I want a full explanation,” Fury said.

Steve sighed and settled into a seat on the Quinjet. Bucky sat down next to him, and the others found places to sit or stand. Natasha was in the pilot’s seat, and she had reluctantly agreed to let Tony be her co-pilot. Somehow Thor and Bucky had managed to shove Red Skull’s limp form into an overhead compartment. Agent Barton was latched into one of the seats, his head lolling to the side since he was still unconscious. All Steve wanted to do was talk to Bucky, but that wouldn’t be possible until Fury’s fierce interrogation was over.

Bucky rolled his eyes towards Steve, who struggled to hide his smile. “Would you like an info dump, Director?” he asked politely.

Fury scowled. “How come I don’t know about you, if you really are an agent?”

“Agent Coulson is the one who picked me up. I don’t know why he wouldn’t tell you.” Bucky shrugged. “It wasn’t in my job description to question his decisions.”

Fury’s eyes lit up in understanding. “Ah, so you’re his consultant. Now everything makes sense.”

“Hey, I’m the Consultant,” Tony protested, twisting around.

Natasha smacked him. “Pay attention.”

Fury rolled his eyes. “Tony, you’re the consultant that nobody wants to consult.”

Thor leaned forward in his seat. “I do not understand.”

Fury sighed. “We needed someone unofficial to use on missions where we needed to do things… not quite by the rules. Coulson said he had a consultant he could use. For security reasons, I never met the agent, and Coulson never told me about him. Coulson was our go-between.”

Steve thought of the agent. Sadness welled up as he realized that he’d probably never get to sign those antique Captain America cards. They were probably at the bottom of the ocean.

But if Loki could survive after being in a glass nearly-unbreakable prison in the Helicarrier, surely Agent Coulson and the others could have made it out. Right?

“Why did my magic not work?” Loki asked, breaking his silence. He’d been surprisingly cooperative, but Steve couldn’t help but be wary of him. It was only about a week since the incident in Germany.

Bucky shrugged. “I’m not technology expert, but he used some sort of force field… thing… to protect the island.”

Thor leaned forward. “So now that we are not in the clutches of the island, I will be able to call Mjolnir again?”

Not while we’re on the jet!” Natasha yelled.

They landed in New York, right on top of Stark Tower, in spite of Tony’s grumbling. Thor called for his hammer, Tony yelled to JARVIS, and Steve helped Bucky drag Hawkeye out of the jet. Fury contacted SHIELD headquarters – made easier by JARVIS – and smiled after a little bit of talking. Steve couldn’t hear what was said, but he assumed it was good news. They headed down through the tower to ground level, where another quinjet landed. Steve was pleased when he saw Agent Coulson from the helicarrier. He gave Fury a warm smile and a handshake. “I’m glad to see you’re alive, sir.”

“You as well,” Fury said, the edge of his mouth turning up slightly. Then he looked solemn once more. “Hill?”

Coulson nodded. “Alive as ever.”

Controlled chaos ensued as several agents removed Red Skull. Thor convinced Loki of their need to return to Asgard, and after a last farewell (and a surprisingly emotional goodbye between Loki and Tony), they departed. Agent Barton finally regained consciousness, and although he was a little woozy, he got onto the quinjet, with help from Natasha . Fury and Coulson joined them, although Coulson reminded Bucky that he would need to report later. Dr. Banner looked lost, until Tony invited him inside to his lab.

That left only Steve and Bucky. Steve looked at his old friend, so different now. “Want to walk to my apartment with me?” Steve asked.

Bucky nodded, and they strode off down the familiar unfamiliar streets. They walked in silence, but not uncomfortable silence. They paused several times to look at what might have been familiar places. They reached Steve’s apartment too soon, and Steve lingered out front with Bucky.

“Coffee sometime?” Bucky asked. Steve could only nod as emotion welled in his throat. His friend reached over and grasped his shoulder.

“On the beach…” Steve swallowed. Dry throat. “The trail mix… was that you?”

Bucky nodded, and his lips twitched in a smiled. “I kind of stole it from the Director.”

Steve felt a smile come out in spite of himself. And then he was laughing. Soon Bucky was laughing too. Somehow, they managed to stop, and Steve blinked at his old friend. Just like old times.

And that, my friends is the end. If you’d like to cry, I have plenty of Kleenex, and if you want to bash me over the head, I also have frying pans. And apples, if anyone would like those. (Not you, Maximus!) Thoughts? Questions? Senseless blabbering? Comment away!

C. B. Cook is visiting today!!!

Here’s an awesome author interview I did at katiescottagebooks! Check it out!

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Give a shout out and a huge welcome to C. B. Cook, author of “Paralyzed Dreams,” and blogger extraordinaire!

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Welcome CB! You can find CB at –

http://www.proverbs31teen.wordpress.com

http://www.theworldofthewriter.wordpress.com

1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?

answer: I’ve been blogging for almost two years. Two years! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I originally started my blog because my friend had a blog and I thought it sounded like fun. eventually, it morphed into a way to share my writing with everyone and to make tons of writing and blogging friends.

2.) What is your favorite genre?

answer: Oooh, so hard! My favorite to read is probably spy, adventure, mystery type books, including classics . . . I’m a staunch supporter of the original Sherlock Holmes. I’ve got a bit of a thing for time travel, as well, and I enjoy some fantasy, although I…

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August Contest: Character Creation With A Twist

Why, hello there! I didn’t mean to disappear this month, but how can I help it when I’m forced to go on a top secret mission to Russia? Or *cough* when I completely forget about blogging. Never fear, August will hopefully be better when it comes to posting.

That aside, let’s move on to the winner’s of the June Picture Perfect Writing Challenge. I had two entries, so instead of doing category winners, I’m just doing one over all winner, which happens to be…

The Writer’s Warning by S. K. Lupu

Congratulations, S. K. Lupu! I’ll be emailing you your winner button shortly. Check out writinganyone’s entry, too! Both contestants did a great job, and it was really close.

Now for August’s contest! I’m super excited about this one! You may (or may not) remember the contest we did in May, the Character Creation Contest. I got such a positive response from that contest that I’ve decided to do it again… only this time with a twist.

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I am 99.9% sure that you’re thinking Why hospital? I’ll admit that it does seem very random and it would be the last thing I would pick for a topic… except that my current work-in-progress has quite a few scenes that take place in a hospital. Mostly in the children’s ward, to be specific.

I’m super excited! The prize for this month’s contest is a spot in the novel. Your character will be in the novel! Not as a main character, but as a sort of cameo… with a few speaking parts, of course. Please note that if you win and you would rather keep your character for you own stories, that is perfectly fine. You’ll have the title of winner, but second place will get the prize.

I don’t want to use specific pictures, since that would limit your options, but here are the categories:

1. Child patient

Information that must be included: Name, why they are at the hospital in the children’s ward (what sickness or disease), what condition they are currently in (bedridden, wheelchair, fairly normal), and of course their personality. PLEASE INCLUDE A PICTURE. Ages 5-13, preferably. Need help finding inspiration? Click here for some cute black-and-white kiddo pictures.

2. Nurse, doctor, or other hospital worker

Information that must be included: Name, position, what they usually do, and personality.

Your story can be on whatever topic you choose – their past, how they interact with others, how they are at work or the hospital, their family…

Submission Guidelines

1. Maximum amount of entries is one per category.

2. To submit, post your short story, with the contest button (above), and put a link to your submission in the comments belowOR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page. (If you post your submission on your blog, tag it with “CCC Hospital Edition” and “The World of the Writer”.)

3. The deadline is August 31st, 2015!!!

If you have any questions, ask below! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Got an idea for a contest? Submit it using the Talk to the Writer page.