Nearly There…

So, here’s the deal: I’m halfway through my exams.

That means that, after, I’ll be able to have a lot more time to do writing! 🙂

I have been writing, a little, during them, but when I say a little, I mean a little.

However, some of my stuff has been officially published! You can read it below:

So yeah, expect more posts and reviews (I’m reading as fast as I can!), and writing, after Friday 13th June. 🙂

Thanks for sticking with me, all!

Hannah 🙂

Love you all <3 !!

Love you all !! ❤ 

Asking Will Get You Killed {Short Story}

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Asking Will Get You Killed

Wordcount: 190
Prompt: each sentence has to start with the word the last one ended with…if that made sense.

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Asking Will Get You Killed

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A piece of broken glass illuminates her bright, blue eyes. Eyes that had seen horrors, but were now recovering, eyes that glowed now that she could see. See what? I asked myself. Myself, who had had a hand in creating these monstrosities that were roaming the lands around us. Us, who were just mere specks of dust on this lonely, old planet.

Planets that orbited us had no idea how lucky they were; to be safe, free from this disaster that had begun the night before last. Last time this had nearly occurred, it had been stopped, just in time. Time that was useless now, flowing by, like the water of all the streams in the world which never stopped, despite the disasters that surround them. Them, like the ones who were six-feet under now, the ones who didn’t know what was happening to their beautiful home.

Home. Home; the word was alien to my ears. Ears that had been unable to block out the wretched screams of the dying. Dying for what, you ask? Asking is the wrong thing to do, however, nowadays. Nowadays, asking will get you killed.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning

Like the title suggests, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning tells us the story of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who are orphaned thanks to a fire, which takes down their whole house, and it really is unfortunate. Then, they are taken, from Mr. Poe who tells them that their parents are dead, to Count Olaf, who is their nearest living relative. Horrors follow – he makes them work, hits Klaus, and then, tries to marry Violet so he can secure the Baudelaire fortune. The only good person they know is Judge Strauss, who lives next door and lets them use her library. With Sunny tied up in a cage, Violet is forced to sign the marriage document…but does she?

Although many of my friends were amazed that I started this series so late, I enjoyed this book. It made me gasp at times, and I think that if I’d read this earlier, I wouldn’t have been that shocked – mainly because I would not have understood it! Still, I liked it; Violet and Klaus were very clever, and I emphasised with Violet about looking after her family. I like Lemony Snicket’s writing style, which is very witty and funny; such as repeating a line three times when talking about how you’re so tired, you just reread line after line after line after line… I can’t wait to read book 2 and find out the traumas that follow these poor Baudelaire’s!

HA! You got REJECTED!

So, on Tuesday (29th Apr), I came home to my first ever rejection letter on the kitchen table. Was I disappointed? A bit. Did I want to give up and never write again because I thought I wasn’t good enough? Naa.

Getting rejected is something every serious writer will go through – whether it’s from a magazine, newspaper or publisher. But how do you cope with it?

  1. Don’t go on a murderous rampage. Everybody gets rejected. Sometimes, you’re just gonna have to learn to open that letter without threatening to storm to wherever it came from and demand that they accept your manuscript.
  2. See it as an opportunity to try again. You really need to do this just as you read the letter. It’ll help with the hit, trust me! It just means that you can nitpick your work and make it better. If you’re lucky, the sender of the letter will even send you some tips – if not, then you can still do it yourself!
  3. Don’t think your writing is rubbish. It’s not. Perhaps you’re just not sending your work into the right place – for example, if you’ve written a romance and you’re sending it into a publishing house that tends to put out gothic horror.
  4. Try again. Send your writing into another place; or back to the same one with a different piece – or, indeed, the same piece – of writing if you want to!
  5. Don’t give up. JKR was rejected 12 times before someone accepted her. Now, she has a net worth of about $1 billion! So don’t think you’re rubbish. If she hadn’t kept trying, there would be no Harry Potter – can you imagine what a terrible world this would be if there wasn’t?!

When you do open that letter, and see those three dreaded words – I’m sorry, but… – it’s perfectly okay to be upset. In fact, it’s natural! Feel free to have a cry, maybe a little scream of irritation. You may feel like you never want to write again, and that’s all right – for a few days. Even if you don’t pick up your story/article again for a while, that’s fine, too! Just make sure you do, eventually. See point 5.

To pick yourself up, you just need to smile and remember that at least they read your work. And, at least they wrote back. Finally, you just need to sit back and think that you can do this –you can make it better.

Just remember that you’re not terrible at what you do. If you love it, how bad can you be?

I believe in you, if no one else!

– Hannah 😀