Update and a Microtale

Hi, dear bloggers! I just wanted to let you know that I will be absent from my blog for a week. I’m spending the next week in Vienna, and I will celebrate the New Year’s Eve there! I can’t wait! πŸ™‚Β 

Before I go, I decided to post the cutest photo from my previous trip, to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and a microtale that I made up for it. Wish you all great holidays! :*

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Sea Happiness

He jumped. The sea spattered around him. He had just an hour, or even less, before the sun set and the boring half of his day began. Then the sea would suddenly start to feel cold, and his limbs too weak to swim as fast as he would want to. Even the fish won’t taste good.

A long time ago the curse was spoken. He was to spend the day as a seal, and during the night he would take the human shape. An annoying curse, indeed. What was one supposed to do as a weak, two legged creature who doesn’t know how to enjoy the simplest and most beautiful things?

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Items I’d Give as Gifts

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This Top 5 Wednesday topic really made me think… Most of really interesting (and helpful) fictional items that I know of come from the Harry Potter universe. But it would be silly to just name those when there are so many books out there! So I decided to choose just one item from Harry Potter. Here’s what I came up with in the end:

1. A Time-Turner (Harry Potter Series)

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My first choice from Harry Potter would definitely be a Time-Turner. Everyone needs more time! 24 hours a day is sometimes just not enough to do everything yoou need to do. But I would have to be very careful, and give this to a person who would not use it to change the past and make a total mess. (I’m looking at you, Barry Allen!)

2. A flying carpet (One Thousand and One Nights)

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Why not a magic lamp, you ask. Well, people always wish for the wrong things, and they often get tricked… So a flying carpet is a much better gift. And if it’s as cute as in the Disney Aladdin movie, even better. πŸ™‚

3. Dorothy’s silver/ ruby slippers shoes (The Wizard of Oz)

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With these, you could basically teleport yourself wherever you want to go. Do I need any more explaining to do? Free travel!

4. Hoverboard (Back to the Future)

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Not from a book, but still fictional. I know some people who would be really happy to have one. πŸ™‚

5. Mary Poppins’ bag

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A bag that fits everything! Very, very practical for the people who like to travel. (I don’t know if she has one in the book though, I only watched the film, sorry…)

So, would you be happy to get some of these as a gift? Or is it just me? πŸ˜„

Twittering Tales #7: Inspiration

Another twitter-length tale for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge. I really liked this week’s prompt photo! Here it is:

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And here’s my tale:

Inspiration

He sat under his childhood tree, hoping he’d find inspiration for his novel. He was ready. Painful memories of the past welcomed him home.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Finally Read in 2017 #t5w

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Another Wednesday is here! This time, I’ll talk about some books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, but for some reason still haven’t read. This list could actually go on and on, but here are the ones I plan to read next year. Hopefully…

1. Mort by Terry Pratchett

I’ve read six Pratchett’s books so far, and it’s definitely not enough for me… I’m actually a bit ashamed I haven’t read anything by him for quite a while now. I would like to start with the Death series next, and Mort is the first one.

2. Fudoki by Kij Johnson

This book sounds amazing! Every review I’ve read basically lists everything I like in a book. Now, this book is a bit expensive so I postponed buying it for a long, long time… But I will get it. Soon. πŸ˜‰

3. Les Miserables by Victor HugoΒ 

Yes, I admit, I’m intimidated by the length of this book… But I really want to read it. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is one of my favourite books, so it’s time I read this one as well.

4. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

I actually own the e-book of this novel, but somehow I always end up reading something else… I don’t now why. Fey, magic, fairy tales, Transylvanian woods… What’s not to like?

5. Anything by Robin Hobb

I should probably start from thee beginning, though. πŸ˜„ I’ve heard so many praises for her fantasy novels, I just have to read them! I’m really looking forward to these books. I don’t know why I haven’t started yet, but as all book lovers say: so many books, so little time…

So, let’s get back to reading, then. πŸ˜‰

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Microfiction Challenge: The Red Tree

writingThis is my first time participating in JaneΒ Dougherty’s Microfiction Challenge. When I saw the promt picture, by the artistΒ Virginia Frances Sterret, I just had to make a story for it. I love it! πŸ™‚ Just look how pretty it is:

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And now, here’s my story:

The Red Tree

Ayla had the magic beans and a plan.
Yes, she would have to defeat the giant, but she was ready for it. She had several tricks in her sleeve. With a wide smile on her face, she planted a bean in the ground. Ayla could already picture the gold and the jewels. No more hard work, no more rags, no more, no more…
It took just a few seconds for the tree to start growing. Did the ground move, or was it just her legs shaking? Β Yes, the tree grew, but something wasn’t right.
A strange plant appeared before Ayla’s eyes, weak and wobbly. Its stalk was a dark, rotten red, all twisted and turned.

“You freed me,” the plant spoke. “So now, I will grant you three wishes.”

“Three wishes?” Ayla was confused. “But you’re supposed to take me up in the clouds, to the treasure.”

“Treasure in the clouds? I’ve never heard of such a thing…”

“Well, not exactly in the clouds… Anyway, I didn’t free you. I planted you,” Ayla was getting a bit annoyed. This was not a part of her plan. “And it’s genies who grant wishes. Or goldfish. Not trees.”

“That’s quite judgemental of you,” the plant sounded offended. “What do you know about trees, anyway?”

“I’m sorry…” Ayla sighed. “I’m just a bit surprised. Three wishes are a great deal!”

“I’m not sure I want to grant them anymore…”

“Oh, please!” Ayla wasn’t ready to give up on her dreams.

“Fine. What’s your first wish?” the plant sounded friendly again.

“Well, I want to be rich!”

“I try not to be prejudiced, but this is such a human thing to wish for. Riches. Always the riches. Unfortunately, I can’t help you with that.”

“Why not?”

“I’m just a tree! Money doesn’t grow on trees!”

“Well, what can you do?”

“I can grow fruit.”

A number of different fruits appeared. Yellow pears, blue grapes, red apples. Ayla sighed. It was obvious now that things don’t always turn out like the stories tell. She picked an apple, sat comfortably underneath the tree and tasted it. It was very good. She might never become rich, but she could at least make the best of what she had.

Twittering Tales #6: Wine

writingTime for another Twittering Tale! This challenge is created by Kat Myrman atΒ Like Mercury Colliding…Β and it’s very fun! πŸ™‚ Each Tuesday, she provides a prompt, and your mission is to tell a story based on that prompt in 140 characters or less. You can go and take a look at this week’s promt HERE.

The promt image this week was:

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And here is my story:

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She poured him wine. Her glass was already full, with a liquid too dark and thick. He failed to notice that, or the fangs beneath her lips.

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