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Ariana's Cafe Prompt 5 - July 30, 2014

Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe

I am @arianahbrowning

What is Ariana's Cafe?

Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?

However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.

Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazing from this prompt.

Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something from this prompt, I would love to hear it so I know they are of v…

Ariana's Cafe - Prompt 4 - July 22, 2014

Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe

I am @arianahbrowning

What is Ariana's Cafe?

Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?

However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.

Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazing from this prompt.

Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something from this prompt, I would love to hear it so I know they are of v…

Overheard conversation between Cara and Julian

I overheard this conversation between Cara and Julian after Dark Illusions: The Final Chapter ends and I thought that I would share it with you. I’ll post this tomorrow on ArianaBrowning.com. My editor got uber excited to read Kober enter here. :)

“I have not heard from him in a while, Julian,” Cara says.

“I see.”

“I did not wish this pairing. Seems I was not the only one. He took off shortly after Kat announced—”

Julian, sensing the aggravation in her tone, cuts her off, “I understand how that must have felt, but Cara, what would you have me to do?”

Cara sighs. “Dissolve it, Julian. Only you have the power to dissolve the pairing. Would you have me stuck in this position forever?”

After a long pause, Julian speaks, “No. I will speak with Kat. I will ask her if she knows where he may have gone.”

Cara huffs. “I do not wish anything more to do with him, Julian.”

“No, I suppose not. But Sean cannot simply leave the city without word.”

“This has nothing more to do with me. Please do it quickly. I …

#ArianasWriting - today's bit of writing is from the Ellie story

Sharing a bit of the story I'm working on.

Jeremiah smirked—a rare thing—and grabbed a piece of bread to stuff in his mouth. Why they bothered, she had never figured out. Maybe it was nothing more than the entertainment factor. Food did nothing for them. It went in and turned to dust, as anything else they consumed. They didn’t feel hunger, their systems didn’t need it. Anything that went in, dissolved into nothingness.

“Nothing,” she said with a blank face. He would never understand. None of them would, or could. The last thing she wanted was another lecture from Stone.

“Then come eat. You need it.” Stern. As he always was. Forever assuming she needed to be taught. To be disciplined. Despite him being her husband.
Ariana

Ariana's Cafe Prompt 3 - July 16, 2014

I am so happy to see you came back for the next round!

 What is Ariana's Cafe?

Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?

However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.

Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazingfrom this prompt.

Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something from this prompt, I would love to hear it so I know they are of val…

Horror Thriller . . . I am home

Started my 5th book.  You will find that under the sidebar as "Grace – Horror Thriller - Haunted"
I ask myself as I read the number 5, why do I like to challenge myself so fiercely? I do not know. But one thing I know . . . I love horror books! I started my writing with writing short horror stories that were supposed to be based toward the teenage crowd. (You know . . . like the Scary stories to tell in the dark series?)
So I'm happy that I started one like this. I didn't know it would be a horror thriller, but sure nuff, it turned out that way. 
Despite the weather being near 90 today, I have been able to work on it for a bit. Taking constant breaks so laptop doesn't get overheated is fun! lol
I tend to take it easy in this heat though. I get heat sickness fairly easy if I don't. So mostly I've been catching up on some reading today, not writing. 


Here is a tiny [draft] sample of the beginning of this book: 


[ . . . ] Grace nearly crashed down the entire stair…

I've been thinking . . will you join me?

For a while, I have had an idea about how to share wonderful stories from the growing community that is ArianaBrowning.com. Oprah does it through her TV show, Ellen DeGeneres does it through hers. And I would love to do it as well.



All my life I have truly enjoyed listening to incredible stories about the past. About what people have been through, about what grandparents have passed down through the generations. I have loved to get to know people on a deep level. And I'm talking about so darn deep that there may not be oxygen, but once you come back, you are changed. Okay, maybe not life-threatening sort of deep.

Stories tell us the battles people go through. Stories tell us the amazing feats that someone has accomplished.  They inspire us. Stories remind us that we are not alone. Stories about the little things impacts us, they impact others.

For a while I have been thinking about this, but I have been busy with everything else, so I haven't had the time to implement it. I ha…

Breaking the glass ceiling for female guinea pigs

One of my favourite running gags from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is the way Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones’s love interest in the movie, manages to hold her liquor. First, she outlasts every male brute in a drinking contest in a Nepalese bar. Later, she outwits her captor and Nazi collaborator, the French archaeologist Belloq, by feigning inebriation after pouring themselves one too many drinks. But, despite an appreciation for the humor created by this role reversal, it’s a scenario more unlikely than locating the real Ark of the Covenant. 

Fact is, women and men metabolize alcohol differently. Women generally possess less body water than men of similar height and weight, which means they accumulate higher concentrations of alcohol in their blood after drinking equivalent amounts of alcohol. Women also have smaller quantities of the enzyme dehydrogenase that breaks down alcohol in the stomach. A woman will absorb about 30% more alcohol into her bloodstream than a man of the same …

Ariana's Cafe - Prompt 2 - July 9

I am so happy to see you came back for the next round!

Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe or click for the Facebook Group

 What is Ariana's Cafe?

Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?

However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.

Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazingfrom this prompt.

Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more than you want to, but even if you gained something fro…

Here's a bit about the book I'm just starting on

Getting my next chapter ready to release, as well as the next Ariana's Cafe writing prompt. Immortal Separation is being released in the newsletter in case you've forgotten or missed out. Once I've shared the 3rd chapter, I won't be sharing the link all over. It's up to my newsletter subscribers to share and talk about the rest. So if you haven't subscribed, do it now.

You can read Chapter One here - http://arianasfreebies.blogspot.com/p/chapter-one-immortal-separation.html The link will become invalid once I post Chapter Two. And in case you happen to overlook this chapter, no worries; I will be combining them all at once, and at the top will be jump links so if you just want to start where you left off, you're more than welcome to click and skip ahead. :)

Just started writing my first book of the 8 outlines I was working on. I have 5 complete right now, but this past month I have had a lot going on at home, so I haven't had time to work on the others.…

Seeing Stars

"The image is one thing and the human being another.....It's very hard to live up to an image." - Elvis Presley


Just what is it about celebrities that seem to fascinate us so much? I mean all the hoopla about them didn’t just start with Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. Gossip papers, fan magazines and invasive paparazzi have been around for as long as there has been Hollywood and a desire by fans to see and know as much as they can about their favorite celebrities. But just what IS IT about them that make us stop to read The National Enquirer or People magazine while on the check out line with our peanut butter, shampoo and toilet paper?
Is it the glitz and the glamour of a life that we will never have that draws us in? Is it because looking at Sandra Bullock dressed to the nines on the red carpet in her Valentino gown helps us to forget that we are standing in that checkout line in our old torn up jeans, t- shirt and sneakers while wearing sunglasses because we didn’t …

Ariana's Cafe Prompt 1 - July 2, 2014

I am so happy to see you here! The first official post (and revamping) of the former The Blogging Lounge. Find us on Twitter @ArianasCafe or click for the Facebook Group

 What is Ariana's Cafe?

Simply put: a place for the creative thinker.

How do I use the prompt?

However you like. Use it as inspiration for a discussion, use it to challenge yourself to blog on the prompt as a subject. Use it to help you with a scene that you're struggling with. Use it as inspiration for a piece of artwork.

Bottom line: use your creative mind to come up with something amazingfrom this prompt.

Share whatever you come up with below in the comments. If it's a blog post, share the link (always write some sort of description on the link so people will know you are not just a spammer). If it's a short story you want to share, again, share the link to it. If it's just a thought you had from the prompt, or maybe a scene that it helped you with, share that too. You do not have to share more tha…