On Writing, Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt 48

Disappearing Ink

Here is this week’s writing prompt, an inter-galactic tale of pen-pilfering, ink-drinking bandits. Thanks to my husband for inspiring this one. I was wondering out loud what had happened to a particular pen that I’d had in the kitchen drawer when he suggested maybe there was some pen-stealing faction out there for whom ink was like the spice in Dune. So there you have it.

They were slick, surreptitious. He’d give them that. Those ink-drinking bandits from the outerlands of Rogon 5 had struck again, and this time, they’d hatched a plot so nefarious that the entire supply of ink in the Glacyon Prime system had literally dried up within nanoseconds. A dehydration device of some sort. That’s how they’d done it. They’d turned all of the liquid ink into dried powder form. He admitted it was brilliant. It was much easier to smuggle and transport containers of powdery ink off-world than volumes of liquid. Who knows? Maybe they wanted it in powder form. They could be inhaling it now, smoking it, rather than guzzling it; perhaps they’d found that ingesting it that way made its mind-altering effects more potent. He was wondering where the trail of disappearing ink would lead him next when an alert came in that ink-carrying vessels known as “pens” had been reported missing in large numbers from a planet in the Sol system known as Earth. He clenched his fist. His instinct told him the pen-pilfering hooligans had to be Rogons. He had to stop them before this planet Earth suffered the same fate as Glacyon Prime.

On Writing

The Last Guardian

I’m delighted to announce that my client É.M. Bossé has published her first book, The Last Guardian, a tale of magic and adventure, on Amazon. It’s available as an ebook and in paperback form. I hope you’ll check it out (click on the title above for the direct link)!

On Writing

Magical Mystery Tour

Series books are big in our house.  My eight-year-old enjoys following the continuing story of a character or characters and I think creating a series of books is a terrific tactic for writers of children’s and young adult books.  If you can create an interesting character (or group of characters) that appeals to your young audience, especially one that they’ll find funny, exciting, or interesting, or that they can relate to in some way, and as long as you can keep coming up with new tales of adventure, mischief, etc. for them to engage in, that’s highly marketable (and potentially very profitable). 

My son is really into stories of mystery, adventure, and magic as well as stories with humor.  He’s read a number of the Magic Tree House series of books, the Geronimo and Thea Stilton series, and the Bad Guys books, but he really loves graphic novels.  The combination of pictures and text seems to work well for his age and reading level.  He can get intimidated by unfamiliar words and lots of text, but with graphic novels, he can read most of the words himself and the pictures help him to figure out what’s going on in the story when he comes across words that that he doesn’t know.  Graphic novels also make learning new words easier and a little fun for him.  His must-haves are Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man and Captain Underpants series (he’s read all of them multiple times) and the Wings of Fire graphic novels. 

I’m partial to the Dog Man books because of their balance of levity and silliness and because, well, I’m a fan of comics, graphic novels, and superheroes myself.  It’s fun for our family to read these books together, do different voices for the various characters, laugh, and talk about the lessons learned by the characters (when that happens).  At the moment, the little man and I are reading Book 3 of the Wings of Fire graphic novel series and I think I like the books almost as much as he does, not just because I share his love of stories of magic and adventure but because I find the tale of this band of dragons destined to end an all-out war interesting.  Each of them has a distinct personality and very cool, innate abilities that they’re discovering as they try to fulfill a prophecy and they’re learning and growing as a family along the way. 

What types of kids’ and young adult series do you or the young readers in your life enjoy reading or writing and why?