Story Inspired by Cassandra Clare

My favourite author is Cassandra Clare, who wrote the Mortal Instruments series as well as the Infernal Devices, so I decided to write a short story inspired by the themes present in Clare’s works.

Cassandra Clare I handed this story in as an assignment for my Enriched English course, in which the instructions were to write about the end of the world. My teacher also mentioned that she does not want to read a dozen stories on the zombie apocalypse, so mine is about a demon apocalypse. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

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Left out in the cold

When the Angel Gabriel looked down on Earth, he saw the inside of the old Hillside’s Church. Which was gritted with a coat of dust on just about everything and was peacefully silent, until Isabella burst through the door. She was out of breath and covered with dirt, rain and blood, which dripped off her clothes making an instant puddle around her black boots. She took a deep breath and started to walk down the aisle with shaky legs, only to find herself crumbling to the floor overtaken by gruesome sobs.

The doors of the old Hillside’s Church was in sight now through the rain, I judged about a 100m run until I can get to safety. Pushing myself faster, I began to kick up mud that sprayed up to my face. The grass was slippery and hard to stay on, even with my slightly spiked boots.

I was almost at the Church gates, when my foot caught on something making me plunge toward the ground. Right when I hit the ground, I turned my body and started to roll to better spread the impact and not slow myself down. But, my rolling was stopped abruptly. When I looked over, I saw a pale boy’s dead face right beside me, staring at nothing. Henry!

I gasped, crawling backwards rapidly away from the body and put my hand down on something sickly cold and wet. Daring to glance down, I let out a scream recognizing it to be a hand, severed from the wrist.

Jumping up, I began slowly towards the boy who had started to get up.

“Oh no. Please, Lord, no.” I whispered to myself, while taking out an iron blade from the holster.

“Henry? Are you still in there?” I asked shakily, even though I didn’t expect the answer I wanted.

Henry’s head shot up unnaturally, revealing shiny black eyes. Before he had time to respond, I jumped on him screaming and stabbed him in the heart with the cold iron blade. I watched his eyes go from a soulless black to a hazel brown.

“…Isabella..” Henry’s voice was painfully weak and his eyes kept rolling, not focusing on anything.

“Henry, I’m so sorry..” I whispered in his ear, then kissed his moist forehead for the last time before yanking the blade out of his chest. The rain kept on my face like a dozen tears, but none of them were mine. “I’m so sorry. Please, forgive me.”

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Fun Drawing Ideas!

Drawing and colouring is a fun and relaxing past time that will help relieve stress. It certainly helps me calm down and take my mind off things that only make me worry. Here are a few ideas to help you get into drawing.

I started my sketchbook off by practising some drawing techniques.Drawings 001

Then I explored a bit and found a great website that provides step by step tutorials on cartoon drawings. That’s when I started drawing mostly Disney characters in my sketchbook. Click here for the website I used http://www.easydrawingtutorials.com/.

I also got some inspiration from Pinterest. Ahh.. Pinterest, I love you. https://www.pinterest.com/.Drawings 009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that phase, I thought it was time to put my own little twist on my drawings to make them more unique and personal.

Hope my sketches will inspire some creativity in some! 🙂

KimmyTalks: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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The Review/Summary:

“The Forest of Hands and Teeth” is the term the characters in the book use to refer to the forest surrounding the village it’s taken place in. They called it this, because the forest is behind a metal fence and is infested with zombies, which they call the “Unconsecrated”. It’s definitely a dystopian novel, because it is set in the future and the village is run by a religious group that call themselves the Sisterhood.

Throughout the book, you discover that the Sisterhood has been keeping secrets from everybody in the village. They tell the people what to believe, they tell them that the Unconsecrated is God’s punishment and that He speaks through them. When Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood, she is content on finding out everything that is being keep hidden because she so desperately wants to believe there is more to the world than just the forest and the village.

I like how the author makes it dystopian by placing it in the future, but having the characters live by the laws of the clergy, similar to the olden days. You can already tell by having this system that it won’t stand long, because we know from history how power can affect even the most religious people. They start to think that they need to punish the ones who sinned because they didn’t do God’s will. But punishment is only supposed to be done by God, so the religious punishers are really going against His will too.

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Character Sketch:

The story is told through the point of view of Mary, a sixteen-year-old girl. She experiences what is like to lose people very close to her, her dad had gone missing in the forest and never came back. Not long after her dad went missing did her mother get bitten by an Unconsecrated. The only family Mary has to turn to is her older brother, Jed, who she has always looked up to but her opinion about him started to change.

Mary has light brown hair, which is similar to her mother’s. The novel does not provide much more description, but by doing that it let’s our imagination conjure up the image we want. I imagine Mary with her hair slightly curly at the ends, her eyes so filled with dreams of the ocean that they’re a bright blue and get wide every time she shares her stories. She has very good pasture, because she was brought up that a women shall never slouch. I think she may wear long old fashioned dresses that buttons all the way up to the neck, because the whole village sounds to be very old fashioned and religious.

She wishes to learn what lies beyond the village, especially to see for herself if the ocean is actually real. She loves telling people the stories that were past down from her great grandmother about the ocean, even though nobody believes her that it’s real.

Look Through My Eyes

The image of Mary’s face, just before I slammed the door separating us, still arises in the back of my head looking more sad and stunned each time. It was a selfish choice to make, but I had to think what was best for Beth and I with a child on the way. She would make me miserable, she looks so much like Mother that I wouldn’t be able to look at her face without getting the brutal reminder of her being Turned.

I would have preferred that she had chosen death over becoming one of the moaning Unconsecrated that wonder along the fence. Mary could have reasoned with her to change her mind, she could have told her that, as her children, we need her to stay here even if it’s in the ground. If only I was there myself to tell Mother such things, but now that that’s been done, I’m scared to go patrolling with my fellow Guardians thinking that I might see my Mother’s face as an Unconsecrated and have to stab her in the head.

There’s no way I can let her stay here while I want to create my own family and try to forget about all that I have lost. Mary is too far gone in the silly stories about the ocean Mother had brainwashed her with, she has to learn that everybody has duties in the village and that’s what’s been keeping this place alive for so long. She thinks that things can just be her way, like how she let’s herself fall in love Travis when her one of her only duties is to have, love and care for Harry’s children. If Mary doesn’t change her ways she’s going to get us all killed.

It’s even hard to look at my own face in the mirror, for I resemble both my father and my mother. I’ve lost too many loved ones already, I wouldn’t be able to go on if I lose my little sister too. The best thing for Mary right now is to be with the Sisterhood, and then become married to Harry for the Harvest Celebration.

Jed is Mary’s brother, a Guardian. Jed blames her for their mother’s death and expels her from their home, leaving her no choice but to join the sisterhood. He is married to Beth, who is pregnant.

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Sure, it’s technically still September but it’s technically also the beginning of the Fall season. Right about now is when you should start thinking about what you’ll be dressing up as for this years Halloween. I am have trouble figuring this out for myself too, so I put together this list of my best ideas of DIY Halloween costumes.

  1. ZOMBIE

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As I was looking up ways to make your own zombie costume, I came across this very cool technique of using liquid latex to make flesh wounds look really scary and gross.. which is the effect you would like to aim for with a zombie costume. All you need for this costume is liquid latex, tissue paper, fake blood, some old clothes to rough up, and for added effect, contact lenses.

2. THE GRUDGE/THE RING

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Simple, yet promising. All you need for this costume is a white dress that you don’t mind getting dirty (or you don’t have to dirty it, depends on what look you’re going for), a long black wig (if you don’t have long black hair), and some white and black face make up to give that dead look.

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