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What’s Up October?

Life and Writing

So, apparently September is just a slow writing month for me, and that’s pretty okay. I’m still getting my 1k out, and a bit over on a lot of days. But, I’m really excited for the next few months as far as writing goes.

As you all know, NaNoWriMo is in November! National Novel Writing Month is one of my favorite times of year, so I’m extremely excited for it.

I don’t know if you guys remember, but last year I did a 31 prompts for October kind of thing – 31 horror prompts, delivered to you daily for the month of October. I’m going to be doing that again this year (if you have a prompt suggestion and want your blog featured during the month, just drop it in a comment below!) Other than that though, I’m also going to be doing Prep-Tober in anticipation of NaNoWriMo. I’m going to be posting blogs at least twice a week with my own prep tips, tricks, and NaNo advice, so I’m really excited to get to work on that. I think that it’s going to be so much fun.

If there’s any tips or tricks, or anything that you want advice on for NaNo, mentioned it in the comments below. I’ll probably make a few more calls for such, but it’s nice to get a head start.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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October Writing Prompt, Day 1 – The Photo

I’ve chosen to do prompt #20 for my prompt! “There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.” I’m excited to start this (even though it’s getting posted very late in the day for today. I’ve been out all night.) The fresh prompt for day 2 will be posted within the next little bit as well (sometime when there is light outside.)

There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. It wouldn’t usually be such a problem… but I live alone, and this is a brand new phone. I only noticed that it was there because it was set as my background.

For a few moments, I simply stared at my phone, wondering if I’d somehow managed to take the picture of myself… but there was no way. My hands were tucked under the pillow, and the photo was taken by someone who was standing over me. I could feel goosebumps rising on my skin the longer I looked at the snapshot. What should have been an innocent photo of me in my tanktop and shorts was suddenly ominous. I felt so… violated.

A sudden buzz caused me to scream. The ringing on my phone was accompanied by another shot of me sleeping, this time with a grimy hand stroking my hair out of my face. I didn’t want to pick it up. I didn’t want to answer. It was almost as though something forced me to put the cell to my ear and press the button. I couldn’t force myself to say ‘hello’. Instead, I sat silently on the line; my lungs were too tight with fear and anxiety to even allow me to take in a breath. The heavy breathing that I heard in my hear wasn’t an echo of my own.

“I hope you like your picture, Sadie. I always wanted to be a photographer. You’re just so pretty when you sleep.” Laughter spilled out of the speaker and I flung the phone away from me as hard as I could, watching the hundreds of dollars that I had just spent shatter in plastic and buttons. I didn’t care. I didn’t want the phone. I didn’t even want my apartment anymore at the moment. I couldn’t stop myself from pushing out of my bed and grabbing my purse.

I locked the apartment behind me and let out a small whimper of fear. I needed to go to the police. I couldn’t really call them since I’d ruined my phone. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if they would believe me since I’d shattered the evidence…

“Oh, fuck…” I wasn’t even sure if going was the best idea, but I knew that it was my only option. I had to see if they would believe me.

The darkness of the parking garage attached to my apartment was one of the most frightening things I’d ever experienced. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck standing up, and every shadow seemed to dance with malicious intent. It was only as I pulled my keys from my purse and unlocked the door of my car that I heard a ringtone.

It was the same ringtone that I’d heard from my mysterious caller only a few moments ago. There was a flash of light and the sound of a camera clicking. I could see a shadow in the window of my car, but I didn’t get the chance to turn around. A voice spoke.

“Hello, Sadie…” A hand on the back of my neck sent my head slamming forward into the window of my car… and with a sick crack of glass and a burst of pain, the world faded to black.

There we go. That’s literally unedited, uninhibited writing. I want to do these prompts in a way that they’re fresh and just a stream of thought to get me ready for NaNoWriMo. I might go back after November and edit my favorites up! Who knows!

I can’t wait to see what you all have written! Post or link in the comments below!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

-Author Amanda McCormick