Sharing Saturday Twenty-Two

The weeks are simply flying and Saturday is here again.  Today’s post will be more on the creative side instead of research based.  It is a less than three hundred word story telling of a girl who does not know who she is until she meets an evil creature bent on destroying her.  It is called Imaginings.  Let’s get started!

A storm filled the sky, lashing out at the cold, brittle branches of winter.  I huddled by the fire’s dancing flames, praying for an answer to who I was. My fire died, and I was left in a sea of utter loneliness.  I fumbled to restart it when a cold, wet thing slithered around my neck. I tried to scream but was silenced by the creature at my back. A slippery voice hissed in my ear, “At last, my child, you have arrived.  The one destined to fill all of my dreams. To provide the life that is slowly leaking from me.” I stilled, scared but curious Did this creature have information regarding who I was? “You,” the creature continued, “the child who was prophesied to fall from the sky to save this Earth.  Fie! I will have you and your power to myself. I will take it and live beyond the time that this world has ordained. Now, come my pet to the Sacred Lake of Imaginings to begin the transference of your life to mine. I have prepared for this for a long time and at last it is coming to fruition.”  His voice cackled, reaching a pitch that forced me to cover my ears. He lifted me up. I screamed, suspended upside down just inches off the ground. He crawled through the woods, expertly avoiding the branches that grasped at us like papery fingers praying for life. Soon we reached a clearing where a lake lay silently reflecting the moonlight.  I was in the air…falling, falling and hitting the water with a spontaneous splash. I struggled to stay afloat, but the water washed over me, dragging me down to the disastrous depths. As darkness enveloped me, the creature howled in laughter.

 

Sharing Saturday Fifteen

It is the fifteenth week of Sharing Saturday!  Today I will be revealing the introduction to an evaluation essay I wrote called The Oracular Secrets of Mystery Covers.  The essay is evaluating the cover of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. Without further ado…

Image result for stalking jack the ripperA book cover is a story, a preview, a glimpse into the secrets held in the book’s pages.  The color, design, title, and imagery draw a reader into a timeless tale. The cover promises that a certain tale will be told of today; one full of intrigue, danger, and gruesome stories of the dead.  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo will take the reader on an unforgettable journey, but before the reader even begins the book he or she is drawn in by the cover.  A mystery cover that tells of abstruse innuendos through symbolism, color, and the title is a successful cover. A book cover should give recherché hints about what is to come.  Stalking Jack the Ripper excellently displays all of the qualities needed for a successful mystery cover.