Daily Story Idea Challenge 13/08/2017

A female military doctor is kidnapped by terrorists and forced to work on their side. A military official decides to seize the opportunity and make her a spy. However, through a series of incredible events and her empathy for all life, she somehow becomes a bridge between both sides and strives to resolve the meaningless conflict once and for all.

*What is the Daily Story Idea Challenge? At the start of this year, I challenged myself to come up with an interesting story idea every day of 2017. You can find my earlier ideas/entries on my Twitter! 

The Unchosen

Depending on how your life has fared, you may have heard of this person. They are one unchosen by fate and luck, one who has lost everything yet bears only pain, no resentment. They willingly carry the suffering meant for thousands and fight to prevent any of it from falling, so no one else will have to taste what they have experienced. They are nameless on the surface, always struggling with their pain when nobody’s looking, secretly pulling the strings that lift everyone’s smiles – they won’t stop, because failure is not an option. They are constantly afraid, afraid of watching tears fall from someone else’s face – because they know the image will remind them of the moment everything changed, but what they don’t know is if they could survive it. So pray for the Unchosen.

Daily Story Idea Challenge 12/08/2017

Far across the land, there is a mystical lake nestled in the heart of a great forest. The souls of those who fall in and drown are trapped forever beneath the surface. However, whenever an unwary adventurer unknowingly drinks from the water of the lake, their soul is swapped with one from within the lake.

*What is the Daily Story Idea Challenge? At the start of this year, I challenged myself to come up with an interesting story idea every day of 2017. You can find my earlier ideas/entries on my Twitter! 

7 Tips for the Over-Productive Person

So this summer break has been quite the roller coaster ride for me, to say the least. Went through a lot of tough times, challenges, but enjoyed many ecstatic, triumphant moments as well. So moving forward into this new semester, just thought I’d share some tips. Namely,

7 Tips for the Over-Productive Person:
1. Know the difference between being strict with yourself and being unfair to yourself. One is a catalyst for evolution, the other is a pitfall.
2. Know the difference between working smart and working hard. Not only does one waste more time/effort, it teaches you less as well.
3. Rest time is not a waste of time. Resting is not doing nothing. Sleep heals the body, but not the soul or mind.
4. Have clear goals. Swinging in the dark will get you nowhere, not to mention the possibility of accidentally hitting other people.
5. Appreciate the world as it is, do not live in/commit solely to your destination. Accept failure with grace. Smile and move on.
6. Do not aim for an idealised state of ‘perfection’. Just be yourself, find things that only you can do and work from there.
7. No matter how hard it gets, enjoy the ride. Pull your hands free from the mud, raise your sweat-soaked head to the sun and laugh because you’re trailblazing your own path through this chaotic world – and that’s worth something.

Daily Story Idea Challenge 10/08/2017

The story of a civilization living inside the body of a giant whale – how they survive, farming and harvesting materials/sustenance, how they adapt to the ‘seasons’ as the whale drifts through different depths/waters, and how they deal with the vicious creatures that are sometimes swallowed alive by the whale.

*What is the Daily Story Idea Challenge? At the start of this year, I challenged myself to come up with an interesting story idea every day of 2017. You can find my earlier ideas/entries on my Twitter! 

Tea

Hot. Steaming.
Potful of liquid golden earth.
A sip brings notes of roasted barley
and patter of deersteps across the forest hearth.
It coils and uncoils, a wisp of tranquil heat
down the bend of my throat
over the crevice-laced heart
mending forgotten muscles and tussles,
hustles the over-ground mill
that once again begins to spin.
And in the wind that trails its wings,
relish the scents
of winter,
autumn,
summer,
and spring.