Sneak Peek of my Work-in-Progress

Hello everyone!

Update: I’m currently working on a short story collection, and I wanted to share a little extract of one of them with you guys! I’d love to hear what you think of it! So don’t be shy to let me know in the comments! 🙂

Warning: It has a dark Valentine spirit to it 😉 🖤

Here goes!

Extract of a short story

200 words

Written by Audrey Francis-Plante

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Book Club – February

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of February!

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Zodiac Signs Book Tag

Hola book blogging community! I hope you’re all doing well! I felt like having a little fun with a new book tag, and I thought about constellations and zodiac signs. I have no idea if this has been done before, apologies for not doing my research. But here I go!

RULES

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Top 5 West Canada

 

This summer, I made a trip through West Canada and it was amazing. When people ask me what was my favorite part of the trip, I honestly have a hard time answering. But I managed to narrow my list of awesome things I did in West Canada down to five. Here they are: Continue reading “Top 5 West Canada”

Mexico in Black & White Photos

First of all, I want to say HI!

I know it’s been a while since I posted, I’m sorry about that, but I was in Mexico and it hasn’t been easy to find the time and motivation to stay inside to write posts when I was travelling in this beautiful country! I completely fell in love with it, and I’ve scheduled a bunch of posts to tell you more about it, but in the meantime, here’s some B&W photos of my trip.

I don’t know why, I was just having fun taking B&Ws. Tell me if you like them! Continue reading “Mexico in Black & White Photos”

2018 Reading Challenge

So I read 48 books this year, thus failing my goodread goal of 50, haha. But I still think it’s a lot considering how much travelling I did this year. (I don’t read as much when I’m travelling.) And also, I read an incredible amount of GREAT books this year so I feel accomplished, haha.

I have a LOT of travel plans for 2018 (Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Mexico, and small trips in Canada) so I’m going to try to stay realistic with my reading goals. Continue reading “2018 Reading Challenge”

Book Club – January

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the very first book of 2018. Continue reading “Book Club – January”

Top 10 Books I Read in 2017

Hola fellow readers! I hope your year was filled with wonderful stories and amazing characters! (I know mine was!) I read a total of 48 books this year, and OH MY GOD it was torture to sit down and pick only 10 of my favorite ones because I read so many good books! (Honestly, I still have a migraine.)

Here they are: Continue reading “Top 10 Books I Read in 2017”

2017 in Writing

I’m not going to lie, 2017 was a great year for me. I read great books, I travelled to great places, and I wrote a lot. Here are my writing accomplishments of the year.

1. I completed a certificate in Creative Writing with the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. (For a girl who dropped out of school 4 times, this is HUGE.)

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Book Discussion – Peter Pan

Author: J.M. Barrie

Genre: Children Literature

Pages: 217

Publisher: Puffin Classics

Synopsis

Do I really need to tell you what this book is about? Let’s just say, All children, except one, grow up.

(A.k.a one of my favourite quotes EVER.) Continue reading “Book Discussion – Peter Pan”

Dean & Lily – Episode 9 (Season 1 Finale)

309 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Season 1 Finale


At the end of the Color Stage, Malone transfers a file into our wristbands, telling us it will only be available for two hours. Then it starts pouring and the wind takes a violent turn, so we all hurry to get home. I open the file in the warmth of my bed, with the rain rattling against my window.

The file includes thousands of banned information and pictures about famous paintings.

I look at the beauty and the paint strokes I would never have dared to try in my wildest dreams. Some of them don’t make any sense, but they hit me anyway. Like there’s a the story between the line of each color.

Colors.

So many of them. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 9 (Season 1 Finale)”

Dean & Lily – Episode 8

388 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 8


Malone gives everyone a heavy gun loaded with paint capsules, and asks each Trouper to pick an initiate as a partner. I mutter a curse when Dean steps forward.

“Lily,” he says, and a few people snicker.

“I’d like to team up with literally anyone else,” I say at once.

“Then you should definitely team up with Dean,” Malone says. “The Troupe works as a unit, a family. No time for kitty fights.”

More chuckles. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 8”

Top 10 Fictional Homes (Where I’d Love to Celebrate Christmas)

The countdown to Christmas has begun, so there’s no better time to do a TOP 10 of the Fictional Homes where I’d love to spend the holidays. Without further ado, here I go:

10. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Remember the huge, awesome, magical mansion in which Lena lives? Yeah, I could definitely spend Christmas there. Continue reading “Top 10 Fictional Homes (Where I’d Love to Celebrate Christmas)”

Dean & Lily – Episode 7

416 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 7


 

“Welcome to your first Stage,” a tall woman with long, purple hair tells Sierra and me as we climb over the fence. “I’m Malone.”

I look behind her, at the people circling the lake, making wild music with trash cans and cooking ware. I spot Dean in a second—all in black except for his blue hair. He’s drumming a beat on a tire rim. He looks up as if sensing my gaze. I look away.

“Is this everyone?” I ask. “The whole Troupe?”

I make a quick count: ten people, including Malone. “No,” she says. “Only last year’s initiates.”

Two boys climb over the fence and join us, panting. “Hey, guys,” one says. His gaze falls on me. “Lily Punch.” Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 7”

Dean & Lily – Episode 6

305 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 6


I sneak out of the house wearing black pants, sweater, and running shoes. The subway doesn’t work this late, which means that if I want to make it to the Nuclear Lake on time, I have to run.

I race through puddles and rain, laughing. First stage is Colors. I can’t wait to see what the Troupe has planned for us. Water seeps into my shoes when I run across downtown. Sixteen centimeters of water is way too much for my old running shoes.

Then the smell of chemicals hints that I’m approaching the Lake. Near the wide fence framing it, I slow down, reaching a girl I remember from the Ceremony.

She smiles at me and we walk together. “You’re Fisty Lily,” she says, panting. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 6”

Book Club – December

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of December! Continue reading “Book Club – December”

Nicaragua without a Plan

I just came back from my trip through Nicaragua, and I want to go back. But this time for a different reason.

I usually travel with a bunch of activities and sightseeing to check off a list, but for once I got on a plane with absolutely no idea of what I’d be doing once at my destination. Acutally, that’s a lie. The one thing I knew I wanted to do was volcano-boarding and I never did it–ah! Continue reading “Nicaragua without a Plan”

Top 10 Turtles All the Way Down Quotes

This month, I read John Green’s new novel, and oh my god I loved it so much. If you’ve read my review about it, you know just how much I’m in love with this book.

Fact: My copy is filled with post-its because all the lines in this novel are just too perfect.

So I figured it was worth doing a post of my top 10 favorite quotes in this beautiful novel. Here they are:

Continue reading “Top 10 Turtles All the Way Down Quotes”

7 Types of Travellers in Youth Hostels

You think about giving a try to youth hostels and you want to know what to expect? Then this post is for you!

 

The thing I remember most about my trips is the people I meet, and with time I’ve come to notice the travellers I see in dorms usually fall in one of the following categories:

Continue reading “7 Types of Travellers in Youth Hostels”

Top 10 Fictional Deaths

I heard once that November is the month of the dead, and even tough I’m too lazy to check this fact on the web, I love to spread this “fact” to as may people as I can. So hello, everyone! November is the month of the dead! And for that reason my Top 10 is about Fictional Deaths!

Note 1: These are NOT characters I enjoyed seeing dying, ON THE CONTRARY.

Note 2: SPOILER ALERTS, obviously. (I’m going to do my best not to name who died, except for very popular titles that I assume everybody read.)

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Dean & Lily – Episode 4

347 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 4

I try to open the message a couple of times but it’s locked. Instead of a subject, there’s a countdown to midnight, when it will open.

I throw my wristband on my night table and lie down on my bed with my art box propped on my belly.

“Lock door,” I say to the room.

I don’t open the box until I hear the click of my bedroom door. I grab a thick, black marker and a blank piece of fabric. I’m not silly enough to risk getting caught buying art supplies in black markets, so I rip canvas out of old clothes, and I make my own ink with anything I can find.

Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 4”

Calgary, Dinosaur Park, and the Importance of a Travel Journal

Yesterday, I found myself reading one of my travel journals–the one I brought with me through West Canada. As I read it, I realized I’d almost entirely forgotten what I’d visited in Calgary.

Honestly, it was scary. I had no recovery at all of the following trip, which happened just a few months ago. Excerpt from my journal:

June 17, 2017

Yesterday was terrible.

  1. Woke up at 5 am to take a bus to Nanaimo.
  2. Took ferry to Vancouver.
  3. Took bus to train station
  4. Killed time in a café writing and trying to stay awake.
  5. Took night bus to Calgary.

Continue reading “Calgary, Dinosaur Park, and the Importance of a Travel Journal”

Book Club – November

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of November! Continue reading “Book Club – November”

Looking for Tips – Nicaragua & Costa Rica

As you may know, I’m leaving for Nicaragua and Costa Rica in just two weeks (I’M FREAKING OUT), and I was wondering if some of you guys had ever been.

If yes, it would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to let me know in the comments what were your favorite things to do, or overrated things I should avoid, or any tips at all concerning these two destinations, really. Continue reading “Looking for Tips – Nicaragua & Costa Rica”

Blog Birthday – Giveaway

My blog is two years old!

Two years of sharing my travels, my favorite books, and my writing with you guys. I’ve had slumps, and I won’t pretend there weren’t moments when I wondered what was even the point of blogging, but I’m so glad I kept going.

Because you guys are amazing.

Every like and every comment always brightens up my day. So what better way to thank my awesome readers than by doing a giveaway? Continue reading “Blog Birthday – Giveaway”

Dean & Lily – Episode 3

379 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 3


 

Downtown Water Level Now 16 Centimeters

 

The headline illuminates the screenwall of my room, waking me up. I grunt when I see the time on the corner of the screen. 8:05.

I’m late. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 3”

One-Liner Challenge

This challenge was SO much fun to do! I want to thank the amazing Awkward Book Blogger for creating it and tagging me. Check out her blog; it’s awesome.

The idea is basically to write one-sentence summaries of some of your favourite books (well, I least I picked my favourite books) and also poke some fun at it. We don’t mean any harm to the stories (favourite books, remember?) it’s really just for fun! Continue reading “One-Liner Challenge”

Book Club – October

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

So here’s the book of October! Continue reading “Book Club – October”

Blogger Recognition Award

The wonderful, wonderful Jasmine, from readingwithjax nominated me for the lovely Blogger Recognition Award. (Everybody, go check out her blog! You can thank me later!)

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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Back to School Book Tag

Hello fellow readers! It’s September, and most of the people I know went back to school this month. Even though I didn’t, I felt like doing this tag just for fun. I haven’t created it, but I saw a bunch of different BTS tags online and decided to do one of them. Anyway, without further ado, here it is!

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Dean & Lily – Episode 2

340 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties


DEAN & LILY
Episode 2


The girl to my left shrieks when my fist connects with Dean’s jaw. My knuckles ache too much for a second punch, so I grab his blue hair and kick him in the groin.

He bends in two, but forces a smile. “Did you change your hair?”

“You’re a Trouper?” Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 2”

Looking For a Fellow Writer (or Two)

You like to write?

You want to try writing in a group?

I’m planning on writing a paranormal Short Story for Halloween but I’d like to try something different and write it with one or even two other writers. 

If such a collaboration might interest you, just email me at audreywritesabroad@gmail.com and we can form a writing group and start brainstorming! Continue reading “Looking For a Fellow Writer (or Two)”

Dean & Lily – Episode 1

350 words
Dystopia, YA
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante
Photo Art by Plaidbowties

DEAN & LILY
Episode 1


The stench of flood and rotten apple is so strong I almost faint as I climb over the fence. I put on the mask they asked me to bring and step into the darkness of the orchard.

I grin. Continue reading “Dean & Lily – Episode 1”

The Road to Banff

I drove from Calgary to Banff on my own, and it was definitely perilous. The thing is, everywhere you look is so DAMN BEAUTIFUL that I couldn’t focus on the road, and I kept trying to take some photos which was downright life-threatening. (Kind of worth it, though, but definitely DON’T do that.) Continue reading “The Road to Banff”

Book Club – September

If you want to join, the rules are simple: I announce the book we’ll be reading on the 1st day of each month and we discuss it in a new post that I’ll publish on the 20th. (If you want to make a review of the book on your blog feel free to link it in the comments on the 20th so we can all share and talk books and love life and be awesome.) (For more info, click here.)

Now comes the time to announce the book of September! Continue reading “Book Club – September”