Pink Hair, Red Blood

This is an excerpt of a short story I’ve been working on lately, and I’d really like to know what you guys think of it!

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Excerpt
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante

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I didn’t want to believe it was true, but my brothers insisted it had worked on them, so I had to see for myself.

Following their directions, I crossed the forest, made a left at the scarecrow, and spotted the cabin made of bones. They said to knock four times, once at each corner of the blue wooden door, so I did.

It opened. Continue reading “Pink Hair, Red Blood”

Top 10 Book Titles – YA Fiction

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Hello fellow readers! Sometimes I pick up a book only because the title pricks my curiosity. Here’s my Top 10 Book Titles in YA Realistic Fiction–I’ll be doing another one soon with YA Fantasy & Sci-fi Fiction, because I find they need another kind of titles entirely. Continue reading “Top 10 Book Titles – YA Fiction”

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Pictures

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Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about two-and-a-half hours drive from Calgary, Alberta, that I had the chance to visit last June. And it’s simply gorgeous.

So I’ve decided to let the photos talk for themselves.

Continue reading “Dinosaur Provincial Park in Pictures”

Book Club – August

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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 August! Continue reading “Book Club – August”

The Lying Lesson

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Fiction
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

“I would like to apply for the job,” I said with a smile.

The girl popped the chewing gum balloon in her big mouth. “How old are you?”

“Fifty-two.”

She laughed. “How old are you really?”

“Seventy-nine,” I lied again.

My mother taught me some lies are polite, meant to keep people comfortable.

She leaned on the counter. “And what makes you want to work in a fast-food restaurant?”

“Well, I don’t have enough time left for slow food.”

She smiled, then said, “Sorry. We just hired someone.”

Apparently, her mother taught her the same lesson.

Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver

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Last month, I spent a week in Vancouver and it definitely wasn’t enough. I know I’ll have to go back to BC one day to explore more cities and nature. (In a dream trip, I’m driving across Canada in a van.) But for now, here’s my top 5 to do in Vancouver! Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver”

Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway

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TIME TO CELEBRATE

Last month, my blog reached 600 followers. I mean, WOW. This means so much to me! Thank you so much everyone for your support, your likes, your awesome comments, and the precious time you spend on my blog! I’m always so happy to read every notification I get; it feels awesome to know I’m not just writing to myself all the time. So I decided to thank you all with two things. Continue reading “Celebrating 600 followers – Book Giveaway”

Book Club – July

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(Happy Canada Day!)

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 July! Continue reading “Book Club – July”

Waking Up in a Tent with this View

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Last night I arrived in Banff and camped on my own for the first time. It was a little bit scary, to be honest. (I’m such a wimp.) I was awaken in the middle of the night by the rustling of the bag in which I keep my shoes, right outside my tent. I opened my eyes wide, convinced someone was trying to rob me, only to see a squirrel staring at me. Continue reading “Waking Up in a Tent with this View”

Fears

109 words
Fiction
Written by: Audrey Francis-Plante

I pulled the dusty typewriter—your most cherished possession—from under the bed. You had left a note on the sheet of yellowed paper: Write about your fears.

So I took a deep breath and wrote about you.

There was a lot to fear. Your crazy eyes. The crazier thoughts behind them. Every morning when I didn’t know what mood you’d be in.

After, I feared your ghost. The persistent spirit of your anger. Of your power.

I feared never being able to tell you this. Ironically, you helped me tell you through that typewriter and yellowed paper. Was it your way to apologize?

I like to think so.

Top 10 Villains in Fiction

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I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is Villains, in all kinds of fiction. Here we go! Continue reading “Top 10 Villains in Fiction”

Book Club – June

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If you want to join me, 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. (Sometimes the 21st because I’m a wild and untamed procrastinator.) (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 June! Continue reading “Book Club – June”

European Countries I’ve Visited

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So this morning I was playing around with interactive maps where you can enter the places you’ve visited, like an online scratch map. I wanted to see how much of Europe I had actually covered, because I felt like I’d done a pretty good part of it, and MY OH MY WAS I WRONG. Continue reading “European Countries I’ve Visited”

5 Reflections + Quotes on Stress

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Biking along St-Lawrence River, Quebec

5 of my Reflections

The trick to stop worrying about what others might think of you is to realize they’re too busy worrying about what others think of them to think of you.

 

If your work feels like too much work, it’s not the right work for you. Continue reading “5 Reflections + Quotes on Stress”

Book Club – May

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First of all, I’m sorry.

I was not doing very well in March so I just stopped blogging for a while and I skipped a monthly Book Discussion. To be honest, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I got a few messages from you guys asking me about it, and it totally made my week. Thank you.

Really. Continue reading “Book Club – May”

Top 10 First Lines – YA Novels

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I’m really excited to start this new series of posts! I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is First Lines, more specifically in YA books. Here we go! Continue reading “Top 10 First Lines – YA Novels”