A Gecko’s Guide to “Good” Literature

Write Everyday

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

Stephen King, On Writing

Interrupted sleep

“And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum Roy was ready when his time finally came. He had lived a long life. A life so success and suffering. A like of prosperity …

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Parent’s Secrets

“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?” ― William Golding, Lord of the Flies Being a young child of ten, Jane thought adults were the smartest and coolest people she knew. She did everything to be like her parents. She mimicked their walks and mannerisms, she repeated their sentences and laughter. After a while, however, …

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Being a Werewolf Sucks

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book The problem with being a werewolf is that you have no autonomy. Your life is just decided for you. Once a month you become a killing machine unable to decide your own …

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Real Life Music Score

“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.” ― Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie Whenever an important event would happen in Camilla’s life, music would start to play; Although, no one else seemed to hear it. She was relieved when the music was gentle and calming or even upbeat. It was the menacing melodies she had to …

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The Fae Garden

“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.” ― William Goldman, The Princess Bride Everyone thought that she had past away years ago, but because she died in the garden of the fae, her heart sprouted out of her chest and joined the flowers around her. The garden became her. She became the …

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The Spookier Path

“Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.” ― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth They had reached a crossroads. To the left there were old dead trees and …

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Accidental Criminal

“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.” ― Toni Morrison, Sula She had always wanted to be an artist. The only problem? She wasn’t good at anything. She tried painting and drawing, writing, singing, acting, everything she could think of, but it was no use. She had no talent. Then she discovered knife throwing. …

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Strange Power

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost Peter was born with a strange power. He could bend reality to his will. Anything that existed, he could take it out of existence with a thought, and anything he could imagine, he …

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Banished to the Sea

“When I was a child I truly loved:Unthinking love as calm and deepAs the North Sea. But I have lived,And now I do not sleep.” ― John Gardner, Grendel A thousand years ago, or maybe two, Levi was banished to the sea for stealing away the man of his heart. The man was meant to be a …

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Morbid Curiosity

“Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.” ― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things TW: violence, murder, intrusive thoughts Jacob always thought he had a morbid sense of humor, but when his thoughts become out-of-control murder fantasies, …

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