Goodbye Vicky Holmes

I just got the news that Vicky Holmes, one of the original Erin Hunters, is leaving the Warrior Cats team. She’s been in charge of the ebooks for a while, and after writing Pinestar’s Choice, she decided she had run out of cat stories in her head. No matter what people say, she always wrote about the clans for self-betterment. She wasn’t in it for the money. She wrote because her fans loved it, and she loved it above all else. My friends, who also love Warriors, have a few words of goodbye for her.

“You have written amazing stories that inspired me to read when no other books did the trick.”

“Thank you for writing stories that have inspired my daughter to be a writer.”

“She gave Warriors fans a better idea of what happened outside of the books and she made me cry in Ravenpaw’s Farewell. She will be missed.”

And here are my words, straight to Vicky herself.

Your books have been a core of inspiration throughout my writing career. They made me create clans with my friends. They made me host a fight club in the recess yard of my elementary school where I taught 3rd graders how to fight. The battle between Bloodclan and Lionclan is a battle I often use as source material for my own content. Your world building skills help shape my own. I can’t thank you enough for all the great stories you have written. Warriors is a series that keeps me inspired to be a writer, from it’s descriptions to battles to your very own love for your own content. That’s something we don’t see a lot of in today’s world. Thank you for writing about the five clans. I wish you good luck on your future books and the greatest life I can wish for you.

Writing Prompt Central: Teleportation

For this week’s prompt, it’s a simple opening line, that can be used in any story you imagine, free of copyright.

I know it’s weird to try and teleport. Humans can’t do that. I was always a weird person, so the thought floated across my mind. Of course, I turned weirder when I succeeded. 

This is a short post, but for a prompt, short posts are always good.

Prompt Central #1: Christmas Characters

So I’ve decided to start creating weekly prompt posts every Thursday in order to help people’s creative juices flow. These posts will be exceptionally shorter than normal, as all I will have to say is the prompt of the week.

The first prompt on this blog is about Christmas. To be exact, how your characters act around Christmas. This relates to my most recent post, Why the Little Things Can Truly Shape Your Character. I mentioned Christmas a lot in that post, so I decided to create a Christmas prompt. Now, out of your group of characters, answer these questions.

  • Who decorates the tree?
  • Who hums/softly sings Christmas carols as they walk around?
  • Who screams Christmas carols everywhere they go?
  • Who tells the screamer to stop, they’re embarrassing themselves?
  • Who only wears Christmas sweaters for the entire month?
  • Who celebrates Hanukkah?
  • Who wishes the holidays would be over?
  • Who goes out the shovel the snow?
  • Who goes to play in the snow?
  • Who hates the snow?
  • Who wakes up at midnight on Christmas Day to put presents in the stockings?
  • Who stills believes in Santa?
  • Who ruins the Christmas spirit everywhere they go?
  • Who buys the best presents?
  • Who re-wraps old gifts to give again?
  • Who drives the car for five hours to visit family?
  • Who passes out in the back of the car listening to carols on the radio?
  • Who cooks the big Christmas meal?
  • Who brings Chinese takeout to the meal?

These are just a few Christmas ideas to add to your characters. You can imagine any group of characters doing these activities, from friends to family to even your favorite relationship!

Relationships, however, are for another time.