The Forbidden Forest – A short suspense story

I just wanted to out walk the storm, avoid arriving home in a sopping mess from a unpredictable storm that looked ready to rain hell on everyone in its path at any given moment.

I never wanted to get caught up in his world, I was content living in mine surrounded by my books. But it seemed fate had other plans for me, and I guess I wasn’t going to out walk that storm like planned…

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The forbidden forest

I was walking along the deserted road on a Monday, October evening, lost in thoughts of days pasted and days to come. With the Autumn wind blowing with the promise of an early storm and the rain clouds were looking angrier now than ever.

I left the Library half an hour earlier than I usually did, in the hopes of being able to out walk the storm before it hit and I knew if I kept up my pace, I may just make it before the storm throws down.

Still lost in my thoughts I had just neared the bend when I heard a bloodcurdling scream come from my left…it came from the forbidden forest that was sat there silent and hauntingly at me, almost as if it were mocking me with it’s eerie silence.

It was forbidden to walk through due to all the past animistic attacks, though no one had ever seen the animal in question, that caused the attacks. And some people even thought it was a monster or man turned into a monster that caused those attacks. No one lived through the attacks to tell the tale… so it all remains a mystery to those still living. Nothing for people to do but make up myths and stories in the hopes of keeping children from wandering through

It looked beautiful, but then again, any part of nature untouched by humans usually are breathtaking sights but nothing is as beautiful as the Forbidden Forest when it snows, as every branch and colour is blanketed in white.

A ripple of thunder echoed through the darkening sky making me wrap my arms around myself in the hopes of keep what little body heat I had left enclosed in the small space my body and coat provided.

I was debating on whether or not I should venture into the forest and find the source of that scream or to just ignore it and put it down as my overactive imagination and just go home, when another bloodcurdling scream came again.

Without another thought I changed the direction I had previously been wandering in and stepped foot into the forbidden forest and hoped for the life of me I wasn’t making the wrong decision.

The fallen leaves crackled and crunched beneath my black boots, the only sounds that now greeted my cold tipped ears. The wind seemed to have stopped and the clouds looked ready to rain a storm down on me. I took a deep breath and then jumped as another clap of thunder echoed sounding even louder than before this time accompanied by a quick flash of lightening.

And then…nothing. The sound of crunching leaves where the only things to greet my ears once again. I was starting to question whether I had really heard that scream or if it was actually all in my head. Who would even be out here anyway? And if there was someone here, something bad was/had clearly happened to them, so what could I do? Was I just walking straight into danger? Maybe I should have turned back to the library and phoned the police?

All questions I probably should have asked before walking into the Forbidden Forest alone. Well it was too late for any of that now. Just when I was giving up all hope in finding the cause of that scream I tripped over something, landing hard on my knee’s and spraining one of my wrist as I threw my hands in front of me, trying to brace myself for the impact of the fall.

Clutching my now injured wrist to my chest I sat up and swung my body to look behind me, to find what it was that I had tripped over and froze.

The thing that I had so clumsily fell over while trying to look around at my surroundings looked to be someones limb…a leg to be exact…

It was covered up well with leaves, mud, moss and whatever debris was hidden on the ground that made it hard to tell if that leg had a companion or if it was there solo.

She honestly didn’t want to find out but something in her was pushing her forward, making her move, making her want to find out more and so she slowly started to crawl towards to body with one arm slowly reaching out to touch the leg….

To be continued…..

I hope you all enjoyed this little short expert of completely random and made up on the spot suspense story.

What did you think? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts on my writing and if I should continue this on maybe?

Goodbye Purple Hair

If you follow me on my Facebook page, twitter or Instagram them I’m sure you are all aware of my love for purple and more so my purple hair.

Purple was the first EVER colour I went when I was finally allowed to dye it and I fell in love with it. I never really had a favourite colour I just used to really like black, red, purple, silver and gold at the time, all equally. But then as my love for the other colours faded into the background, my love for purple never.

I have dyed my hair MANY colours over the last 8 or so years and Also find myself going back to purple. I used to try and fall back on red but I’ve decided that’s my bad luck hair colour and I don’t think I will ever go red ever again.

The last couple of months have been tough on me mentally as I’m trying to adjust to a new body change, while still trying to adjust to this new, healthier lifestyle I’ve set for myself and decided a change in colour was needed before I dyed my hair a different purple.

I’ve pretty much have been every colour other than Orange, Yellow and grey/silver and since we are in Autumn I thought I would throw out my fears of what I would look like with orange hair and finally dyed my hair orange!

I won’t lie, I had WAYYYY more confidence when I dyed my hair electric green back when I was in collage than I did when I dyed my hair orange. But the results? I’m pleasantly surprised! I actually really love it and I think I’m going to stay orange for a while (and not just because my hair needs a major break/time to heal).

As nervous as I was, I’m now happy to say, “Goodbye, purple!”

I’m feeling very Autumnal now with my orange hair.

Do you have dyed hair? Or maybe want to dye your hair? Comment below as I’d love to know!

World Smile Day

4th October 2019 is World Smile Day and this October I want to challenge everyone to continue World Smile Day for a WHOLE week!

What is World Smile Day, you ask?


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World Smile Day all began with one man, Harvey Ball. Harvey Ball is known well throughout the world as a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts who then went on to birth the smiley symbol in 1963.

That image went on to become one of the most recognisable symbol of good cheer and faith on the planet. Eventually Harvey become concerned about the over-commercialisation of his symbol, and how it’s original meaning/intent had become lost throughout constant repetition of the marketplace.

With those concerns in mind, he came up with the idea of World Smile Day. His intents were clear… He thought everyone should devote ONE day each year to smiles and acts of kindness throughout the world.

The smiley face holds no hate, no negativity, no animosity, no fear… and Harvey’s idea was that for one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would hence forth be World Smile Day.

What can you do?


Good question. You can wear that amazing smile you keep hiding!

Smiling is simple way to spread happiness and cheer throughout the day. Smiles are contagious and by smiling at others around you, we all can share a positive impact on the world. So what are you waiting for? Start smiling!

Send a positive note or card to a friend/family member.


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Sometimes the best way we can make someone smile is to send them a thoughtful card/ motivational note. Let the reason for someone’s smile be because of your kind words and thoughtful gestures.

Do a good deed.


Part of celebrating World Smile Day is doing something that elicits smiles through our actions. One of the most powerful ways of communication and a great way to spread those smiles is through our actions and doing something nice for others. Consider volunteering your time somewhere or maybe help a friend out with a favour no matter how big or small, or finally schedule some much needed family time! Our actions have always spoken louder than our words.

How will you make someone smile this World Smile Day?

I hope you all enjoyed reading through my post. It’s out on my blog a little later because someone forgot to schedule her finished posts… yup, that someone’s me. So I still have to find a little time to go through them and throw them on a schedule.

Autumn/October Quotes

I don’t know about you but I for one love quotes!

You can find a quote on pretty much anything these days and there are so many amazing, inspiring and captivating quotes that I write down daily in the hopes of applying a little bit of knowledge into my own life.

I have two (almost 3) books FULL to the brim with quotes that I have been collecting since I was 14 and I thought today I would share some of my Autumn/October quotes with you all that I personally loved for one reason or another.

Autumn Quotes

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Autumn Days

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

I love this quote a lot because there have been a lot of things that I have needed to let go of in order to carry out my future the way I want. There have been people I have had to loose, emotions I’ve had to overcome and a lot of negative energy that I had to learn to let go of.

Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.

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A walk in the park

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.

Andrea Gibson

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

Notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.

Friedrich Nietzche

I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.

Dodinsky

The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured it’s treasure upon the leaves.

Charlott Bates

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sun burnt leaves.

Ann Drake

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

No Spring nor Summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne

And All at once, Summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

Dancing of the Autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a Summer’s wave goodbye.

Unkown

The tree’s are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.

Unknown

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

Shira Tamir

Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.

William Wordswoth

Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything burst with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale

Lauren Destefano

Autumn mornings; Sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.

Terri Guillemets

Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colours on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat.

Rusty Fischer

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.

Joe L. Wheeler

Listen! The win is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our Summer evenings, now for October eves.

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn… the year’s last loveliest smile.

William Cullent Bryant

Steam rising underneath a canopy of whispering, changing aspens; Starlight in the clear, dark night, and wondrous beauty in every direction. If only all could feel this way, to be so captured and enthralled with Autumn.

Donna Lynnn Hope

It was a beautiful bright Autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

October Quotes


October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to Winter.

Nova Blair

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

Hal Borland

October had the tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised the world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.

Sara Guillory

October was the least dependable of months… full of ghosts and shadows.

Joy Fielding

Let’s spark up October and make it better than September.

Uknown

The end of Summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October….

A. A. Milne

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.

John Sinor

October is a symphony of permanence and change.

Bonaro W. Overstreet

October is the opal month of the year. It is the mouth of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture month.

Henry Ward Beecher

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of Summer and Winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

I wish every day was Saturday and every month was October.

Charmaine J. Forde

Ah, lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an Autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.

Peggy Toney Horton

It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colours.

Charmaine J. Forde

He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it – the ending and beginning of things.

Jacqueline Woodson, If you come softly

I hope you have enjoyed these quotes and please feel free to add your favourites down in the comments!

Blogtober is here

It’s the 1st October and the start of Blogtober!

All through out September I have been trying my hardest to prepare myself for this years October Blogtober! This will be the first time I am joining in with others across the world in Blogtober and I have to say that I am a mixture of dread and excitement.

I dread finding/coming up with content for this October. I struggle to get a single post out weekly and now I’m partaking in a challenge that requires not only to get my content out EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. but I have to make sure I am able to create content for 31 days. Which considering I usually only get around 6 – 8 posts out everyone month, on a good month it’s a big jump to getting 31 posts out in just one month.

But I am excited to see what I am able to come up with and create under pressure. So this is the only warning I’m going to be giving…, if you think the way I run my blog is messy now…. October is going to be showing a whole new side to unorganised and messy because as hard as I may try to plan things out, nothing every works out in my favour, plans go wrong and the best thing I can do is to just wing it.

I know a lot of people may consider me a little insane for taking up this challenge, but honestly, I’ve never claimed to be sane and there’s nothing I love more than a challenge. If I fail, I’ll celebrate what I have managed to achieve and make notes of things I can improve and If I succeed in finishing this challenge, I can celebrate a full win.

I’ve had quite a few people ask me what is ‘Blogtober’? Which I won’t lie, it baffled me as I assumed this was a big blogger thing (being new to the blogging work, my blog isn’t even a year old yet!) but there are still quite a few people who are unaware of it. So I thought I’d explain a little in this post what Blogtober is.

What Is Blogtober?

Blogtober is where blogger from around the world undertake the challenge of creating and posting out new content in October for the full 31 days. Yes, that does include weekends.

From doing my research there doesn’t seem to be any rules to this other than to just create, create and create! So get as creative and adventures as you like.

*Little note*
There is a Blogtober Facebook group that you can join if you’d like a bit of interaction with other bloggers throughout the challenge. If you’re going it alone on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtags. Each year has it’s own hashtag, last year’s was, ‘#Blogtober18’ this year’s will be, ‘#Blogtober19’ and next year’s will be ‘#Blogtober20’ and so forth.

Over the next following days I will be attempting to post at least one blog post per day onto my blog, some will be Autumn themed, Halloween themed, Mental Health related, book reviews, product reviews, updates, lifestyle, baking, pets and so much more!

As much as I am dreading the stress (Honestly I’ve been stressed about this since I decided to take on the challenge) I’m so super excited to see how create I can be under a little pressure.

I’d love to know if you plan on joining in with Blogtober and remember if you miss a day or two, don’t beat yourself up over it, keep pushing forward and see just what you can achieve when you don’t allow yourself to give up and give in to the temptation of negative thinking. If you can’t complete the full 31 days, give yourself a pat on the back, be proud of the days you were able to do and make notes on what went wrong so you can work towards higher goals.

With that being said, I hope to hear from those taking part in Blogtober and more than anything I hope everyone enjoys their October, and has a wonderful Halloween ahead of them.

Before I go, I want to leave you with a few words…

There’s always a lesson to be learned when things doesn’t seem it’s brightest and has hard as it can be, sometimes you have to be your light. You have to be your sun on a cloudy day.

Attempting/Preparing for Blogtober 2019

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Last week I didn’t post anything and that was/is partly due to trying to get through a ton of books in my TBR pile, making notes and then writing out the reviews. On top of my studies of my online courses…

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The other reason for my absent is due to planning for Blogtober. It’s also part of the reason for not posting any book reviews yet (I’m saving them for October so I don’t struggle too much through the challenge).

What is Blogtober you ask?

Well, quiet simply ‘Blogtober’ is a challenge brought to blogger all over the world to create content EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. of the month in – you guessed, October!

That does including posting content on weekends and holidays too…

As far as I know there doesn’t seem to be any rules to this challenge, You don’t have to blog simply about Autumn/October themed posts, the only requirement is that we simply create content every single day of the week, in October.

The purpose of ‘Blogtober’ is to push bloggers to be as creative as we can, to push that creative spark in us. Whether you are full time, part time or occasional blogger, doing a challenge as demanding as ‘Blogtober’ can allow your viewers to get to know the person behind the blog better.


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Planning

Because this challenge asks for content EVERY single day I have decided to jump ahead and get started on some content to make the challenge a little smoother for me as I know how terrible I am at procrastinating.

Are you attempting ‘Blogtober’ too? I’d love to know down in the comments!

I have a few blog posts coming up this week to do with ‘Blogtober’ and tomorrow for Suicide Prevention Day. I know this post is a little short and I want thank you all for sticking with me!

Announcements

Have you been/overcome/are still getting bullied? Would like to share your story to help inspire others?
Then please feel free to get in touch with me!
I can link the story back to you or we can keep things completely anonymous, it’s completely up to you!

Also I had won a little giveaway and received an amazing book by Marion Grace Woolley author of ‘The Children of Lir’ ( another review I can’t wait to share with you all).

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a fantastic week!