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Becca Productions has made it their mission to convey thought-provoking and insightful ideas to create riveting content that is quite unique. I strongly recommend checking out some of their content, especially their television talk show and radio-hour style anthology.


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Planet Nine – 1

   Hey guys! As you may (or may not) know, I have been writing a serial on my Instagram.

I will be posting the serial here as well, five parts of it per post.

You can find my first serial here.

Without further ado, here is Planet 9 – parts 1 through 5.


2291. The year when nations began a nuclear war, tearing humanity apart. By 2302, the Earth had finally become uninhabitable. Humans had been able to survive on Mars, but it simply was not enough. We needed to begin the conquest; journeying farther than any humans had ever gone in search of a new world that we could live on.

I stepped onto the ship and stopped. Turning around, I cast one final look at my family before the doors closed behind me. I didn’t know if I would ever be here again.

It was June of 2365. The population of Mars had  grown drastically during in the last six decades. There were only a few hundred million of us on a Mars to start with, and now there were nearly two times as many of us. Resources were scarce. The Chancellor of The Republic of Mars had decided that in order for us to survive, we needed to send people in to space. The last time mankind had done that was in 2059, only two decades after we sent man to Mars. The United States had sent people out into the solar system to see if there was anything beyond what we knew of. They never returned.

Now it was our turn to venture far into the clutches of space. For centuries scientists had debated over whether or not a ninth planet existed. If there was one, it could be inhabitable. We were to journey out into the Kuiper belt in hopes of finding said planet. There could be nothing there whatsoever, but it was worth a shot.

And so, our mission began.

I turned to face away from the doors. “Welcome aboard Anton!” The ship contained an entity that wasn’t exactly human. Artificial intelligence had gotten to the point where we had developed something that was seen as the epitome of man in an entirely different form: a robot that could access all technology through its system. Sterling controlled nearly everything. “Hello Sterling,” I called out. I looked up expectantly at the ceiling. A metal arm with a smartphone lowered from the ceiling. I pulled off the phone and turned it on. Every crew member had a phone, aside from Spencer, who could tap into the messaging features through his system. One of the applications on the phone showed an in-depth map of the ship. All crew members were present. “Attention everyone! Time for liftoff,” Sterling announced through the ship speakers.

The other six astronauts were already in the Hub when I arrived. The Hub was essentially the core of the ship. All of the technology and monitoring systems were located here. Food was stored in various containers. There was a recreational area with a few games and books, all fixed into position on shelves. Finally, there were seven chairs in front of the monitors, one of which showed the crowd outside watching us. All seven of us sat down and buckled up.

10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

With a tremendous shudder, the thrusters began to fire, and we slowly lifted off of the ground.

“Legend” By Marie Lu – Book Review

   “Legend” by Marie Lu is the beginning of a dystopia trilogy set in the United States. The country has split in half, and The Republic governs the west. The story follows two teenagers: a criminal and the child of a wealthy family.

Note: this review will contain major plot spoilers and scenes that are unsuitable of younger audiences. Reader discretion is advised.


   The government of the Republic is attempting to find an elusive criminal named Day. Day, as far as his family members (aside from his brother) know, is dead. Day is traveling around with his friend Tess, an orphan with great healing skills. 

     While spying on his family, Day learns that one of his family members is infected with a disease, and he breaks into a hospital to steal medicine. He manages to do so, but not without being confronted by a guard. Day stabs the guard in the shoulder and escapes. The next morning, the guard is found dead. His younger sister, June, is sent to hunt down Day. She comes from a rich family that is friendly with the Republic. June accidentally ends up in a fighting ring and beats up a member of the Patriots, a resistance group that is locked in combat with the Republic. June is later attacked by a group in an alley. Day and Tess save her. June and Day fall in love, but June comes to realize that Day is who she has been hunting, and returns to her home to report his identity to the republic. June finds her brother’s computer and learns that his murder is not what it seems. He believed that the Republic planned to kill him. June realizes Day is innocent and that the Republic is corrupt and the government officials are evil.

     A military official goes to Day’s house and threatens to shoot his mother unless he reveals himself. Day does, but his mother is killed anyways. Day and his brother John are arrested and sentenced to death. June, enlightened to the evils of the Republic, decides to help save Day. She convinces the Patriots to save Day. The Day of the execution, the Patriots rescue Day. John, however, is executed. June and Day are aided by the Patriots, and the pair get on a train to travel to the east – the Colonies. 

   The plot was decent. I personally was not a fan of the predictability and lack of complexity. The death of Day’s family members didn’t really have much of a purpose other than to fuel June’s hatred against the Republic, which was unnecessary once she found out that they had killed her brother.


    The characterization in this book was good. The three main characters had a decent amount of depth. June and Day’s love interest likely conflicts with Tess later in the series. My guess is that Tess will have been secretly in love with Day, creating a love triangle and forcing Day to chose between the two.


   I would rate this book, overall, a 3.5. I was not a huge fan of this book, but it did have a few excellent scenes. For me, personally, it was little more than an average dystopia book. I will give this book an age rating of 12+ due to several violent scenes and occasional light swearing.

New Book Review System

   I’ve adopted a new system to review and rate books. Instead of rating books out of five stars, I will be rating them out of ten.

Here is what the new ratings mean:

1- I loathe this book with a burning passion and I believe that nobody should ever read it.

2- This book was very bad and I strongly recommend avoiding it at all costs.

3- I recommend not reading this book unless you wish to be extremely bored.

4- At best, this was a mediocre book and I give it a weak recommend.

5- This book was decent and I would recommend reading it.

6- I enjoyed this book and think it’s a good book that should be read.

7- It is a very good book and should be read by everyone, even people who don’t necessarily enjoy literature. 

8- This book is excellent and I strongly recommend reading it.

9- This book rivals some of the books I personally consider the greatest books of all time and should be read at your earliest convenience.

10- This is the magnum opus of literature and you must read it immediately. 


“Camp Half-Blood Confidential” by Rick Riordan – Book Review

     “Camp Half-Blood Confidential” is a collection of various short stories, illustrations, and miscellaneous scenes that all pertain to Rick Riordan’s fictional world of gods, monsters, and adventure.

 Note: this review will differ from my normal style due to the fact that there is no real plot line. 

   This book has minor connections to a few of Riordan’s series in that it’s set in the same universe and has many of the same characters. This book does not contain major links to any series/the overarching plot line. The book is set sometime after “The Hidden Oracle” and will contain minor spoilers if you have not read THO. 

   The book essentially opens on CHB minus Chiron (who is off to rescue some demigods who could possibly be important characters later on) and Dionysus who is MIA. Nico discovers that none of the other campers have seen the CHB orientation film, and the campers decide to play the film. The rest of the book comprises of various scenes and stories from said film, little bits of Apollo’s bad poetry, explanations of tourist attractions and maps of CHB. In addition, we have the standard glossary of characters, and a preview of “The Dark Prophecy.” The characters are the same, no new characters are introduced that have not been mentioned in a previous series.

   Overall,  this was a mediocre book. Nothing special. I’d rate it 5/10 and give it a weak recommend. I’d give it an age rating of 8+ for mild/infrequent violence.

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Writing Prompts 2

More prompts! 

Sci-Fi Prompts: 

  1. The moon suddenly disappears with no explanation. What happened?
  2. While on a trip to Easter Island, a man discovers carvings in a cave that depict aliens visiting to help move to Moai.

Horror Prompts:

  1. Police try to hunt down a serial killer in Las Vegas before he murderers his next target.
  2. A group of friends decided to explore the creepy abandoned hospital that was shut down after several surgeons were convicted with malpractice and murder.

A Little Preview of What I’m Working On

Hey guys!

As you may or may not know, I have been working on a short-story collection for quite a while now. I have begun to edit the collection, and I hope to publish it this fall. 

The collection consists of a few short stories and a glimpse at some of my future works. If you’re a fan of horror, mystery, and sci-fi, you’ll probably enjoy this book! Personally, my favorite of the stories is about two detectives, Jake Ferin and Walter Stanwood, investigating a robbery that seems to be flawless. Writing it was interesting as it was initially merely an experiment; trying to write in a different style than I normally do. Now, however, it has evolved into a rather interesting story.

Additionally, the first horror story I ever wrote is included in the collection, as well as a ghost story and a piece concerning a very strange monstrous creature wreaking havoc all over America.

I hope you guys are excited for the release! I certainly am.

I will likely post once I have completed the editing process. 

“Pines” by Blake Crouch – Book Review

     “Pines” by Blake Crouch is the first book of the Wayward Pines trilogy. The name might sound familiar as there was a TV show based off of the trilogy, but it was canceled after season two.

Please note: reader discretion is advised. This review will have detailed plot spoilers. If you want to see my rating of the book and whether or not I recommend it, go to the bottom of the review.

     The book starts off with a secret service agent, Ethan Burke, sent to the fictional town of Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two other agents. Ethan and another agent are in a car accident, and Ethan wakes up in the hospital in Wayward Pines. Ethan’s phone, ID, and briefcase are nowhere to be found. Many questions begin to arise: why can’t Ethan contact his family or the secret service office in Seattle? Why does nobody believe he is who he claims to be? Why can’t anyone speak of the past? Why is there a giant fence surrounding the town, and why did he find the rotting corpse of one of the missing agents in an abandoned house?

The writing and plot of this book are very interesting. The chapters flash between Ethan (in Wayward Pines0 and his wife and their son (in Seattle). The reader comes to realize that things in Wayward Pines are very, very off. Everyone acts very strange, aside from one lady, Beverly, who Ethan meets and befriends. Ethan ends up finding the other missing agent, Kate Hewson, who claims she has been living in the town for over a decade. She tells Ethan that everyone is constantly under surveillance, and he discovers that there are microphones and cameras everywhere. 

Beverly explains to Ethan that the other agent was killed. When someone commits a serious crime in the town, the townsfolk hunt the criminal down and the sheriff executes them. Ethan ends up back in the hospital after a confrontation with the sheriff, and the book changes perspective to his wife. A man named David Pilcher who is somehow involved in Ethan’s disappearance captures Ethan’s wife and their son. Ethan awakes in the hospital once again to the town psychiatrist sitting next to him. He and the head nurse, Pam, begin to prep Ethan for some sort of medical procedure, but Beverly manages to help Ethan escape. The two of them  are later hunted down by the townsfolk and Beverly is executed. Right before the chase to capture Ethan begins, his wife is seen in a house in the town, refusing to join the hunt.

Ethan manages to pass the fence and reaches the mountains that border the town. While he climbs, he encounters strange monsters that try to kill him. The monsters kind of reminded me of Golem but a lot stronger and without an obsession with a ring. 

Ethan manages to make it to some sort of facility in the mountains. Ethan is captured by the sheriff and the psychiatrist, Dr. Jenkins. They are about to kill him, but Jenkins delivers the earth-shattering truth about Wayward Pines. In the late twentieth century, David Pilcher realized that because of the environmental destruction committed by humans, humanity would eventually evolve into monstrous creatures. Pilcher proceeded to capture many humans over the next few days and preserve their bodies. Two thousand years later, Pilcher awakened the people and staged car accidents. Everyone in the town believes that they are in the twentieth/twenty-first century, but this is not the case. They are are living in the early 4000s. Then, Jenkins reveals himself to  be Pilcher. 

     The main things I liked about this book were the ingenious plot and the characters. Many of the characters were not perfect, including Ethan. Far too often the protagonist of the story is a flawless person that has no faults whatsoever. Ethan, however, has a dark past. He had an affair with Kate while married to his wife. He had been captured in war and tortured for months, and eventually killed his torturer. The sheriff, while seeming to be an antagonist ultimately had good intentions; keeping people from finding out the truth.

Overall I would rate this book 5/5 stars and I strongly recommend it to anyone that likes sci-fi, dystopia, and mysteries. I would give an age rating of 13+ due to swearing and a few detailed & gory scenes. 

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Writing Prompts 1

   Want to write a short story or flash fiction but have no idea where to start? Yeah, I’ve been there. I’ve decided to compose a list of writing prompts/starters/ideas for those who need an idea to begin a story.

General Prompts:

  1. Your character is approached by a man who claims he possesses the ability to see the future. He proceeds to disclose to said character that he/she will, in 48 hours, be the only human being on Earth.
  2. Your character is the commander of a planet-wide defense agency and must use all the resources of mankind to defend Earth from an alien attack.

Horror Prompts:

  1. The locals of a small town often report seeing an odd creature lurking in the shadows at night. There are a handful of disappearances linked to sightings of the creature.
  2. A band of teenagers go to a nearby island to throw a party. The island is covered with woods and lacks inhabitants. Things start getting chilling when one of the attendees stumbles out of the woods with a knife in his chest. With his last breath, he tells the others to run.

Mystery Prompts:

  1. A famous painting is stolen from a museum. Inspection of surveillance camera tapes reveals the thief to be an employee of the museum. One week later, while in prison, the employee is found dead, having been stabbed in the back with a knife. But where is the painting, and who killed the employee?
  2. A well-regarded lawyer is caught fabricating evidence to prove the defendant of a burglary guilty. Said lawyer has no relation to either the burglar or the case…or do they?

I’m planning to make this a series – uploading 5+ prompts a week. 

If you use any of these, make sure to let me know!

Mansion of Horrors

From February-May of 2017, I wrote a serialization series entitled “Mansion of Horrors” on my Instagram. I’ve now decided that I ought to upload the series here: 28 parts + the epilogue.

Happy reading!


   I walked briskly to the door of the abandoned mansion and knocked on the door. I was hoping for someone to open the door, to tell me to turn back instead of going further. I was walking straight into the jaws of death.

   Nobody opened the door. I took a deep breath to steady myself, and turned the doorknob. After I pushed the door gently, it creaked open, revealing a front hall covered in red carpet…the color of blood.

   I took a tentative step onto the blood red carpet. Nothing bad happened. I relaxed for a moment and surveyed the hall. It was dark, with a chandelier and dark wooden walls. There were three doorways, and the main door behind me. I turned for one last look outside, and the door slammed shut, making me jump.

   I whirled back around, my heart thumping in my ears. That’s when I heard it; a quiet chatter. A choir of whispers, different pitches and volumes. I couldn’t discern a single word, and I was quickly filled with unease and dread towards what was to come.

   I took a tentative step forward. Next to the doorway directly in front of me was a staircase. I decided to take the doorway to my right first. I quietly tiptoed over and peered in. The room was a sitting room, with a fireplace and chairs.

   I stepped into the room, striding towards the fireplace. When I neared it, the fire blazed up. I jumped back in surprise. It must have been an electric fireplace, but I had no idea who, or what, had turned it on.

   I heard the whispers again. I could somewhat make out one voice; that of a man, an elderly one. “Don’t get to close to the fire, you might get burned!” I heard. I spun around to see a man sitting in one of the chairs with his feet up.

   He was old. Too old to be alive. I stepped towards him, my eyes wide. He had gray hair and was dressed in a suit. He grinned at me, and his flesh fell away. I stifled a gasp. His skin fell, revealing glistening bones. His skeleton opened it’s mouth in a silent scream before it too crumbled to dust.

   I stared blankly at the spot where he had sat. What the heck had just happened? And was it real or simply some sort of trickery, something fake? I glanced around the room and spotted another door, leading towards the back of the house. I stepped through it, into a kitchen.

   As I stepped over the threshold of the door, one of the doors in a cabinet swung open, revealing a line of extremely sharp knives. I glanced around, and stepped towards the oven, which was open. Suddenly, one of the knives flew at me.

   I nearly screamed as the knife flew through the air. It was pointed straight at my head, and would had killed me had I not jumped aside just in time. Instead, it simply impaled my shirt to the wall. I stood there for a moment in shock, realizing that I had been that close to death.

   After regaining my composure, I quickly tore the knife out of the wall. It had left a large tear where my shirt was pinned to the wall, but that was insignificant. With a shaking hand, I gripped the knife. At the time, it made sense to keep it in case I faced any sort of adversary here.

   I rapidly walked over to the oven, the door of which was ajar. The light inside was on. How peculiar. I slowly pulled the door to the oven open fully, revealing the decapitated human head sitting on the top shelf. The head was splattered with blood. I let out a low moan and immediately pushed the door shut.

   As I quickly stepped over the threshold leading out of the kitchen into the butler’s pantry, I thought about the series of events that led me to be here.


It all started on a cold October night, last Saturday in fact. I was at my friend Mark’s house. A few other friends, Jeff and Ian were there. We were talking, when Jeff brought up the story of the Callsworth Mansion. 

   “They say that the mansion is haunted to this day. The ghosts lurk there, seeking revenge for their untimely deaths. There’s this guy I knew, Gordon, he was dared to spend a night at the house. I never saw him again.” Jeff finished his story and looked around at us. “Hey Milo,” he said, looking at me, “think you could survive a night there?” Everyone laughed. 

   I was leaning against the wall, with my hands in my pockets. “Totally. I’d bet you twenty bucks that I could.” Jeff raised his eyebrows. “That’s it? How about two hundred?” Everyone laughed again. “Or are you too chicken?” he said jokingly. “Nah,  I’ll do it.” We shook on it. I was to go to the mansion at 6pm, and leave no earlier than 6am. I shared my location with Jeff using my phone, so he would know if Ieft early.


   And so, I ended up here. I looked around the butlers pantry. It looked normal; the only normal room so far. I walked through it to what appeared to be a large family room, with a pool table, a few bookshelves, and another fireplace. I stepped very cautiously onto the soft, won green carpet. It was splattered with blood.

   If I hadn’t known the horrible history of this mansion and the terrible events that and occurred here, I think I would have rather liked this room. It was fairly spacious, and had the feel of a place that was happy and had been the place of many good experiments, aside from the bloodstains and very odd books.

   I decided to take a closer look at the books. Several of them struck me as odd, because many of them looked new and clean, without dust on them. Much of what I had seen so far had been covered with layers of dust, yet many of these books looked like they had been read fairly recently.

   I gently laid a finger on one of the books. “How to Raise The Dead, Curse the Living, and Become Immortal” was the title. I recoiled at the sheer strangeness of what this book was about. “There’s no way this can be legitimate,” I exclaimed. “Oh, but it is!” I heard someone behind me say.

   The woman standing behind me was young. She looked to be in her 20s, dressed in a pitch black dress. She gave me a sad smile. “Wh-who are you?” I stammered, raising my fists to defend myself in case she tried to attack me. “Sit down,” she said, gesturing at one of the couches. “My name is Angelina. Angelina Callsworth.”

   I sat down on the couch and raised my eyebrows in shock. “I thought you were dead!” Angelina sat down on one of the chairs across from me with a sigh. “I am. What you see before you is…an imprint of what I was when I was alive. A ghost of sorts, not quite living, and not fully dead.” She gestured at the books. “My family was always interested in sorcery and the idea of immortality.”

   “Are the stories true?”The stories about your sister and what you dad did?” She looked up at me and sighed again. “My father was a… strange man. After my mother passed away, he was completely devastated. I would wake up at night to hear him pacing the rooms of the house. At first, I believed it was the ghosts. Our home has been the place of so many gruesome acts over the years, but I eventually came to realize it was him.”

   “He was desperate to bring our mother back from the dead at all costs. One day my twin sister, Carol, brought her boyfriend home. My father, unbeknownst to Carol and I had been reading up on sorcery. In order to bring back a dead person, a soul was needed in exchange. Thus, my father decided to choose the boyfriend. He dragged him out to the graveyard in the middle of the night. Carol and I, learning of what was to happen, chased after him, trying to stop our father.”

   Angelina stood up and walked towards the window, staring outside. “My father…he was desperate. We went to the graveyard in the woods behind our house, where our mother was buried. Some sort of circle of candles was set up, along with a magical purple fire. The coffin was open and out of the ground. From what father was attempting to do…I believe he meant to stab the boy and water the coffin with his blood, and then throw him into the purple fire. That would somehow release his soul, and my mother would come back.”

   “Before my father managed to stab the boy, Carol somehow came between the two. She fell to her knees and pleaded with father, begging him to release her boyfriend and to give up his quest. She didn’t realize how far over the edge my father had gone, and he stabbed her. The boy screamed and threw himself at my father. The two ended up in the flames.” Angelina chocked up. “In only a few minutes, I lost everything. The fire grew, and I couldn’t figure out who to stop it. It consumed the forest and the graveyard.”

   She turned to face me. Tears streamed from her eyes. I felt so bad! I had just thought the stories were just that- stories. I didn’t believe the tales of murder, the supernatural, and the unsolved mysteries about this place. Something about hearing it from Angelina herself made me believe the truth. She sat down again.

   “I eventually found the books that my father had gotten his “spells” and ideas of bringing back the dead from. They’re over there.” She waved a hand towards the bookshelf. She turned towards me, a sad, almost remorseful expression on her face. “You don’t mind, do you?” Unsettled, I replied with “mind what?” She sighed once more and stood. “Unfortunately, I’ve learned how to bring back the dead. It turns out that one soul can bring back several people.” She paused, and an eerie smile filled her face as she stared at me. “It’s your turn to die.”


   Jeff put down his phone. “Where the hell is he?” he muttered. 

   “Should’ve been back by now, right?” Carl said.  The pair were sitting in Jeff’s bedroom, awaiting the return of their friend Milo who had been dared to spend a night in the infamous Callsworth mansion, home to countless heinous murders and malevolent ghosts. It was now 10AM, and Milo was supposed to have returned to Jeff’s house two hours ago. They had been trying to call him, but he wasn’t replying. 

   “It shows that he’s still at the house…but why would he be there? Why would he stay in that place longer than he needed to?” Jeff said. 

   “I don’t know man. Maybe we should go look for him?” Jeff nodded, and the two of them headed outside to Jeff’s car.

   Within a few minutes, they were at the mansion. The tall Victorian mansion was creepy, even in the daytime. “It looks like he’s in the woods behind the house.” Jeff peered at his phone again. “Hey, isn’t there a graveyard there?” Carl shrugged. They got out of the car and walked to the woods behind the house. “Most of these trees are dead. It looks like there was a fire a while back,” Carl said.  

   “There!” Jeff said, pointing to an old graveyard. “HEY! WHAT THE- WHAT’RE YOU DOING TO HIM?” Jeff yelled and sprinted to the graveyard. A lady dressed in black was holding a knife above Milo’s chest. There was some sort of strange purple fire next to a pile of skeletons. Carl sprinted at the lady and knocked to knife out of her hand. Jeff grabbed Milo’s arm and pulled him to his feet. “NO!” the lady shrieked. “I’ve come to far to be stopped now! I figured out how to make myself live forever, even if not as a human! I will not fail to finish what I’ve been waiting to do because of you fools!” She dove to the ground, knocked Carl down, and snatched the knife. Jeff moved towards her, but she held the knife over Carl’s head. “Don’t you dare take a step closer.” Jeff let out a roar and threw himself at her. The knife fell out her hand, and Carl rolled to avoid it. “Get the knife!” Jeff yelled. Carl grabbed it and got to his feet. The lady knocked Jeff back just as Milo tackled her. They watched, horrified, as the lady fell into the flames and started to scream. 

   She screamed for what felt like forever. Her skin began to burn, melting away to reveal glistening bones, bones that darkened in the flames and began to crumble. Finally, her screaming faltered, and she was no more. 

   “Who…wha-?” Carl stammered. Jeff was staring in shock at the fire. 

   “Let’s get out of here,” Milo said. Jeff nodded, and they turned to walk away from the mansion of horrors.