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Valar Morghulis

LJ Idol Week 3: "Everything Looks Like A Nail"
brienneofsnark

Leading a revolution isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. But if you ever want things to change, somebody needs to step up and lead the charge. That’s a lesson I learned in eighth grade and it all started with five fateful words that changed the trajectory of my young life.

“Somebody needs to take him down.”

I never meant for that person to be me. I never aspired to any sort of leadership role since that’s never been a part of my genetic makeup. If you knew my family, you’d know just how true that statement is. Coming from a gene pool that includes drunks, drug abusers, drug dealers, thieves, and even murderers doesn’t exactly set you up for success.

And yet, despite my genetic deficiencies, when the call for revolt swept through my eighth-grade class, I was the one who answered the call. Yeah I know, it surprised the hell out of me too.

See, if you looked up the definition of asshole in the dictionary, you’d see an 8x10 glossy color photo of Todd Lynch. Incidentally, you’d see the same picture if you looked up the word, “ugly.” And maybe most importantly to this tale, the same picture would be listed under the word, “bully.”

I grew up in a small town. And it seems like in small towns, schoolyard bullies are as common and as much a part of the community’s fabric as county fairs and mom-and-pop shops. In a small town, bullies are just a given. 

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brienneofsnark

So, after everything imploding over the last few weeks, things have settled down enough that i got my first entry in for the writing game called LJ Idol that I'm participating in. I've never put my writing out there for public consumption like this — and to be voted on no less!

It's actually kinda nerve wracking watching the polls. I'm okay right now but who knows how it all ends up. Things could change by the time the poll closes tomorrow and I could be out!

I don't wanna be out this early though. This is kinda fun and exciting to me and I hope I can make it through this poll and keep on going.

But, I'll have to wait until tomorrow night to see what happens. It's scary and yet fun!


Living Rent Free In Your Head
brienneofsnark

Forrest Gump’s mother was an idiot. Love it not like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a carton of milk left on the kitchen counter – eventually, it’ll curdle, spoil, and make you sick to your fucking stomach.


That’s not the quote. She said life, not love is like a box of – 


“Shut up,” I scream, clapping my hands to my ears. “Just shut the fuck up.”


I pace back and forth in front of the window, his voice ringing in my ears. For three years, all he did was tell me I was wrong. Wrong about this. Wrong about that. Just plain fucking wrong. Nothing I did was ever good enough. I was never good enough for him.


Poor you. Oh poor, poor you. So mistreated. So abused. Cry me a fuckin’ river. 


I stop pacing and stare through the window. Lightning flares overhead, the world beyond the window captured in a staccato flash of silvery light. I let out a breath, doing my best to calm my racing heart and listen to the drumbeat of rain on the roof over my head. Ordinarily, the sound of the rain soothes me. It calms me. It fills my heart with joy


But tonight, it ain’t doing a damn thing for me. 


Maybe you should listen to some music. I have the world’s tiniest violin and – 


“I said shut up. Just shut up.”


Grumbling to myself, I angrily wipe away the tears that are sliding down my cheeks as I walk into the kitchen and grab the teakettle. I fill it with water and put it on the stove to boil. Tea helps. When all else fails, tea helps settle my nerves. 


Don’t think that’s gonna work tonight, sweetheart.


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Hello! I'm new to Live Journal. A friend told me about this game and I've never done anything like this before but I am super interested so I am going to play! I hope to meet some interesting people and make some new friends here! 



Valar Morghulis
brienneofsnark

And so beginith my journey on Live Journal. I hope to make many allies and companions along the way.