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Friday, June 28, 2013

Seven Suspects in the Case

One of the creative writing teens in the "Explore the Possibilities" class wrote a poem worth sharing. Claire Powers has an interest in literary fiction and poetry and is off to an excellent start. She kept the class amazed with her creativity.

      Blade of Steel
           by Claire Powers
                  Age 14

Seven suspects in the case,
Subject to the crime-solving ace,
Who stands in the corner, who plots to reveal
The one who killed with a blade of steel.

An accusation, I’m delighted to say,
That’s bound by fate to go my way.

Three suspects sit on a couch,
None relaxed enough to slouch,
Two stand by the window pane,
Barely acknowledging the pouring rain,
Two are standing by the door,
Uneasily staring at the floor.

“So, who is it?” they all shout
As the detective tries to work things out.

He knows who it is, he knows it’s me,
But he won’t say it, because, you see
My eyes glitter in the rain,
Just outside the window pane;

The loyal assistant’s at my side,
His feet bound, his hands tied.

The blade of steel is in my hand,
The one I used to kill the man,
And should the ace point my way,
I’ll take the assistant’s life away.

Seven suspects in the case,
Subject to the crime-solving ace;
He must choose one to lie about,
Or else the blade of steel comes out.

My eyes sparkle in the rain.
Go ahead-say my name.
Well done, Claire.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Teens Learning Hooks and Denouement

Teens developing hooks was the assignment and Nathan accomplished that in his second sentence. While there is cozy mystery violence (off stage), his poignant ending speaks volumes.

Kool – Aid

          Mr. Kool walks into his apartment and says, “Sweetie I’m home.” He walks into the kitchen and finds his wife. DEAD.

Mr. Kool bows down on this knees and screams, “No-o-o! I will find the person who did this.”

He walks to the police station to tell the police what has happened to his wife.

The police said, “We will get right to it, sir.”

Mr. Kool walks back to his apartment, and he sees a lot of cops inside. He walks up to the cop in charge of the search and asks, “Have y’all found who it was?”

The cop says, “No, I’m sorry, but we’re close.”

As all the cops are leaving, Mr. Kool thought he saw someone looking in the window. He went outside to see who it was. It was his brother, Mr. Cool. Mr. Kool finds a bloody knife in his hands and asks, “What’s that in your hand?”

Mr. Cool says, “It’s the weapon that I killed your wife with and you too. Right now!”

Mr. Kool gets out a gun and shoots his brother in the head killing Mr. Cool.

Mr. Kool then sits down and starts to cry and while he is crying, it starts to pour down rain.  
                                                                                             Nathan Duncan
                                                                                             Age 13

Good job, Nathan.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Teen Writing Prompts

Think teens focus too much on electronic games? Think they are shallow? Think they don't listen?  If you believe any of these, you don't know the imaginative and creative teens in Barefoot Writing Academy's camp this week. Here is a list of writing prompts two of them created.  See if you can guess which one the group chose.

1.  If I could control time...

2.  If Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz was president...

3.  What if we lived in a reverse world...

4.  What if Satan didn't exist...

5.  What if Lucifer had never fallen...

6.  What if God didn't exist...

And to top it off, they did a Round Robin game to create the story and it took a decidedly political twist.

I am so impressed with these young people!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teens Writing

What fun we are having in the teen creative writing class this week! Creativity oozes out of these personable and smart teens as they keep me on my toes. They wrote free verse poetry matching the numbers in their home addresses to the syllables. Zeroes are free cards. Check these out.

114 D- Street
What’s up, Dude?

10340 M- Ridge
The gun went off.
Racing Time,
Keep a good pace,
Finish strong.

70 P- Boulevard
Lighting an ice cube on fire
Is exceptionally hard.

2633 M- Drive
What up?
I’m very tired.
Y’all are cool.
I like cheese.

Writers, here’s your 21st century competition.         Mahala

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Win a Kindle Fire HD

DEADLY STAR publisher Crimson Romance is celebrating its first anniversary by giving away a Kindle Fire HD loaded with every book published in their first year of publishing romance novels. That includes romance stories of every genre, from historical to paranormal and contemporary to romantic. Folks, we're talking about a FREE Kindle Fire HD stocked with a whole year of stories (mine included). Can I get a Wow?!

Anyway, readers, check it out at ...

... and there's a link on their site to read a few chapters of their June publications.

Good luck!

You-all guys keep on keeping on. I've been doing a little cardiac rehab but I'll try to do the same.


PS: Let me know if you win. What the heck, let me know what's going on with you even if you don't win. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Writing Class Bonus

I'm running a special deal for those of you who want to attend one of the creative writing summer classes, send a teen, or give a session as a gift.

Two camp sessions for the price of one!

Go to to see what Barefoot Writing Academy is doing  for writers. The sale lasts from June 7 - June 11.