Grammar Lessons

When is it enough?

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When is it enough?

How long do you reach out to someone?
How long do you call someone a friend?
Do you continue to pray even when they don’t care about you?

When they tarnish your name,
When they won’t talk to you,
When they ignore you,
How long do you wait?

Do you still pray?
Is it wrong to move on and not care?
Isn’t it hard not to care?
Are you a horrible person if you move on?

Why do I feel guilty?
Shouldn’t you pray for your enemies and friends alike?
Shouldn’t you be the better person?
When is it enough?
When will it ever be enough?

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Green Lantern OC

I made an OC which is an original character for a role play group I am in. My husband wants to play a Green Lantern, so I was looking for a character to role play with him, but nothing inspired me. So I made my own character.

Name – Skye MacArthur

Age  26

Supernatural Origin – Human

Gender – Female

Nationality – American

Parents – Both deceased killed in a home invasion

Siblings- none

Children– none

Skin – Pale with freckles

Hair – Auburn

Eyes – Bright Green

Height – 5 foot 6

Weight – 160

Occupation– Currently special Agent with FBI former (dealing with supernatural) think X-files. Lieutenant in US Armed forces. 

Power Set/Skillset: Excellent marksman and specialized in Weapons training, excels in hand to hand combat, forensics, and demolitions, tactical training, excellent in communications and computers. 

First aide, CPR and other emergency medical personal training. 

None until she gets the green lantern ring. Though she has tactical training. Hand to hand combat, special weapons, 

With the ring: Powers will come slowly as she develops and learns them through role play. She will word on dealing with becoming a lantern and learning how to adapt to being a lantern and staying an FBI agent. 

Background: Her parents were murdered in a home invasion when she was 8 years old. She hides in the closet and has never forgiven herself for that. The police were never able to find the people who killed her parents. She went from forester home to forester home until she was 18  years old and then took odd jobs to pay her way through school. She believed in justice and what happened to her parents and those who murdered them and got away with it was not justice. It took her a long time to get over wanting revenge as she realized, but watching the news and reading the paper that bad things happen all the time and sometimes there is no one to help the victims. 

While in college, she was approached by an army recruit officer who told her that if she enlisted, then when she came out the army would pay for her schooling. She accepted the offer and trained while going to school. She rose up the ranks to Lieutenant and then seeing her skills she was recruited by the FBI for a special assignment to investigate marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. She is more concerned with cases that are unsolved such as what happened to her parents. She wants everyone to have justice and in turn stop crime and solve these things that seem unsolvable. 

I would like her to become a green lantern in role play and develop the skills and powers and have her deal with becoming a green lantern and what it means.

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The Fear

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The Fear

 The fear of this reality.
The fear of life and it’s end.  
The fear it builds in us, and we don’t even realize it.
The fear we have, so we don’t live our lives. 

The fear we have that sits with us every day.
The fear that keeps us in doors.
The fear that keeps me from the hug.

The fear that we are not in control.
The fear no matter what we do, grabs us and binds us to it. 
The fear that all I do may not be enough.
The realization that it will never be enough.

I lift my fears to you my Lord. 
I lift them to you, please take them.
For I am not in control.

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Van the WeatherVan 1/04/2022

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The Weather with WeatherVan

Van needed to give his first weather forecast. He has a lot to learn, but he is super excited.

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Van the WeatherVan’s first Weather forecast!

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Journaling

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In my English class, we do a journal each day. Many English classes do journals. Here is a list of prompts you can use with your class. I tell my students that I am writing a topic on the board, but they do not have to write about that topic. The topic is there to help them if they can’t think of anything to write about. 

Journal Writing Guidelines

  • 5 Minute rules

Journal writing will take place during the first 5 minutes of each class. Journals are part of your participation grade. Believe it or not, but it can help your grade. Just write! Keep writing. Write whatever comes to your mind. Write about the birds in the trees, write out about your pet or what you had for dinner. Just write!

  • Grammar

Grammar does not count against you in journal writing. 

  • Just Keep Writing!!!

1. Write about going back to school after summer vacation.

2. Write a thank you note to a friend who gave you onion and garlic-flavored chewing gum.

3.  Draw an imaginary constellation. Write a story such as ancient people might have told about it.

4. Describe a real made-up dream or nightmare. journal writing prompts

5. Write about your favorite childhood toy. journal writing prompts

6. Write out the best or the worst day of your life.  

7. Finish this thought: if I could change one thing about myself (if you can’t think of anything, you might want to consider telling how you got to be perfect!)  

8. If and when I raise children, I’ll never…  

9. I have never been more frightened than when…  

10. Persuade a friend to give up drugs. 

11. Five years from now, I will be… journal writing prompts

12. Write about a day you’d like to forget.  

13. Invent and describe a new food. journal writing prompts

14. Describe an event that changed your life forever, or make up and describe an event that would change your life forever. 

15. Describe someone who is a hero to you and explain why.

16. Write about a time in your life when you struggled with a choice and made the right one.

17. Imagine yourself in a different century and describe an average day in your life.

18.  Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why? 

19.  Three goals I have set for myself are… 

20.  What would you do if 300 mice had just gotten out of their cages in a pet shop where you worked?

21.  What would you do if you were locked inside your favorite department store overnight?

22.  What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?

23.  What would you do if you were able to communicate with animals? 

24.  What would you do if you could travel into the future? 

25.  What would you do if you could travel into the past? 

26.  What would you do if someone just gave you $1 million? 

27.  What would you do it all the electricity in the world just stopped? 

28.  What would you do if you could travel free anyplace in the world? 

29.  What would you do if the dinner served to you in a fancy restaurant came with a fly in the mashed potatoes? 

30.  Write a list of at least 50 things that make you feel good. 

31.  Describe the perfect day.  Put in as many details as you can.  Make it a possible day, not a “dream day.” 

32.  Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to?  Why?  What would you like to ask? 

33.  Who is the person from literature that you would most like to meet and talk to?  Why?  What would you like to ask? 

34.  Compile a list of words that describe you as a child.  Compile a second list that describes you as you are now.  How are these lists the same?  How are they different? 

35.  Compile a list of inanimate or animate objects to which you might compare yourself metaphorically.  (I am a windmill.  I change direction or my thoughts whenever someone talks to me…) 

36.  Tell about what triggers anger in you or someone else. 

37.  Invent a monster and describe it.  Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does. 

38.  What is your favorite kind of weather?  Why? 

39.  What is the best book you have ever read?  Why did you like it?  Did reading the book change you in any way?  What way? 

40.  Write about what you didn’t do this weekend.

41.  Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate in the telling.  Make it into a tall tale. 

42.  If you were ruler of the world, what things would you banish absolutely for all time (rain on weekends, eggplant, and so forth)?  Make a list.  Use your imagination. 

43.  If you could go back in time anywhere and “anywhen,” where/when would you go and why? 

44.  What law would you like to see enacted which would help people?  How would it help? 

45.  What commercial on TV do you dislike beyond all others?  What about it is particularly annoying to you?

46.  Design some gadget, machine, building, or other creation that might enrich the future.  What does it look like? What does it do?  How does it function?  In what ways might it benefit people?

47.  What current fashion in clothing do you particularly like or dislike?  Explain. 

48.  Convince someone why music or art or computers are important in your life.  Make them appreciate your viewpoint.

49.  If you had $100,000, how would you spend it?

50.  Be a building you know well.  Talk about your life and memories.

51.  You are to tell a person from a distant planet or from another era what pollution is.  Make that person understand what causes it and why it is bad.

52. If you could do something that you have never done before, what would it be?  Why would you want to do it?

53. Begin a list of questions that you’d like to have answered.  They may be about the future or the past.

54.  What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date and why?

55.  Write one characteristic or habit about yourself that you like and describe it.  Or write about one thing you don’t like about yourself.

56.  What is your hobby?  Why do you enjoy it?

57.  If you could go somewhere where you’ve never gone before, where would you go and why?

58.  What’s, if anything, would you be willing to fight or even die for?  Explain your answer.

59.  If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?  Why would you make this change?

60.  Is there a machine you feel you could not live without?  Explain.

61.  Write about what you think you will be like and what you will be doing 10 years or 20 years from now.

 62.  Did you ever stick up for someone? 

63.  Describe your neighborhood bully. 

64.  Write about a baby-sitting experience. 

65.  Describe a great fort you built for a great game you played as a child. 

66.  Write about an enemy who eventually became your friend. 

67.  Write about a time you cheated and got caught. 

68.  Write about a privilege you earned. 

69.  Write about the stray animal you brought home. 

70.  Did you ever send away for something that turned out to be a disappointment?  (Or order something over the Internet) 

71.  What is it like to go shopping with your mother? journal writing prompts

72.  Write about a time you performed in front of an audience. 

73.  Write about a difficult decision you had to make. 

74.  Write about learning to skate, to ride a bike, to climb a tree, or to turn a cartwheel. journal writing prompts

75.  Did you ever get lost in a strange town? 

76.  Were you ever locked in or out?  What did you do? 

77.  What was it like to spend your first night away from home? 

78.  What was it like to come back home after a long vacation? 

79.  Write about a disappointment. journal writing prompts

80.  Write about something minor that turned into a big deal.

81.  Did you ever win or lose a contest?  Tell the story about what happened. 82.  Write about something you desperately wanted when you were younger. 

83.  Did you ever know someone who had “everything”? 

84.  Write about the time as a child you played in one of the following: treehouse, a cornfield, a construction site, a junkyard, an abandoned house or barn, a stream, a cemetery, a swamp, a pasture, railroad tracks. 

85.  Did your mom or dad ever make you wear something you hated? 

86.  Write about a time you were talked into something and you regretted it. 

87.  Were you ever in a helicopter, limousine, racecar, hot-air balloon, submarine, or horse-drawn  carriage? 

88.  Did you ever forget something really important?  What happened as a result? 

89.  Write about an experience in a hospital. 

90.  Were you ever accused of something that you didn’t do?

91.  Write about a disastrous trip or vacation.

92.  Were you ever given a responsibility that you couldn’t handle? journal writing prompts

93.  Were you ever in a fire, flood, tornado, or hurricane?

94.  Describe the best concert you ever attended.

95.  Write about a window you broke or something valuable you lost.

96.  Did you ever catch fireflies?  Crickets?  Frogs?  Snakes?

97.  Write about a time you tried to help and ended up making things worse.

98.  Did you ever break an important promise?

99.  Write about moving to another city or neighborhood.

100.  Describe an outdoor game you used to play in the summer time.

101.  Write about building sand castles or mud pies.

102.  Did you ever meet a famous person?

103.  Write about mowing the lawn, burning leaves, or weeding the garden.

104.  Describe the club you organized as a kid.

105.  Describe a car or bicycle accident you were in.

106.  Write about being a misfit.

107.  Write about a day spent in another country.

108.  Write about a time you out-smarted someone.

109.  Write about going shopping for new clothes.

110.  Did you ever turn someone in or tell on someone and feel bad about it later?

111.  Imagine that you are an animal in the zoo.  What type of animal are you?  How do you feel about being caged?  How do you feel about people that visit and watch you?

112.  Write about a time your parents embarrassed you.

113.  Describe learning something from a friend.

114.  Write about a time you gave someone good advice.

115.  Write about the funniest thing that ever happened to you. 116.  If you had to escort a visitor from outer space for a 30-minute tour of your community, where would you begin and end? 

117.  Be a grape that becomes a raisin: describe how it feels to shrink, to shrivel, to become dry and wrinkled. 

118.  Be an icicle that becomes water.  Describe how it feels to be cold and firm and full of beautiful crystals but only to melt and lose your shape. 

119.  You go to the store with your parents and baby brother.  Your parents go into a store and tell you to watch your brother.  You take your eyes off your brother for just a minute and you can’t find him.  You… 

120.  I really hate it when my mother/father/sibling… 

121.  What if the use of robots in school becomes a workable reality? 

122.  What would you pack in your suitcase if you could not go home again? 

123.  You have just met an alien from another planet.  He wishes to take a student back to his planet.  Convince him you would be the perfect specimen for him to take. 

124.  If you could change one law, what law would it be and how would you change it? 

125.  How forgiving are you when a friend lets you down?  Explain.  Give an example. 

126.  What if you were named principal for the week?  What would you do? 

127.  If you could only speak twenty words for the rest of your life, what words would head your list and why? 

128.  It started out as an unusual Monday morning, when I… 

129.  As I approached the deserted house at the end of the road, I saw… 

130.  Do you think girls are raised differently from boys?  If so, in what ways? 

131.  Do you think you are treated differently because you are a boy or girl? 

132.  Do you think men and women are equal in today’s society?  Why or why not? 

133.  Do you think a woman will be President of the United States in the near future? 

134.  Two men or women have it easier in our culture?  If so, why do you think so? 

135.  Have you ever wished you were either older or younger?  What would you consider to be the benefits?  The problems?

136.  Describe what you think of as the typical mother.

137.  Describe what you think of as the typical father.

138.  Do you think women should take men’s last names when they marry?  Why or why not? journal writing prompts

139.  Would you rather have a brother or sister?  Why?

140.  Describe a fight you had with your mother.  Now tell it from her point of view. 

141.  Write a short biography of your mother. 

142.  Write a short biography of your father.

143.  Visualize a time when your mother was laughing.  Recall a time when you two shared a good laugh over something. 

144.  Write a physical description of your mother.  Write as if you were looking at a movie rather than a photograph. 

145.  Concentrate on a particular habit that your mother has and write about it. 

146.  If you had three wishes, what would they be?  (Do not ask for three more wishes) journal writing prompts

147.  What is something special and/or different about you?  Why do you think it is special or different? 

148.  Write about two things that your family has taught you. 

149.  Write about some of the things that you worry about. 

150.  Describe a happy memory of your family.  journal writing prompts

151.  How do you know someone loves you, even if he or she doesn’t say it? 

152.  Name one thing you like about yourself and why you like it. 

153.  Imagine yourself as a teacher.  What type of student would you like to teach and why?

154.  Name and describe a teacher who made a difference in your life.  What did that teacher do that was so special? 

155.  What makes you proud to be an American? 

156.  Describe the one thing that gives you the most comfort. 

157.  If you could be a character in any book, TV show, or movie, who would you be and why? 

158.  If you had to work in any store at your favorite mall,  which store would it be and why? 

159.  Describe the most difficult thing about being your age.

160.  Describe one possession that means the most to you.

161.  Who is the most important role model in your life?

162.  Describe your best personality trait.

163.  If you could study one subject in school that wasn’t offered, what would it be and why?

164.  If you had a chance to live anywhere you could, where would it be and why?

165.  Write about the pros/cons of year-round school or a four-day school week.

166.  Write about your favorite sport.

167.  Is the school year too long?  Too short?  Why?

168.  What does your summer usually consist of?

169.  Who should be paid more, professional athletes or teachers?  Why or why not?

170.  What class do you enjoy the most and why?

171.  Write about the worst fight you ever had with a friend.

172.  If you had only one month to live, what would you do?

173.  Describe your dream house.

174.  Who is your favorite person to be with?  Why?

175.  What would be your ideal job when you grow up?  Explain.

176.  If you could guest star on any TV show, what would it be and why?

177.  What do you think your life will be like in 10 years?  20 years?

178.  Describe how you would manage your own radio or TV station.

179.  What is your definition of success?

180.  The saying goes, “Money cannot buy happiness.”  Do you agree or disagree?  Why? journal writing 

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Van and The Christmas Tree

My son wanted to be in charge of taking our tree down and wanted me to videotape it. Enjoy!

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Original Characters

When I write, I use a template to create characters for my story, the same way Role players create characters. I sometimes practice a character I have in mind within a role play or a fandom.

Here is one of the templates I use and one of the characters I created.

Name –

Fandom-

Age –

Supernatural Origin –

Gender –

Nationality –

Parents –

Skin –

Hair –

Eyes –

Height –

Weight –

Power Set/Skill set:

Background:

Name: Reselda

Race half Kryptonian and half faye

Age 16

Height 55

Weight  135

Eye color blue

Hair color blue

Parents: Her father is from Kryptonian, Dynn (unknown house) and her mother, Forsythia Greenthorn is a member of the Faye. 

Powers: Faye: Flight, healing, in tune with nature (plants and animals), control over two elements (Water and weather.) Some magic which she will investigate as it develops. 

Kryptonian: Flight, Speed, strength, and Holographic Projection, force field generation,  

Background 

Reselda and her parents traveled a lot during her early years. Her father, Dynn fled Krypton when he was a boy. His parents were able to send him away so he would not be there when the planet was destroyed. Dynn was young then and didn’t know what house he was from or remembered his parents’ names. 

Dynn landed on the planet of Faye. There he grew and fell in love with Forsythia. They had a daughter named Reselda which means healer. Healing was an important art to Faye, and they hoped Reselda would one day train as a healer.  

Apocalypse appeared in the sky one day and destroyed the series of moons that orbited the planet. This caused worldwide destruction and catastrophic events. Dynn and Forsythia fled to Earth where Dynn knew other Kyptonians were living. 

One there, they lived in peace for a time, but her father learned his powers were increasingly being close to the yellow sun. He helped other heroes defend the world. He wanted to defend his new home and protect it so Reselda would have a future here like he never had. 

Reselda also developed powers, though she was also learning her Faye powers at the same time. 

Just like he did on the planet Faye, Apocalypse appeared in the sky, obliterating Earth’s moon and causing planet wide catastrophes. Lord Apocalypse’s armies of Parademons followed soon after, laying siege to every major city center around the world. Earth’s heroes and villains and their godly allies fell one by one to Lord Apocalypse’s invasion. Knowing the end was near when they failed to stop Apocalypse from finding the Anti-life equation, Kal-El and Diana made plans with Micheal Holt, to send their son and a handful of other children of heroes to another earth.

As Lord Apocalypse uttered the Anti-Life equation, ending the existence of Earth-676 reality, Micheal Holt cast the children into the multiverse.

 Reselda woke in the woods, she was alone, scared and cold.At a young age she was captured by Striker and forced to be part of his Program.  As she is powerful, some will probably think she is a threat. She will learn her powers and how to control them over time. She is young so some of her powers are still developing and can and will cause her issues. 

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Thank You For a Wonderful Year

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This is the last post I will make in 2021 and what an amazing year it has been. When I was in elementary school, our school librarian asked us to write a paper about what we want to be when we grow up. I said I want to be a writer, but how do I write a paper about that? (I was only 7 or 8 years old.) She said how can you ever be a writer if you can’t write this.

So it crushed my dreams and took me a long time to get back to writing. Maybe things have changed since I was a student, but even so, you should always encourage your students. This was a promise I made to myself when I became a teacher. Your words are powerful. Always encourage your students!

Years later, I had a miscarriage, and I used writing to help me cope with my loss. I then made it into a book with the goal of helping others who have gone through the same thing. Then I started to role play, which opened me to more creative writing. 

Several years ago, I published my first book on Amazon’s KDP. Looking back on it now, I realize how naïve I was. I had a lot more work to do. In recent years, I have found an editor and a publisher. I am hoping this year to have my first book officially published as I continue to write and bring back the joy I had when I was a child. 

Thank you for your support this year. I hope next year will be even better. 

Nancy Ann is a writer, teacher, poet, and mother. She enjoys reading interesting stories and writing poetry, paranormal fiction, and sci-fi.  

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