Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Last week, one of the Dream Keepers wrote a scary story and shared it with the group. He had us all looking over our shoulders for ghosts. The author, Jaimie, is pictured above. His story follows. Enjoy!

Little Lyric

by Jaimie Bogard-LaMar

“Come on, Lyric,” said Deseree. “The last bell just rang.”

“I’m on the homecoming committee, remember?”

“Oh yeah. So you have to stay. Well, I’ll see you later. Just don’t be here alone,” said Deseree.

"Wonder what she means by ‘Don’t be here alone,’" thought Lyric.

After Lyric and the homecoming team were done for the day and about to leave, Lyric remembered. Uh oh, she thought. I left my jacket in the locker room. My mom said if I left it one more time, she wouldn’t let me go to the homecoming and all of my work would be for nothing. So, Lyric rushed to the locker room and saw her jacket lying on the bench. As she was about to grab it, she heard a banging sound. She looked around to see what it was. And she saw a locker door opening and closing by itself. Then she heard footsteps. Lyric grabbed her jacket and ran out of the building.

The next day she told Deseree what happened.

“I told you not to be here alone. Didn’t you hear what happened at this school?”

“What are you talking about,” asked Lyric.

Deseree said, “A long time ago, a girl was killed at this school. She was here alone in the locker room. A robber saw her and cut out her tongue before he killed her. This is why no one is ever here alone.”

“Stop playin’,” said Lyric.

“Seriously,” said Deseree. “Never be here alone.”

So that day, after the bell rang, Lyric was in the library working with the homecoming committee. She was so busy working she hadn’t noticed everyone was gone. Lyric jumped up and ran out the door. But then she remembered. Her jacket was still in there. So she ran back in to the locker room and grabbed her jacket. As she was about to leave, she noticed a duffel bag fill of money.

“Now you have to die,” said a voice.

She ran from the building and started towards home when she heard footsteps behind her.

Lyric made it all the way home, locked the door, and yelled, “Mom! Dad!” No one answered. She ran to the kitchen and found a note. It said, “Dear Lyric, We won’t be home for a few hours because we are working late. See you soon.”

"NOOOO!," thought Lyric, as she heard a loud scratching noise. She realized someone was cutting through the screen door. She ran upstairs to hide, as she heard him break the glass of the other door. She crawled under the bed and waited. Lyric looked out from under the bed and saw the ghost of the little girl holding her tongue in her hands. At that moment, the robber burst in and said, “Now you’ll end up just like she did.” He moved closer. Lyric’s parents came rushing into the room, catching a glimpse of the robber as he jumped out the window.

“What happened?” Asked Lyric’s parents.

Lyric said nothing. She never spoke again.

The end.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Six-word Scary Stories

We've done six-word memoirs. Tonight the Dream Keepers wrote six-word scary stories. Read and enjoy! (Then write and submit your own in the comment field!)

A vampire destroys the city with power. —Tramonta Garner (pictured above)

One virus. One town. No survivors. —Jaimee Bogard-LaMar, 14

One girl. Many monsters. What's next? —Jaimee Bogard-LaMar, 14

Big zombie eats eyeballs. City blind. —Elisha Branch, 14

One house. One family. Both gone. —Elisha Branch, 14

Knock, knock. Who's there? Killer mysterious. —Derranesha, 12

Baby cries. No answer. What happens? —Derranesha, 12

Ring, ring. "Hello." Please help me. —April, 12

The spooky monster ran towards me ... —Sonya, 17

The worm crawls into the brain. —Sierra

The slippery, slimy monster grabs two. —Quintoya Eskridge

Monday, October 19, 2009

Write a Job Description

Each week in October, the Dream Keepers have been meeting to write scary stories! None of those are quite ready to post yet. Until then, I thought I'd give you all an assignment. (That's what writing teachers do!)

When we met tonight, I put up a list of potentially scary creatures on the board. I didn't pay attention to the other writing on the board. Then one of the young people pointed out that it looked like the Census Office had jobs available for zombies, ghosts, goblins, and other creatures. Now that would be some job description! I'd love to read it.

And I can—if you write it. That's your assignment. Imagine that you are writing a job description for one of the above openings at the census office. If you like what you come up with, send it to me at rochelle@writenowcoach.com. I will post the best descriptions I receive!

Happy writing!


Dream Keeper Elisha Branch put together a couple of wonderful job postings:

Jobs Available
Vampires Only!!!
Black cape and fangs required (not included).
$200 paid for every bucket of blood gathered.
Tryouts Friday October 30th.
Must attend tryouts.
Must have an approachable appearance.
2201 W. Havenwood Drive Haven, WI 12345

Monsters Needed!
Do you have a freaky-looking face?
Do you have eight eyeballs?
Do you have two or more tails?

If you can say yes to any of the above questions,
you are eligible for a job as a model.
Only the extremely scary are accepted.

Tramonta Garner wrote this description:

Vampires have a job to scare kids and grow-ups for their own good. Just like monsters do. Goblins scare people by a haunted house. And zombies come from the dead to scare kids that are walking to and from the store at night.