The B.U.G. (Big Unfriendly Giant)

The B.U.G. (Big Unfriendly Giant) Bus ticket to Mount Crius Park: $15.60 Snacks for six-hour hike where I found the BUG: $6.35. Search and rescue efforts after he took me to his cave: $38,500. Collect call to my parents at rest stop after escaping: $2.36. Cost of his following me home:           Rest stop shelter:…

Writing Corner: Story Maps

It’s not usually the case for short stories, but novels will often come with a story map. As someone who loves maps and is very visual, I’m always happy when a story has a map in it. Maps can help you picture where things are taking place as you are reading. Not everyone feels the…

The Birth of Dandelions

The Birth of Dandelions There once lived a very beautiful sun. She knew she was gorgeous; she was very proud of her looks. She knew some people worshiped her; she knew all of them were very happy when the morning came. She knew she was an inspiration, a goddess. Therefore, before showing herself up in…

Wolves and Dark Fire

Wolves and Dark Fire I wake with my face in the furry back of a wolf. It does not have the musky smell of an animal—these wolves smell only of ash, and if the damp is up, mold. It is a smell I am used to. I sit up and put my back to the…

Invisible

Invisible Gavin woke up on a Thursday to find that he was invisible. His first thought was that his mirror was malfunctioning. When his sleep-rusted brain realized that this wasn’t a thing, he considered very briefly that he might be a vampire now and just couldn’t see himself in the mirror. He looked down at…

The Book Under the Bed

The Book Under the Bed The box under Michael’s bed was in a fire-proof documents safe with two keys. It was a lot of protection, especially since Michael took it out and read the book every day without fail. It was the sort of book he should have found in the dusty corner of an…

Writing Corner: World Building

World Building Story World: the setting of a story The nice thing about fiction is that you, the writer, make the rules. When you write non-fiction, you are (hopefully) limited by facts. But with fiction, you can change whatever you want to fit the story. This is especially true with the setting, or story world….

Gamified Grammar

Gamified Grammar It was finals day at the X-Box Online High School, and Jamie only had one test left: Fantasy Grammar. His sword technique was okay, but he was still shaky on his verb tenses. He put on his VR goggles. The scene changed to a snowy forest. A barbarian with an axe appeared and…

Alone on Top of the World

Alone on Top of the World Dawn came early on top of the world. It was a hard dawn, not like the mellow mornings down below. Up on top, the glaring sunrays were as flint-edged as the wind and the burning cold. But there was light and it found its way through the crack in…