My Journey


I originally posted this on APT 18 and the Feedback Page. I just felt like posting it on YSBU too 🙂

I’ve been on Storybird for over two years now, and it’s home. It’s family. It’s life, to be honest.
On October 27 2012 (my birthday), I was flipping through a children’s magazine, b0red. In the website reviews section, something caught my eye:

storybird.com

I decided to visit it, even though most websites they reviewed were too childish for me. I typed in the URL and pressed Enter, and I was taken to another world. Storybird was very different then from what it is now: there were no mentions, reposts, notifications, longform books, poetry, or anything of the sort. The layout was totally different from what it is now. Still, I found the website intriguing and made an account on it with the username, NancyBlake – a pseudonym I liked to use often.
And then, I started to read.
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One Sentence To Spark You #1


This is what I’m going to do a few times a week: just a sentence that you should elaborate on. It’s like @Hostine ‘s picture stories, except I have sentences to spark your imagination!

Okay, ready?

Here’s the sentence.

I thundered down the track, my legs stretching out and my arms flailing behind me and my coach yelling, “Go! Go!”

Why don’t you post in the comments your short story, or make a Storybird about it?

Have fun!

Wacky Wednesday: 1


Hello everybody! I’m going to start these “wacky wednesday” posts. These will be posts to simply get the gears in your head turning, a little like Hostine’s picture prompts.

 

You ready? Here’s post number 1:

You’ve gone back in time to the time of the pirates. If they discover you’re from the future, they’ll make you walk the plank. You must disguise yourself to fit in. Write about the first adventure you have as a pirate on the ship. You must use these words at least once:

Captain Gregory

broken

hippo

lion tamer

matey

inconceivable

growl

booger

hairless rodent

 

Have fun!

A Mad Lib Pep Talk from FromDust


Here’s an awesome exercise to keep you busy for a few minutes. It’s incredibly fun: Try it out! Substitute each blank with the answer you give to it’s number. Have fun! =D
Posted on APT 12 by FromDust

1.An awesome superhero name
2. Adjective describing your main character
3. Your favorite snack
4.The last verb your main character enacted
5.The manufacturer of your favorite snack
6.The first piece of dialogue in your story that starts with ‘You…’
7.Your current word count
8. Adjective describing your inner editor
9.Adjective describing your best friend
10.Your favorite supporting character in your project
11.The last piece of dialogue in your story that ended with an exclamation point
12.How much time you last spent writing
13.Your favorite mythological creature
14.Your favorite author
15.Write a sentence beginning with the words “Once upon a time”

Once, there lived a writer, known throughout the lands as (1)____________. This writer was seized by inspiration one July, and struck out to tell the tale of one known only as “The (2)____________ One.”

The first two weeks were full of wonder. Fueled by (3)____________, the writer generated conflicts like vast thunderstorms, and characters so real they jumped off the page only to (4)____________ you right in the face. (5)____________, now aware of the crucial role they played in this writer’s story-spinning, swelled with pride and told the writer, “(6)____________.”

Alas, not all was so rosy. After hitting (7)____________, the writer remembered their last pang of doubt. What if they became blocked once again? What if their story was silly? Maybe… maybe it would be better to stop. They looked into the mirror, and the face they saw seemed almost (8)____________.

At the writer’s darkest moment, a/an (9)____________ voice arose. “Hey, you can do this,” it said. “If you don’t, how will we ever find out what happens to (10)____________? I don’t want to live in a world with that kind of empty hole. Don’t stop now.”

The writer nodded, saying “(11)____________! No matter how far away from my word-count goal I am, I promise to write for at least (12)____________ a day.”

With that, a rainbow sprang across the sky like a (13)____________ racing toward the newest novel by (14)____________. The world seemed to hold its breath, waiting for the writer’s next sentence. The writer smiled, took a deep breath, and wrote “(15)____________…”

Here’s mine:

Once, there lived a writer, known throughout the lands as Lady Wasp. This writer was seized by inspiration one July, and struck out to tell the tale of one known only as “The Suspicious One.”

The first two weeks were full of wonder. Fueled by deep-fried oreos, the writer generated conflicts like vast thunderstorms, and characters so real they jumped off the page only to follow you right in the face. Nabisco, now aware of the crucial role they played in this writer’s story-spinning, swelled with pride and told the writer, “You’re one of the Okays.”

Alas, not all was so rosy. After hitting 8543 words, the writer remembered their last pang of doubt. What if they became blocked once again? What if their story was silly? Maybe… maybe it would be better to stop. They looked into the mirror, and the face they saw seemed almost careless.

At the writer’s darkest moment, a/an pretty voice arose. “Hey, you can do this,” it said. “If you don’t, how will we ever find out what happens to Esther? I don’t want to live in a world with that kind of empty hole. Don’t stop now.”

The writer nodded, saying “I found it! Finally! No matter how far away from my word-count goal I am, I promise to write for at least an hour a day.”

With that, a rainbow sprang across the sky like a centaur racing toward the newest novel by J.K. Rowling or Rick Riordan. The world seemed to hold its breath, waiting for the writer’s next sentence. The writer smiled, took a deep breath, and wrote “Once upon a time, I wandered into a forest…”