016. BLUE (a vignette)

A 15-year old puts together images in this draft vignette, which initially started as a quick workshop activity on the color blue.  

(image from the net)
(image from the net)

It’s cloudy, and the light breeze of winter is sweeping through the town. The chimes clink softly in the air and an aromatic scent of coffee greets her as she pushes the door open. She removes her ear muffs as she sits by the hazy glass window. Lately she felt unhappy after her moronic lover broke up with her in a 27 second phone call. Brewed Blues. That coffee shop had five people this morning. Two tables away from her sat an old man reading a newspaper with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Everything felt uncomfortable. Losing someone you were attached to for a long time is just so sad. Wow, perfect timing. Ideal weather, ideal place and ideal strangers to have around. In Brewed Blues, she found she fit with everyone, feeling down. Feeling gloomy, rejected, unhappy. She felt really awful; she was feeling blue. Another one’s crying by himself by the corner with his hands covering his whole red face. A conclusion came to her mind that the people around her might have something terrible going on with their lives. She thought she was one of them.

The place, Brewed Blues, played woeful music from the radio by the counter. She looked out the hazy window, saw a busy street, looked up and saw dull cloudy sky. “Someday, someone out there will take away the loneliness I’m feeling, and gladly put back the beam on my face.” She said smiling to herself as she watched the busy street. She sipped from her tea, got out of her chair and wore her ear muffs back.

– Alexa, 15


GUEST POST: Kids come up with awesome story ideas!

Sharing raw creativity from very young story-tellers of the ACSS Summer 2013 Creative Writing Workshop.

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–> One created a story about a pig who didn’t want to sleep because he always had nightmares of being eaten. He was always tired and sleepy; he couldn’t do anything. He daydreams of being in the mud all day.

–> One wrote about the adventures and mis-adventures of a lion who did not want to live in the “forest” anymore because people are polluting and destroying it. He meets several characters along the way. Would he end up in a farm? Would he end up in a zoo?

–> One created a story of a monkey and her two friends looking for the carnival because they heard it was fun there; it took them days and nights to reach it, but not to worry — they traveled via tent-on-camel, whose humps turn into seats and tables by day, and beds by night.

–> One drew and told a story about a happy rabbit who had friends and no problem, except for one: her long ears are itchy and her short arms couldn’t reach it. Hmmm, what could she possibly do?

–> One cleverly weaved stories of a turtle who was afraid of the dark and who interestingly had the same name as a clown fish who tended to be a bully, and a gentle angler fish who did not have any friends because he had sharp teeth.

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Kids do come up with awesome story ideas! Don’t you think so, too?

015. (untitled)

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Right.
Everyone expects someone to fit in
Everyone wants everybody to be just like them
Because everyone fears being different
Being isolated
And that’s how the world becomes monotone
Boring.
Everything’s the same
Because nobody wants to be an anomaly
An aberration to society
No one wants to be alone
Sad.
How disappointing
Is this how humans were meant to be?
Acting like a machine following an algorithm
Programmed to behave a certain way

Wrong.
Humans can never be machines
We were given freedom
We were given souls
Choice.
And it takes a brave soul to choose change
To choose being an anomaly
In this monotone society
Someone who is willing to experience hardships
In order to bring color to the world
You.

– KK, 15

011. Croco and Leo

original artwork by the author
original artwork by the author

In a very hot safari, there was a crocodile named Croco. Croco is a juvenile. He lived in a river. His parents let him go, so he could train to be a real crocodile. His hobbies are hunting his prey, swimming, going to the dentist (or birds cleaning old food on his teeth), and eating stones.

When his prey pass, bathe, drink, swim and walk on his river, he will go underwater like a submarine. Getting closer and closer to his prey, then…snap!!! Crocodiles have the strongest bite of all animals. Croco’s prey are birds, deers, zebras, wild beasts, mosses, fish, crabs, buffalos, hippos, antelopes, monkeys, and jackals. He always wanted to eat.

Crocodiles are territorial creatures. One day, a lion named Leo was on the river. He is a male lion and male lions are strong, in their opinion.

Croco saw the lion. He was scared. But he was a double-minded crocodile at that time. He’s thinking if he will eat Leo or not. So he decided to go near Leo.

He showed his mouth to Leo. Leo roared to Croco, and Croco was shocked.

“Get out of my way. I’m bigger and stronger than you, dumby youngster! I’m the king here!” Leo roared loudly in a very scary voice.

In Croco’s mind, he will show that he’s not scared. But he was frightened of Leo. He will try his best to make Leo step back.

Croco said in a pretending angry voice, “Excuse me king of the airheaded, this is my territory. You can’t just wash your pits in my river.”

“Get out or I’ll eat you!” Leo roared.

Croco began to run fast to escape Leo. He just let him cross his river. He was thinking that he should be stronger and bigger. After a couple of months, he will plan to eat Leo.

So he ate more animals than before. Now, he’s a grown-up crocodile. He’s ready to eat Leo. His goal is to eat a big lion that bullied him, passing his river like a breeze. And now, Croco wanted to eat the king of the airheaded – and that’s the proud Leo.

One day, Leo finally came back to his river. Leo remembered Croco, but in his mind, the crocodile was still a weakling like before. He is so confident that he can pass again.

Now it’s the time for revenge for bullying a kid and crossing his river. When Leo was on the water, Croco zoomed heading to Leo. Suddenly he showed his giant jaws to that lion.

Leo was very shocked at Croco’s jaws. Croco snapped his head and ate all of Leo’s flesh. Blood spread on his river.

For the first time, Croco ate an airheaded lion. He was so happy and he wins victory. He was successful and he lived happily on his river.

– Migo, 12

010. (some thoughts on life and writing)

(image from the net)
(image from the net)

Being a writer is being boisterous. It’s more fun than you can imagine. You can have a whole new adventure. Many people may say that being a writer is boring. They may be right, or maybe they’re wrong.

A writer’s adventure can be dangerous yet fun. But as children, we are taught with rules — like not to talk to strangers, not to run in streets, and not to play with fire. But as we get older, always staying safe may prevent us from all what life has to offer. If you never take risks, you never get a chance to have it all. And what’s the fun in that?

While you want to feel safe, you should feel safe; but as a writer, you should run into the Danger instead of away from it. Always staying safe may not be so good, for a writer.

Life can be hard. But for other people, children really, the world is a fairy tale. Where there are big shops for fairy costumes and cowboy hats in the mall. But when we get older, always waking up to reality can be hurtful. In a way that you will know that your inspiration isn’t true. It can harm you and that can turn out as depression.

But it doesn’t mean that believing in fairy tales is a bad influence for children. Fairy tales can be inspiration or the joy of young boys and girls. The whole world has its own way of changing you. It doesn’t tarnish you, or bring out the wicked or the beast in you. It changes you naturally as a person or a child. But what’s important in the real world is seeing the truth or waking up to reality.

– Tim, 13

009. (a reverse poem on love and money)

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(image from the net)

In our generation now
Love does not exist
I would never admit that
Love
Is more important than
Money
How could anyone think that
Your life won’t be complete
Without love
And always believe that
Love is just a weakness
Don’t ever think
Love is a relief to all your problems
And for the future generations
Wealth is what you need
I won’t consider that
Just wealth and power
Will destroy our lives
Because I don’t think that
Love does exist

Love does exist
Because I don’t think that
Will destroy our lives
Just wealth and power
I won’t consider that
Wealth is what you need
And for the future generations
Love is a relief to all your problems
Don’t ever think
Love is just a weakness
And always believe that
Without love
Your life won’t be complete
How could anyone think that
Money
Is more important than
Love
I would never admit that
Love does not exist
In our generation now

– Kyra, 13