17 September 2014

11 September 2014


1. If you were in a Zombie Apocalypse, where would you go? What items will you bring?

2. Create a superhero that has the most useless superpower. Explain how that character got their magical power. Then create a list of superhero powers (list of 45 powers).

3. Write about a real or fictional country and how it came into existence--make it fantastical!

4. Make-up a magical/folklore creature and write a story about it. Or take a creature from a real folklore from a country and write your own story about it.

10 September 2014

CHALLENGE---World and History

For this challenge, write a mini-story about time travel. If you could travel in time, when and where would you go? Why?

Write a one-page or more story about this adventure. Use as much creativity and any characters in your imagination if you can! Here are some ideas:

    • Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece
    • Atlantis and its disappearance
    • The fires of Pompeii
    • Spanish Inquisition
    • Medieval/Dark Ages
    • The Roaring Twenties from America to Britan
    • Victorian & Edwardian Era
    • Revolutionary Wars
    • The era of the Bubonic Plague

03 September 2014

CHALLENGE: Astrology Zodiac Stories

Astrology Signs
"Astrology is the study of correlations of celestial events with behavior on earth, particularly correlations which cannot be explained by gravitation, magnetism, or other forces that are well-established in physics or other sciences.
A "celestial event" is any event in the sky. For example, the Sun rising is a celestial event, or any two planets appearing in the same place in the sky is a celestial event. The celestial event can involve any celestial body, whether it be the Sun, Moon, a planet, an asteroid, comet, star, black hole, quasar, or other celestial object."

Zodiacs foretell, zodiacs are also a lot of fun to learn about. In this challenge, go look up your zodiac sign (Chinese zodiacs, too) and from its characteristics, write a tale about it.

CHALLENGE---Write a Mini-Tale

As a challenge, write a short, one-page story about some of these topics:

        • How the world will end? Write about how you will also survive.
        • A mystery about a carpet, a gentleman, five hound dogs, and an office.
        • A library full of books and a nightmare story
        • A prank that goes horrendously wrong
        • Make up your own Urban Legend
        • A magical school of your own creatures
        • A Wild West bank, a pack of horses and wolves
Share your short story with a friend or family to review it. Then have someone else join and write their own stories and share those stories.

27 August 2014

Logical Puzzle--Brain Den

Source: Brain-Den


A Man in an Elevator

A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the elevator down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator, he goes to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to his apartment.
Can you explain why?
(This is one of the more popular and most celebrated of all lateral thinking logic puzzles. It is a true classic. Although there are many possible solutions that fit the conditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying.)


The Ball

How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't bounce off anything? There is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it back to you.


Sheikh's Inheritance

An Arab sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower wins. After wandering aimlessly for days, the brothers ask a wise man for guidance. Upon receiving the advice, they jump on the camels and race to the city as fast as they can.
What did the wise man say to them?



There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?

20 August 2014

QUOTES---Hawthorne & Bowen

"Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind." ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

14 August 2014

QUOTES---Dickerson & Asimov

"Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time and place I belong." ~Jeb Dickerson
"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." ~Isaac Asimov

12 August 2014

QUOTES---Samuel Lover

"When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can." ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842

11 August 2014

QUOTES---Karl Kraus

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." ~Karl Kraus