Month: March 2009

  • Story Generator I Dig

    Tonight I was “surfing the net while sitting on the couch” again and I stumbled upon a terrific site for generating random ideas for writing short stories. “Tropes are storytelling devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.” Here’s one And another … […]

  • Crossword Puzzle: “Who Am I?”

    Create a “Who Am I?” crossword puzzle for your group/class. get every person’s name to fit somewhere get at least one descriptive adverb or adjective for each person in the group get at least one favorite activity listed for each person Example clues: Across: a friendly boy, when he’s not playing basketball Bob’s favorite sport […]

  • Masks are Metaphors

    Grandfather would prowl through the living room as though seeking a place of rest and not finding it, would stare fixedly without speaking, and would then descend the basement steps to the rocking chair which sat beside the furnace. — Margaret Laurence, “Mask of the Bear”(139) … not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in […]