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100 word story for the Ink Pantry challenge

This is my 100 word story for the Ink Pantry competition. I didn’t win but I thought I would post it anyway.

The winners were much better than mine. Well done to them.

Halloween Fun.

The mist covered evening sun sank slowly into the gold and red autumn leaves just in front of Andrea. She felt excited about the evening ahead. This would be her first adventure since she had died. She couldn’t wait to get out there and put the fear of God, or should that be Satan, into the bastards that killed her. Halloween had never appealed to her in life, but she sure as hell was going to make the most of it now she was dead, and for the rest of their long, boring, stupid lives. Now they would pay for it.

 

 

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Am I mad?

I’m now fully booked for the Open University A363 Advanced Creative Writing to start on October 4th. I’m a bit nervous and very excited at the same time. We have finished the A215 Creative Writing and are waiting for the final result to come through on that. I’m told we will have to wait until August.

In my fit of excitement I did a silly thing, I booked myself on to the AA100 Arts Past and Present to start in February 2013. I say silly because I’m still not 100% sure I want to take my degree to the limits. I want to write and have gone off the idea of more study. Hopefully I will decide to stick with it and not cancel the AA100 in the end.

We’ll see.

 

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Another Poem from Me

I see Zombies.

 

Direct from Hell.

Black clouds roll into necropolis

as night falls on hallowed ground.

Dense fog creeps into inky black wells

of the cold, damp pits beneath.

 

They gather for a ritual

to wed in black and grey.

They’re searching for a sacrifice

to pay the devils alms

 

For the bride to have her former self,

they have made a deal.

To bring you to the boneyard

for you are the immolate.

 

Eerie whispers beckon you in

to join the festive brawl.

The putrid breath that sucks your life

will keep you in their spell.

 

Grating stone on grating stone

they crawl from their tombs.

They rise and bid you come inside

to join them on their side.

 

The church bells sound the warning toll,

the breeze will quietly tell.

Stay away from the graveyard tonight,

they’ve come direct from hell.

 

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TMA 3 Limerick

My TMA 3 Limerick.

Old Nick

There was an old man called Nick

Whose horns were decidedly slick

He polished his tail

As he took up his Grail

And poked at the flames with his stick

All Text Copyright © 2012 Annie Green ( Trudy Chappell) All Rights Reserved

 

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TMA 3 Poetry

The results of TMA 3 Poetry came back at midnight last night and I am happy to say I managed to get 73% for it. It amazed me that my mark was that good because I thought I’d written complete rubbish for poems.

Here is one of the two poems, (I also wrote a limerick which I will post later) Hope you like it.

Hocus Pocus

 

Witches hats and flapping bats,

broomsticks and brew.

Hocus Pocus magic words,

and rat tails, just a few.

 

The book of spells, The Grimoire, tells

I need a hair of hubby too.

I’ve filled a cauldron with your bits,

and tongue of newt for you.

 

Black magic sells the evil spells

for love no longer true.

So I’ve got some wax and poison flax

to make an effigy of you.

 

Witches hats and flapping bats,

broomsticks and brew.

Hocus Pocus magic words.

I’ve got my needle stuck in you.

All Text Copyright © 2012 Annie Green ( Trudy Chappell) All Rights Reserved

 

 

 
 

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A215 Creative Writing Tutor Allocation

I now have my tutor details and the course web site opens next week. It’s caused a buzz in the FB group, as it always does, as some students haven’t heard anything about their tutors yet. Hopefully everyone will have been allocated a tutor by the end of the weekend, if not there could be ructions.

One thing that puzzles most of us is the way the OU has designated tutors to students, or is it students to tutors? Either way it seems very random. One student lives in Ireland and her tutor is in Germany!! Another student who lives in the Chippenham Wilts has a tutor living in Ireland! And my tutor lives in Chippenham, I’m in Cheltenham! Does any of that make any sense??

I think I’ve worked out how the allocations are done though, and this is obviously how it works. The OU puts all the tutor names in a big hat and pulls one out at a time, then they put the student names in another hat and pull out 25 student names for every tutor name. So it is completely random. 🙂

I’ve started on the BRB (Big Red Book) doing Freewrites and Clustering. I’m not sure I’m doing it right but its enjoyable. The idea of clustering, I think, is to pick a word or phrase and write it in the middle of a sheet of paper and circle it. Then just let your mind bring other words up which you then write down, circle and connect to the original word with a little line. Keeping going like that until you decide to stop. Next you look at your cluster and decide which words you would like to freewrite about. A freewrite is a quick burst of writing about anything you like, in this case it would be about which ever word you’ve pick from your cluster. You write for five or ten minutes then go pick another word from your cluster and freewrite that. At least I think that’s how it works and that’s how I’ve been doing it. Probably wrong!

Now the course is beginning to feel very real and very scary. I wondered if I had bitten off more than I can chew, AGAIN! Time will tell, and if I can’t cope then I don’t think I’ll be doing any more courses, so fingers crossed for me.

Good luck to all my fellow students on the A215. Enjoy and have fun, ‘cos I know I’m going to whether I can manage the course or not.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in A215 Creative Writing, Gibberish, Open Uni

 

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Creative Writing A215 Region 3 SouthWest

Hi everyone. I’ve developed a FaceBook group for all/any A215 Creative Writing Students from region 3 (SouthWest) to get together and help each other out. Please feel free to join at the link below.

Region 3 South West A215 Creative Writing

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in A215 Creative Writing, Open Uni

 

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