The snow sprinkled down on the land as the moon glittered on the night before Christmas. The whole world was engulfed in a tranquil state of darkness, yet there was nothing haunting about it. It seemed there was a special magical mist in the air. Footsteps led up to the door of a regal mansion that was draped in Christmas lights. A little girl stood cowering in front of it, bundled up and warm cloaks and coats. Her scarf was too long, it sweeped the snowy ground. The numerous coats she wore were of odd colours, and they looked quite hideous together. It didn't matter that the girl was dressed in most unthinkable attire. She clutched a box tightly to her chest as she stood on the doorstep of the manor. The box gleamed, wrapped neatly in pink wrapping paper. The gentle smile on her face was not forced, it was natural and her rosy cheeks and starry eyes made her look unbearably adorable. She brushed back a strand of long blond hair and knocked on the door. She suddenly felt very small, standing in front of the huge towering building as she waited for it to open.
When it finally did, she was looking up at a woman, wearing an elegant gown. Precious pearls were strewn along her neck and wrists and shone on ears. She looked down at the girl disdainfully, her red lipsticked mouth forming a sneer. "Who are you supposed to be?" She snarled. Then her expression softened, when she had realized who it was. "Dear, I'm sorry." She said, smiling. "I didn't recognize you under all those clothes. What brings you here?" Even the though the cold was sharp and fierce, and it made her voice shake, the girl spoke ever so clearly as she explained her presence. "S-Seeing as it's probably my last night here on Earth, I thought I would give you a present, because you are my neighbour. I just wanted you to know I really cared about you. I remember how you were the one who donated so much money to help cure me. I just felt like I needed to thank you."
The woman stared at her, recalling her memories. The girl was a victim of cancer, only 4 years old, and it had long past the point when they thought there would be a chance for her. But the girl was brave. She didn't cry, or whine or get bad-tempered. She handed the woman the silvery box, her hands shaking. Gulping back tears, the lavish-looking woman unwrapped the box gently. "I used pink because it was our favourite colour. I felt like it was a bond between us." muttered the girl silently. When she opened the box at last, she found that it was empty. "My dear girl! This box has nothing it except for air!" the woman exclaimed in protest.
The girl's lip started to quiver."What do you mean nothing except for air? I spent an hour pouring my heart out, saying how much I loved you and cared for you. I spent an hour blowing kisses into it, just for you." she mumbled, on the verge of tears. The woman had tears running down her cheeks by the end of this little speech, and wrapped her arms around the girl, pulling her close. When she let go, the woman whispered. "I don't want you to die." The girl started to smile. It was a bittersweet smile as she said wisely. "Everyone has their time to go. Just know that I will die in peace. And... I hope you will remember me whenever you celebrate Christmas." With those parting words, the girl hugged the woman a last time and scurried off back to her own dimly lit cottage.
She died the very next morning peacefully. She opened her eyes, to see everyone gathered by her bed. The woman from last night held her hand. The girl smiled weakly, whispered a faint Merry Christmas and Goodbye. Then she closed her eyes. Her chest stopped rising and falling. Her heartbeat ceased. She had left this world. The woman still remembers her, and cries silent tears every Christmas for her. She sets a special place at the dinner table for her, she keeps an empty box wrapped with pink wrapping paper under the tree for her. And every once in a while, she opens the box and blows kisses to her. The girl with the pink box.
Today I have a guest post by Noor from A Little Bit Of Sunshine!
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Hello readers of the Violet Blogger! I’m Noor from A Little Bit of Sunshine and I’m so happy to be here today on this fabulous blog! Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a little writing encouragement post. I am a writer, and I am currently during NaNoWrimo where you have to write 50,000 words in the month of November, which is a lot.
I’m here to help motivate you to keep writing your story, even though you might hate it because “Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: FINISH.” -Peter Mayl.
When I write, I get stuck. Like really stuck. And then I go back and look over my writing, and I loathe it. And I want to delete it all. That is a major don’t.
Never ever look back on your writing unless you are editing. And don’t edit while you write, because that slows down the process, a lot. What you are writing may suck right now, but leave that for the editor you to worry about. The writer you needs to finish this book.
Finishing a book is an amazing feeling. I’ve written a book. It was 30,000 words long and really bad but it was a book. You put your hard work and effort into that book, even if the plot is horrible. You created something, you worked hard enough and pushed yourself hard enough. That takes guts, that takes patience.
You can learn from finishing a book and editing it. You can learn things you did wrong, for your next book. And don’t tell me there won’t be a next book, because there will be. Writing is a drug, it sucks you in and takes you to another world, you need it, once you start, you will never stop.
But remember, don’t rush through your book. Take your time (unless you have to write 50,000 words in a month, then don’t take your time.), feel the passion in the book. If you don’t want to write, don’t write, because chances are your writing will not have that passion either.
Think about what’s it going to feel like once you have finished that book, and how proud you’re going to feel. Think about how thrilled you’ll be when you type that last word, and close your computer, sighing in relief.
Think about that, and then keep on writing, so you’ll be able to achieve that. I have no documents in my “Ditched” folder on my computer, and I’m proud of that. Every writer should aim for that, because it’s important.
Keep writing everyone, I believe in you.
Thank you so much for the amazing post! :)
Hello readers! I looked like this trying to figure out what to write --->
So, today I will be giving you step-by-step instructions on how to write! It can be anything, a poem, a story, an essay, whatever you'd like.
The first part is to get prepared for writing!
1. Find a cosy, comfortable place with no distractions.
2. Get a pen and a writing pad, or use a word document to write.
3. Do this activity to get you in the mood to write- jot down the first 20 words that come to your mind. If you can, write more! Then, close your eyes and pick a few. Can you construct a short paragraph using these words?
The next part is to get inspired!
Here is how I get inspired.
1. Go to Google Images and type a random word. Scroll down and look at the pictures to spark your creativity.
2. Look around you. What's something that's really interesting? Find something that makes you think, "That's cool!"
3. Look at the time. Make a goal to only write for five minutes. Then open open your writing pad or word document and just write what comes to your mind. How do you feel? What interests you? What is something that you would read? After your time is up, look over what you have written and get inspired!
Next, you need to write.
1. Try and write without any breaks in between.
2. Don't keep on going back to edit your work. Finish the whole thing, and then you can proofread it.
3. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus beside you so you can look up words.
4. Don't get discouraged if you think that yours is not good enough or like another person's writing.
We all have our own style of writing. Write how you feel like writing, and don't copy someone's style.
You're done! Proofread your work, edit it to make it better and smile! You've written your own piece of work! (And it's good!)
Greek Mythology is one of the most fascinating things in this world. The myths are interesting and sensible, sometimes with morals that help us in the modern world. In this post, you'll read some amazing myths.
Have you ever wondered why there are seasons?
Hades, the god of the Underworld, had fallen in love with Persephone, the Greek Goddess of agriculture's (Demeter) daughter. He took her to the Underworld without telling a single soul. Demeter was worried, since she couldn't find her daughter. She searched everywhere. She threatened to make the earth barren forever and thus destroy all of humankind if she did not find Persephone.
Finally, the goddess Hecate told Demeter where Persephone was. Enraged by the news of Persephone's kidnapping, she refused to return to Mount Olympus. Instead she roamed the earth in disguise of a mortal, forbidding the trees to bear fruit and the earth to nurture vegetables and herbs.
Hermes, the messenger of the gods, summoned by Zeus, went down to Hades to fetch Persephone. Hades shrugged and agreed to let her go. Persephone had not eaten a single thing—whether from sorrow, loss of appetite, or stubbornness—since her arrival in the Underworld. But before she left, Hades urged Persephone to eat a single pomegranate seed. Sadly, this was a trick: Anyone who tastes the food of Hades must remain in the Underworld.
Rhea—the mother of Zeus, Demeter, and Hades—decided something that her children reluctantly accepted: Since Persephone had eaten there, she had to spend at least part of every year in the Underworld. Rhea suggested that Persephone spend six months as Queen of the Underworld and the rest of the year with Demeter.
After agreeing to the deal, Demeter restored Earth's fertility and returned to Olympus with Persephone. But when the time came for Persephone to return to the Underworld, the earth became colder and less fertile.
Here is another myth from http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/pandora.html (I have copied it here from the website)
Once up a time, a long time ago, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus. They were good gods. They had good hearts. They were good friends.
One day, Prometheus got in trouble with Zeus. Angry over something or other, Zeus had declared that man did not deserve fire. Because he had a kind heart, and he knew how much man needed fire for food and warmth, Prometheus gave man the secret of fire even though Zeus had told all the gods not to do that. Zeus was furious that his order had been ignored. As punishment, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for many years.
But that was not enough punishment, not for Zeus. Once Prometheus was chained to a rock, Zeus went after Prometheus' brother, the gentle, kind-hearted Epimetheus. Zeus did not chain Epimetheus to a rock. Zeus had a more sneaky punishment in mind.
First, Zeus ordered the gods' handyman, the maker of things - Hephaestus - to make Zeus a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus named his lovely new daughter Pandora.
Zeus knew that Epimetheus was lonely. Zeus told Epimetheus that his brother had to be punished and that's why he was chained to a rock. But Zeus felt sorry that this punishment left Epimetheus without the company of his brother. That's why Zeus had decided to give Pandora in marriage to Epimetheus.
Epimetheus was kind-hearted and gentle and thoughtful, but he was no fool. He knew Zeus was up to something. But he loved Pandora at first sight.
Zeus gave the newlyweds a gift. Some say it was a jar which was locked. It came with a note. The note said: "DO NOT OPEN." Attached to the note was a key. It was all very curious.
You can guess what happened next. It was Pandora whose curiosity got the better of her. One day, she used the key to open the box. As she raised the lid, out flew all the bad things in the world today - envy, sickness, hate, disease. Pandora slammed the lid closed, but it was too late.
Epimetheus heard her weeping. He came running. Pandora opened the lid to show him it was empty. Quickly, before she could slam the lid shut, one tiny bug flew out. He gave Pandora a big smile in thanks for his freedom and flew away. That tiny bug was named Hope. And Hope made all the difference in the world.
A nice story, don't you think?
Anyway, that's all for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading Greek Myths as much as I did!
Do you want to become a world-renowned poet some day? Or maybe you just want to try writing a poem to see how fun it is. Perhaps you’re just trying to write a poem for your English Homework. You probably just can’t find a type of poem that’s simple enough, but will leave a good impression. Well, your search has come to an end.
Hello there! Do you remember my previous post, Perky Poetry? http://thevioletblogger.weebly.com/blog/perky-poetry/
This post expands on it, showing you types of poems to write.
Here are some types of poems you can write. They are all super fun to write and easy so before you know it, you’ll have a masterpiece of a poem in front of you. So grab a pen and a paper, and get started!
To write this kind of poem, you have to line up the words like this.
Now, write a short sentence/phrase after it, a bit like this.
Disobedient at times, yet still devoted
Obstinate pet that loves to go outside
Good-natured Gentle Giant
See? Not hard at all, and it really is fun.
These simple Japanese poems have only 3 lines, the first line with five syllables, the second with seven, and the third with five again. Here’s an example.
The glowing sun sets
Behind the fluffy white clouds
As the moon rises
It may be very long, but haikus leave a good impression on the reader and they are easy to write.
These are some of the best poems to write. There are no restrictions or any guidelines to follow, you just let your imagination run away with you. Here’s an amazing example I found on the Internet.
Disappointments by Vivian Gilbert Zabel
Every life has a room
Where memories are stored:
A box of special occasions here,
Shelves of shared laughter there.
But back in the shadows
Lurks a trunk locked tight,
Not to be opened and searched.
Have you been to a book fair? (If you live close to Sharjah, UAE, You can visit the one at Expo Center which is there till the 15th of November.) I have, recently, and it was AMAZING!
You should have seen the commotion, that Thursday. Dozens of people scuttled about, carrying endless bags of fresh new books. There were stalls set up for UK/US Bestsellers, Wimpy Kid Books, Books from India, etc. When I bought a new book, I took a deep breath, smelling that musty, papery scent of a new book. Here are some of the books I bought.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul By Jeff Kinney
Greg wants to spend his vacation lazing at home, but Mom insists that the family goes for a road trip. So the Heffleys pack up and hit the road. They meet endless adventures and problems along the way, but they make it to the end, somehow...
Anne of Green Gables By L. M. Montgomery
Anne is an orphan, and she is simply delighted when she is adopted by the Cuthberts. But the Cuthberts wanted a boy to help out on the farm, can they keep this talkative, joyous red-headed girl?
(Not finished reading, but so far, 4 & 1/2 Stars)
Try reading these books, and let me know what you think about them!
Until next time....
Writing poems is not a breeze,
It's not easy to whip up poems with ease.
It can rhyme, but it doesn't have to,
You can write a million poems, or one or two.
It should be amusing, interesting to read,
So take your time and don't write with speed.
Hey there Readers!
Do you like poetry writing? Here are a few tips...
I personally think that rhyming poetry is the most fun to read, but you can try acrostic, freestyle, diamante or any other poetry styles you know of.
Think of a good topic for your poem. You don't want readers to fall asleep while reading it, so pick something amusing. (If the topic is your choice)
If the poem doesn't quite come out the way you thought it would, try again in a different way and experiment with different styles and vocabulary.
Poetry writing is really fun since you can be creative and let your imagination run away with you. (but don't run too far, the poem has to make sense)
You can also try writing tongue twisters, sentences with all the words starting with the same sound. They don't always have to make sense, for example...
Tall Timmy torments Tiny Toto twice tactlessly.
So be imaginative, readers, and become writers!
Hey there! I don't have much time to blog today so I decided to have a quick challenge and I want you to try. Yes, you. The person staring at the screen.
Complete this story with a funny ending and remember to use good punctuation, grammar and creativity.
To enter, post a comment on this post with your story ending.
Finally, I thought as I sat down at my writing desk, I can begin working on my new bestseller story. I had everything I needed. A pencil, an eraser, a few spare pencils and erasers. A 50 page notepad, a comfy seat and quiet.
I put my pencil on the paper. I wrote a letter- F. And another- i. and some more, n-a-l-l-y. And a comma. I had started to write another word when I heard a Bang! Bang! Bang! I knew it was my neighbour Don and his annoying set of drums. I put my head out the window and yelled, "Stop drumming Don!" The banging stopped.
I sat down and wrote, 'I thought' but that's all I could write before I heard a Waah! Waah! Waah! I knew it was my neighbour baby Lilly and her annoying cries. I put my head out the window and yelled, "Stop crying Lilly!" The crying stopped.
I started writing more, 'as I sat' but immediately, I heard the sound of Mr. Dawson's Lawn mower vrooming. I just couldn't bear all this noise. So what did I do? I'll tell you...
Finish the story!
A Challenge From The Violet Blogger
P.S. I don't care how crazy or abnormal or impossible you make the ending (It's already crazy. You can't stop a baby from crying be yelling at it.) as long as you try.
Hint: The story the person is writing is the story itself. (The first sentence he writes is Finally, 'I thought as I sat down at my writing desk, I can begin working on my new bestseller story.'and that's the first sentence of this story. )( Sorry, It's a bit complicated. )
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