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Vote - Idol Minor - Week 2

A few words from clauderainsrm:

Some of my favorite memories from when I was a kid involve watching old monster movies at my Grandma’s house.

Dracula. Frankenstein. The Mummy. The Wolf-Man, The Invisible Man (My user name is actually a take on the actor Claude Rains) … Godzilla and all of his friends. These were my frames of reference in the world of monsters.

The real life ones were all too real, but I hadn’t really thought of them that way - I just knew that monsters were better than dealing with people.

I also had the ones from Sesame Street, who were helpful and friendly, but still monsters.

I had the ones from books, some good, some bad - but most of them were pretty interesting, and existed in this world that it felt like if you squinted just enough, at the right time and the right angle, maybe you could see into it.

This week, our topic was Monsters. (and for the adults who HAVEN’T read the graphic novel “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”, I highly recommend it)

There are 5 really cool tales from 5 really cool writers, all of them the best kind of monsters that there are. :)

So get out there and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

No one is getting eliminated, so you can vote for as many as you feel like supporting - and PLEASE leave comments so that the writers can know how much you like their work!

The poll closes Thursday May 17th at 8pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2081365 Idol Minor - Week 2

The Ballot:

Homer's entry


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May. 15th, 2018 10:53 pm (UTC)
One of the monsters that makes me super-scared in this mad modern life is the crazy commodification of that’s happening in our education system. I have happy memories of my third grade teacher, who checked out one of the record players from our library and played Ray Lynch’s Deep Breakfast and had us write stories for her about whatever we wanted once a week. Sometimes we had the option of sharing them and she always gave us feedback, not just in the form of editorial comments but also praise and questions. I know I wasn’t the only kid who loved those writing sessions.

My kids have done a ton of writing already in the third grade. Way more than I had at their age. But I just asked them, and none of it has been free writing. They have always been asked to write to rigid structures and rubrics. Three and five sentence paragraphs melding seamlessly into five paragraph essays. No joy of a blank piece of paper and a fantasy and an inspiring soundtrack.

So, Idol peeps, this is my rambling and complaining way of thanking all of you for being a part of something that can be that blank, exciting, inspiring page for them. Seriously guys, thank you! This is awesome. I’m super super psyched we’re making it happen.

Edited at 2018-05-15 10:57 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2018 08:13 am (UTC)
Composition was always my favourite part of "English" class. I'm thrilled Gary is doing this again, and I am thrilled your girls are writing. This is pure luxury for me. Love, love, love reading these gems from young bright and imaginative minds.
May. 16th, 2018 06:34 pm (UTC)
It's the rare human being who can teach and inspire others. Especially young minds. My father taught me to love reading. But my 8th grade teacher taught me to love writing. Every Friday we had a "free write" after she would read aloud a short tricksy story. We were encouraged to entertain with our own stories and she would then read THESE aloud anonymously and I began to learn how stories entertain, surprise, affect emotions, and captivate.

Creative writing is a vital component of education!!
May. 18th, 2018 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh what a wonderful experience!!

I was able to take a creative writing elective in 8th grade. Mrs. Heierman was my teacher, and I loved her class so much. I liked sitting off to the side, two rows away from the rest of the class, and she asked if I'd like to sit closer, and when I said no, she shrugged and said, "ok!" cheerfully. It made me feel validated that she didn't care where I chose to stick myself, and was ok with me wanting my own space. I loved just relaxing into the writing process. Once I wrote about a man and his wolf, and another time I remember writing about a whole world made of Gak, which was a really popular slime toy at the time.

We got to write about all sorts of things and share them with her, and with the class, too, if we wanted to. I don't remember sharing much, but I loved writing.

I wish she'd have read ours anonymously, I think that's a great way to go about it!

Anyway, I agree that creative writing is vital!!
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