Proto-Cliche: “The Unfinished Work”

A/N: Exactly as the title suggests, this is the unfinished prototype that would later become Cliche. 😀  Looking at it a good four or five years later, I'm actually grudgingly impressed.  Virginia West even had a typewriter before I separated her into Jen and Ryan.  I don't think I even reread this before I set … Continue reading Proto-Cliche: “The Unfinished Work”

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“The Face in the Mirror” by Allison Rose

I could not recognize the queer visage, with its malevolent, red-rimmed eyes and purplish, hollow features. A nest of auburn hair covered the scalp, extending in tangled tangents. Twisted teeth formed an evil grin, and it too held a burning candle to its face.

The Deanna Chapter (Unnamed Teenage Hacker Story)

I'm a good kid. That's what everyone says. And it's what everyone expects, too. "Deanna, be a good girl and..." "Mrs. Montgomery, what did you do to deserve such a darling little angel of a daughter?" "Mr. Montgomery, you should be proud of your daughters. They'll go far." Daughters. Plural. With an S. Did I mention I, Deanna Montgomery, have a sister? Her name's Lorraine and though we look identical on the outside, we couldn't be more different on the inside. We could be similar. We used to be. But sometimes, it's almost like she's actually trying to be my opposite on purpose. I guess she thinks I'm supposed to be the good one too.

Tales from the Classroom: “Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

I very, very rarely share excerpts from my English homework.  My teachers run everything we hand in through a plagiarism checker, so I feel it is appropriate to only publish anything from school to the blogs after I've received my grade.  Wouldn't want them to think I plagiarized some poor struggling author named Allison Rose, … Continue reading Tales from the Classroom: “Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

“Political Systems of Ancient Greek and Spartan City-States” – Tales from the Classroom

Author's note - here's an essay I wrote last year for a class on ancient civilizations and their political systems.  That week we were learning about Ancient Greece and its volatile relationship (or lack thereof) with Sparta.  If you're dying to read something of more substance than cryptic, depressing poetry, and you have a tolerance … Continue reading “Political Systems of Ancient Greek and Spartan City-States” – Tales from the Classroom