Friday, October 31, 2014


Its job very important. It is the key to everything done here. Laced up, tightly, firmling grasping the foot. Every touch is affected by it. Everyone has them on, two on everyone, no more, no less. All different styles, everyone’s pair looks different but, every pair has the same purpose. Personalized or not, they are the flashiest part of the game. Worth hundreds of dollars, but they get them for free. Every single one has a different name and all the kids know them. The sides are scratched by every touch. The bottoms, covered in mud. The laces, tied tight, not giving up, Every part is as important as the other. Every part serving a certain purpose. It’s either helping you, or making you slide and fail.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cornelius Short Short Story

Once upon a time there lived a brave and heroic corndog named Cornelius. Cornelius was one of several children in the Corndoggia family. His siblings included Corny, Corilla, Cornaya, Corderoy, Cornecopia, Corya & Cabbage. Cornelius, being the eldest of the children, was usually the one that had to settle arguments between his siblings. Cabbage was the youngest and he was hated by all of his brothers and sisters. Even Cornelius being the loving corndog he was, despised Cabbage. Cabbage’s parents even loathed him. But, Cabbage was okay with his parents hatred towards him because the feeling was quite mutual. Afterall, who the heck names a corndog Cabbage? He wanted to change his name his whole life but his parents would not let him.
So one day when Cabbage was walking home from school a group of real cabbages called the Cabbagians called him over. Cabbagians were the Corndoggians worst nightmare, their greatest fear and their biggest rival. The Cabbagians were green, lean, leafy & worst of all...healthy. It disgusted all corndogs, that is all the corndogs except for Cabbage. The Cabbagians convinced Cabbage to join the and help them with their evil plot. Cabbage decided to leave the city San Dogo. After a few weeks of being gone Corderoy finally noticed that he was missing. His parents immediately started to feel guilty. How could have they gone weeks without noticing that one of their kids was missing? They regretted hating on him his whole life and now were stressing out trying to find him. They contacted the local police who put out a missing persons report. After a week of searching they could not find him. The police told the Corndoggias that they had reports that he went off with the Cabbagians. They knew that Cabbage would go off with them because his name sounded more like Cabbagian than than Corndoggia. All of the rest of their children’s names sounded like Condoggia except for him. Cabbage probably thought that they wanted him to join them even though they hated Cabaggians because they hated him too.
While all of this was going on, Cabbage was helping with the plot to kidnap all corndogs and take over the world with his fellow Cabbagians. When they were trying to come up with a date to commence their plot, Cabbage remembered national corndog day was March 15. This was perfect, all the corndogs would be celebrating out in the city streets. They could surrounded the city and not let anyone in or out. They would then cut all power to the city and force the people to stay outside. Then they would send troops in to kidnap the corndogs and take over the world. Luckily, Cornelius almost joined the Cabbagians when he was younger and he knew their headquarters were. So Cornelius went to headquarters the Cabbagians that he wanted to join them. When they told Cornelius he had to stay there until the plot, he was concerned that he would not be able to warn the other corndogs about the attacks. He convinced the Cabbagians to let him go home to get his clothes and belongings. So Cornelius went home and told his family and the city about what happened. The whole city decided to flee to their allies the nachos. Nacho city was only a 20 minute drive from  San Dogo. So the whole city packed up what they needed to live for about a week and headed to Nacho City’s biggest hotel Nacho Nacho. As the City headed there, Cornelius headed back to the Cabbagians headquarters.
On March 15 the Cabbagians headed to San Dogo. When they got there they realized that no one was in the city. They asked around if anyone knew about what was happening and no one knew. After getting frustrated the Cabbagians headed back to the headquarters and gave up. Cornelius then told everyone at the Nacho Nacho the good news and they could all head home. About a week later Cabbage returned home and everyone was happy. His parents and siblings promised that they would be nicer to him for now and that they would be a happy corndog family.
Dear Burger King,

I have put up with this for too long now and I need to bring it up to you. When I go to the Cape, I usually stop at the Burger King in Dennis and I always go through the drive-thru. I always order a Whopper and a cheeseburger. But, I never get the cheeseburger. I have gone there probably about seven times and not once have I got the cheeseburger I asked for. I still paid for the cheeseburger, but it’s not there. What if there was a dying child in my back seat that was starving and needed a cheeseburger to live? You could have killed that small child by not giving me that cheeseburger. Luckily, it was just for me and I already was going to eat the Whopper, but I still want the cheeseburger. You have charged me for seven cheeseburgers that never even got to me. Maybe next time I will just stop at Chipotle first so I don’t have to deal with your awful service. I have never, never had a problem there, plus I get I can get way better food for even cheaper. Not only do I never get my cheeseburger, you also have been out of straws for my drink and have set the grill on fire so I have to get chicken instead. You need to step up your service soon or you’re going to lose a very frequent consumer. I will be back next summer to see how you have improved. You better impress me.

Angry Customer,
Cape Resident

Monday, October 20, 2014


I disagree with what Fanny Howe says about what students these days write about. She said that all stories written by students ended with violence and that there was no happy endings. All of the stories I write end in happy endings. She is wrong and should look over more work done by students.  

Timed Prompt

It was Christmas Eve. Fog stuck to the tarmac at Lindbergh Field. The Chelsea plane landed and the players departed. Everyone was there except for John Terry and Gary Cahill’s wife. John Terry had a history of having affairs with his teammate’s wifes, so Gary was furious. They had just came back from a Champions League game in Paris and John had always loved Paris. He talked about staying there longer, but he always says this but he never does. Then Gary said the John was talking to his wife while in Paris about how beautiful it was there. Maybe he was trying to make her come with him. This made Gary even more mad than he was before. Then Oscar said that maybe they were just sightseeing and would be back in the morning. Drogba then said that this was his way of making women stay with him. Turning as red as a tomato, Gary hopped back onto the plane and headed towards Paris. While on the plane, Gary thought of what he was going to do to John when he found him. He then decided that it was best if he just took a nap and figured it all out when he got there. When he woke up from his nap though, he found out that the plane had landed two hours ago. He knew that he had lost a ton of time and that he had to act fast. Since it had been so long since they left Paris the first time, he knew that John could have been anywhere with his wife by now. He couldn't just ask people if they saw John and his wife because he was too famous and people would just want pictures and autographs. He knew that he had only one option, he had to call up his former teammate, David Luiz who was on the team that they had played, and ask if anyone had seen John and his wife. He said that they were last seen heading towards a hotel but he didn't know which one. Gary then decided to head to the most expensive hotel in Paris and see if he was there. If they weren't there Gary had no backup plan and would be lost. So he got into a taxi and headed towards the hotel. Sure enough when he got there, John had booked a room and was staying there. When Gary told the man at the desk about what was going on he immediately understood, he gave Gary a key and told him where the room was. As if anything else couldn't go wrong, the elevator was broken and Gary had to take the stairs. Of course, the room was on the top floor so he had to climb all the stairs to get to the room. When he got to the room it was silent inside but Gary still knew that something could be going on. He opened the door to find his wife and John in separate beds. John quickly explained that Gary’s wife had gotten lost and didn't know how to get back to the plane. So he tried to help her but by the time they got to the plane it was too late and the plane had already taken off. So John bought her a nice dinner and they decided to stay the night and leave in the morning. Realized, Gary thanked John for what he did for his wife and told him that everything between them was good. That year, Chelsea went on to win the Champions league thanks to the new trust between Gary and John, off and on the field.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boston Marathon 2 narrators

Runner: Here we go the final stretch. This is the moment I have been waiting for for years. I have trained for years to run in my first marathon and I am about to finish. No marathon would be better to start with than there Boston Marathon. It is the longest running marathon and everyone knows about it. I know my family is at the finish line waiting for me to congratulate me. As I am finishing I think of what I have done today. I have ran 26.2 miles in just over four hours. I am extremely proud of myself for doing this. A few years ago I would have never thought of running a marathon. Four years ago, I tried running a 5k and I could barely finish that. Now, I am finishing the longest race there is. I can see my family at the finish line, they are clapping and cheering for me. Just a little further and I am there. Then to my left I hear an explosion and I quickly fall to the ground. I fell a sharp piercing pain in my leg. Then a few seconds later I hear another explosion. When I get my senses back I look down at my leg and I immediately scream at what I see. There is nails in glass in my legs and I am bleeding bad. My family runs to me and tries to their best to call a paramedic over. There is a lot of people down, I can’t really see that well because I am dizzy. Then all of a sudden I pass out and wake up at a hospital. I look down at my leg and it is gone. A nurse comes in a tells me what happened. She says that the damage was too bad to save it and that they had to amputate it. I know that it is going to take some getting used to but when I find out some people got injured worse I am glad that all I lost was a leg. It is going to hard but I can do it.

Observer: I can see him all the way down at the  end of the street. He has just a little while left until he is done. I am proud of him, his dedication and effort to complete this marathon. I have never been so proud of my son. I can’t wait for him to finish so I can give him a huge hug and tell him how proud I am of him. It has been just a little of over four hours since the start of the race. I don’t know much about marathon racing but I would say just over four hours is a great time for finishing your first marathon. We traveled all the way from Texas so that he could run in this. He had a list of marathons that he wanted to run New York, Chicago, Boston, and London. Last year he decided that he wanted to run the Boston Marathon because it is the most famous and he has always loved the history of Boston. We came up a few days ago, going to all the famous areas in Boston, including going to a Red Sox game yesterday. Now here on Massachusetts's holiday Patriots Day my son is running the Boston Marathon. He is so close to being done, I can almost touch him. Then, an explosion goes off and he falls. I am in shock to what has happened.. Then a few seconds later another explosion goes off. We run over to him calling for someone to help. He closes his eyes and he has passed out. We get him to an ambulance and rush him into the hospital. We sit in the waiting room throughout the surgery and when they are finished the surgeon comes out. He tells us that they could not save the leg and that they had to amputate it. I can’t believe what I just heard. We go into his room and talk to him about what happened and he doesn't seem too shocked by it. He explains that he knows that it is going to be hard but that he will live with it. I hope that it doesn't hurt him too much.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Meal: One Act Play

Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres are having lunch at the Chelsea FC training grounds. It is just the two of them in the room, as everyone else went home for the day. They are discussing what they have brought to the club.

 Drogba: I am a legend here, they love me.
Torres: They love me here too.
Drogba: (Laughing) No they don’t! Why do you think you got transferred to AC Milan! You couldn’t score a goal if your life depended on it!
Torres: (Offended) Either could you, you never score.
Drogba: I scored 100 goals here and you only scored 20 goals.
Torres: You also had a lot more games than I did.
Drogba: Still, you did so well at Liverpool and then you came here and became the joke of the league. Whenever someone misses a goal they say, “Oh, I just pulled a Torres”.
Torres:  Well that was only because I had one really bad miss with an open net. That happens to people all the time! It’s just I am expected to be a lot better so that is why I got loaned to AC Milan.
Drogba: Actually that is why I was told to have lunch with you.
Torres: (Confused) What do you mean?
Drogba: (In a more soothing tone) The whole loan thing was a lie. We actually cut you from the team, you are no longer on the club.
Torres: (Furious) You mean that I am not on any club at all?!
Drogba: The whole team talked about it and we decided that it was the best for the club if we cut you. Believe me, we put you out on the market but no one wanted you. I’m sorry Fernando.
(As he said this Diego Costa walks into the room.)
Costa: What are you guys yelling about? I could hear you all the way down the hallway.
Torres: Didier was just telling me about how I was not transferred and that I was actually cut from the team! Is this true?
Costa: I am so sorry Fernando but it was what was best for the club. Trust me, you are a great striker you just did not have the best production here. We spent £50 million on you and you did not do much.
Torres: What have you done since you came here?
Costa: I have only played six premier league games and I have already scored 8 goals here. You had 110 appearances and only scored 20 goals. I have almost scored more goals in the short time I have been here than the four years that you were here for.
Drogba: Guys, calm down. We all know as strikers how hard it is to score goals. Maybe Fernando just did not fit into the system here. Diego and I have just had better luck here.
Torres: (Picking up a knife) That’s it. Bring Mourinho in here right now or I will kill both of you right now!
Costa: Fernando just calm down lets talk this over and find out what is wrong.
Torres: I told you to call Mourinho now! Do what I say or you will regret it.
Drogba:(Scared) Okay! I will call him right now! ( Calls the manager) He will be here in a second.
Costa: You don’t have to do this. You could probably get signed by a club still. A lot of clubs need strikers and maybe you can fit in there. Maybe a MLS team will pick you up.
Torres: You think that I want to go to an awful American club?(Yelling) I deserve to be playing for a Champions League team! I was great with Liverpool and I can be great somewhere else. Where is Mourinho Didier, you told me he would be here in a second.
Drogba: Just give him a second he was finishing up bringing everything in from training earlier.
Costa: Just put the knife down and we can talk this all out. You don’t have to kill somebody over this. Maybe Mourinho will sign you back onto the team, you never know.
Drogba: I just heard him talking outside the room. He will be in here in a minute. Just calm down and don’t do anything you will regret.  
Torres: Good I need to have a nice long talk with him.
(Right after he says this Mourinho walks in and Torres throws at the knife at him. It hits him in the chest and he starts to bleed out)
Drogba: (Panicking) What are you doing?! That is one of the best managers in the world right there! I just told you that you don’t kill people because they cut you. If people did this there would be no managers in the world. People get cut, it’s a part of life. You just have to deal with it and move on.
Torres: It is what need to happen.
Costa: (Yelling) Are you crazy? You don’t just kill people when you don’t get what you want! You talk things out and figure out what is wrong.
Drogba: I’m calling this police this is getting out of hand.
Torres: They will never catch me!
(After he says this he runs out of the room and Drogba runs over to Mourinho and finds out that it is too late.)
Drogba: I can’t believe he did this just because he was cut.
Costa: I will go run after him and try to catch up with him. Stay here with Mourinho until the paramedics arrive.
Drogba: Be careful and make sure that the police know what he has done. I will call a team meeting after they take Mourinho away.
Costa: Okay, I will be there after we catch Fernando. I will make him pay for what he did.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peer reviews

Nick Reynolds: The Lonely Giraffe: It introduces the main character very well. Tell more about how the other giraffes treat him. Extend when Alejandro comes with Mike. Tell more about how they got killed.

Sean Eykel: He bit off more than he could nip: Good introduction. Good storyline. Written well. Whole story is written well. Humorous.

Brittany Holmes: RAFT: Good build-up. Introduces topic well. Makes everything intense. Keeps reader hooked. Overall a well written story.