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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

If it was summer and I wasn’t busy with school, I would challenge myself to write one poem a day for the whole month. But I don’t think I can physically accomplish that with the measly 24 hours a day we are given. So today I will share this poem that I wrote. I will also try to write a few other poems this month.

The poem today represents what I expect this month will bring, just like the rest of the past year. But it won’t be too bad. Here it is: Ode to Solitude.

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A Letter to a Newcomer: Part 1

I came across this post from my old blog (which, as you know if you’ve been reading my words for a while, my eight-year-old brother now writes on)… it was already so long ago (December 2019!). I had fun rereading it so I wanted to share it again. Click here to read the second part of it.

D-Dino Morphball

Dear Alien,

Welcome! We are located in the Milky Way galaxy and in this solar system, which we call our Solar System (great name). We live on a planet called Earth, which means ground. Boring, isn’t it? I’d have come up with something better. All the other planets in our solar system are named after strong, powerful, mythical gods and goddesses, but we have to be named after dirt. And another thing–can you guess what our one moon is called?

But that’s beside the point. Earth is a wonderful planet filled with oceans (large bodies of water) and continents. You see, we divided up our land into continents. There are 5 to 7 of them, depending on who you ask. Within these continents are countries (except for Antarctica, which is located around our south pole), and within them are provinces, states, counties, or something of the like. And within those…

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INFOGRAPHIC: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists

I decided to try something new, and made an infographic instead of the typical blog post. I had fun doing it, so I’ll probably do it again at some point. Click here to download it (don’t worry, it doesn’t take up much storage space).

P.S. Since I couldn’t have the best downloading quality without being a paying customer, the zoom may be a little weird for the download on a computer. I suggest you click on it, then set the zoom to 50-75% by pressing Ctrl + -, because otherwise it’s way too small or way too big.

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The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

What is good writing?

A question without a simple answer.

I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.

Red pen lying beside a page of writing with some markings and corrections.
If you are interested in this post, stay tuned!

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I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.

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So Slow So Fast

Please take the time to read this short post.


147. That’s how many posts I’ve made on this blog.

70,770. That’s how many words I’ve written on this blog.

698. That’s how many times I’ve clicked a zoom link to a virtual class.

∞. That’s how many hours I’ve spent in front of a screen.

418. That’s how many days I’ve been familiar with the term “mask up.” “Unprecedented.” “Pandemic.”

365. That’s how many days it’s been since I started this blog.

So slow, so fast. The year arrived and escaped. (Or did we escape from it?)

I learned a lot in the past year. I could go back to my first post and point out every mistake I made.

But I won’t do that. I’ll leave my younger self in peace and pride.

I can confidently say this past year was the weirdest of my life.

But (and I acknowledge my privilege in saying this) it was also one of the best.

I learned a lot this year.

How there was such a thing as cloth masks.

How when the world finds out they’re going to be in their house for an indefinite period of time, I guess their first thought is toilet paper.

How a birthday can still be amazing even when you talk over Zoom and sing on the sidewalk.

How although we as humans have caused global warming, littered the earth, been careless and unsafe, and hurt others in countless ways, we always manage to find the good.

I’m glad to let go of this year. It is one I will always remember.

If not for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have started this blog.

I wouldn’t have made so many new friends.

I wouldn’t have realized how much I like school.

I am happy to say that Words on Key, a project I thought would only last a month, is still going, even if I can’t write something every day or every week. And hopefully, I will be writing another post on March 20th, 2022. Hopefully then, I can say that everything happening now is behind us.

But for now, I’m happy to be safe and well. To be able to go to school, even just a little. To have a place where I can share my thoughts and writings like these with the world and be proud of them.

So slow, so fast.

The year arrived and escaped.


For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Three Line Tales 262 – Road

The thunder echoed across the barren land, a monstrous gray cloud loomed overhead.

She squinted out the car window at the woman, who kept her foot slammed on the gas pedal and screamed through the rain, “We’re in this together!”

She nodded in agreement before turning back to the road cracked and worn by lightning and muttered, “That’s what you think.”