Weekly Eldritch: Orcs. Oorg.

Here’s something creepy for this week. At our house we’ve finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and watched the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so Orcs have been on my mind recently. They were bad enough in the LOTR movies…


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Weekly Eldritch: Fantasia / Night on Bald Mtn

This week’s item of creepiness is the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia. Now the music by Mussorgsky is pretty dramatically frightening all by itself, so adding a host of demons to the top of said mountain just adds to the scariness.

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We Have a Winner! Eldritch Contest Results

IMG_0156 - Version 2Thanks to everyone who entered the Eldritch Contest! The winner of the contest is… drum roll please…

Sarah (Gr 6) from Lackner Woods Public School in Kitchener, Ontario! Sarah sent me a wildly imaginative story called “The Curse of Agatha’s Knife”. Congratulations, Sarah!

Among other prize items, Sarah will have a character named after her in the sequel to Eldritch Manor!  More details on that to follow…

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Weekly Eldritch: Black Webs

I don’t think you need to be an arachnophobe to find this art installation creepy..



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Group Writing Fun: Fill-in-the-Blanks Story

IMG_5988 - Version 2The game that has taken my writing club by storm recently is what I call the Fill-in-the-Blanks Story. We start by writing words on slips of paper and dropping them into the appropriate bowls: NOUN (character), NOUN (object), NOUN (location), ADJECTIVE, VERB, or ADVERB. Then we proceed with the story and draw a word every time we need to fill in a blank. The results can be… weird. Continue reading

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Monday Writing Prompt

Happy Monday, busy writers! A new week begins like a fresh new notebook full of blank pages – pages that can inspire either eagerness or terror in a poor writer’s heart. Here’s a starter for you today, another movie still prompt.

Introductions at a party – put some outrageous dialogue to this picture:


In case you’re wondering, this is a scene from All About Eve, from the famous party scene in which Bette Davis intones “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”

(And yes, that is Marilyn Monroe, pre-superstardom, in a bit part)

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Monday Movie Prompt

A writing prompt for a spring-ish Monday. (Here at least.)

Write some dialogue and the what-happens-next for this scene:

arsenic+lace(photo from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace)

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Shpooky prompt

Here’s a Monday morning Writing Prompt for you. The only thing better than the craziness of this photo is the name of the movie it comes from: Voodoo Man (1944).

Looks like a seance to me. Who are all these people? And what happens next?


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Weekly Eldritch: Aron Wiesenfeld

Randomly roaming about the internet, I came across this image and followed it to the website of illustrator Aron Wiesenfeld.

The Crown

The Crown, by Aron Wisenfeld

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Writing Club: Dialogue That Works

Welcome to another edition of writing tips, prompts and folderol. (Look it up.) Today we’ll look at writing dialogue that isn’t clunky, baffling or boring. But first we warm up…

cuff_last_passenger_corn_brook_5505-minute prompt: TRAVEL

Planes, trains, automobiles, boats, bicycles, or feet. Five minutes, stream of consciousness, write whatever comes to mind on the topic… GO!

For some reason most of my thoughts on the topic tend to the befores and afters and not to the actual travelling: airports and train platforms, figuring out schedules, waiting in line, delays, waiting for luggage, missing luggage, etc.

What’s the strangest mode of transport you’ve ever used?

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