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by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 110

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's things are....
Fire, lightning, volunteer

For example:
Lightning whipped down, lashing the tops of the hills like fire. Everyone in the cramped shelter was averting their gaze: the only sound was the rain bouncing off the roof. It seemed nobody wanted to volunteer. (36 words)
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 110

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's things are: Fish, sign, tower Remember to check your word counts! For example: There was what might have been the remnants of a sign on the side of the crumbling tower. It looked like it had been quietly weathering away there for centuries. The explorer edged nearer and peered at the ins...
by Sky Alton
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Pen names
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: Pen names

We've chatted about this several times on my writing degree. Most recently an author of YA said that doing a 'JK' is often advisable if you're a woman writing YA, fantasy or sci-fi because you're more likely to draw in young male readers by not instantly announcing your gender. This kind of harps ba...
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 110

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's things to include are... Padlock, pyramid and parachute For example: For the 542nd time, the prisoner hammered the padlock against the wall. It gave a protesting creak, then miraculously popped open. Shrugging off chains as he ran, he made his way to the apex of the steel pyramid. Lookin...
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 310
Views: 16233

Re: Quick Quotes

Quick Quotes will be taking a break for a while: thank you all for the amazing work you've put in flicking through your books for ideal responses.

We'll be focusing on our new game Flash Fiction for the time being. Worry not though, Quick Quotes will return!
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 110

Flash Fiction

Welcome to Flash Fiction , the challenge to make stories in miniature! Flash fictions are stories that pride themselves on being short, really short. Providing it has a beginning, middle and an end, even a sentence can tell a story. A typical example is this one by Augusto Monterroso: When he woke u...
by Sky Alton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Class Discussions
Topic: So, What Are You Taking?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

So, What Are You Taking?

In case the hubbub, horseless carriages and feasting hadn’t given it away, it’s the start of term! The halls have been literally buzzing today as everyone checks out the classes on offer: some new, some returning and many classics. What’s caught your eye? Have you narrowed it down to your 5 (or less...
by Sky Alton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: September Prompt: In Order
Replies: 0
Views: 22

September Prompt: In Order

If you’ve dotted the Is and crossed the Ts, then you may do whatever you please -Order of the Phoenix It’s the start of term and classes are getting underway. Whether you make yourself a little list, exist in a state of orderly chaos or resort to a rather supercilious enchanted homework planner, th...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Wrapping up the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge
Replies: 0
Views: 49

Wrapping up the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

August is fading and term is nearly here. It’s time to put those piles of summer reads away and get ready to pack your trunk. Before you do though, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate all of you who committed to reading with us this summer: whether you reached your pledge or not, you still made t...
by Sky Alton
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Remember you only have until 11.59 PM HOL-time tonight to get those write-ups posted and to earn the shiny award. :)
by Sky Alton
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 310
Views: 16233

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is...
An item on a resume

From Abhorsen by Garth Nix
and I also... was... a Second Assistant Librarian and a Daughter of the Clayr, though I don't expect you know what those titles mean. I'm not at all sure myself at the moment.
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Backpacking 'round the World
Topic: Week One – San Marino
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Week One – San Marino

I’m loaning the museum a snow globe I picked up when I was in Iceland. It’s your average spun crystal dome, only the inside is a perfect representation of a house and garden correct to the minutest detail. The trees, birds and flowers in there appear to be living quite happily. The weather inside th...
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Quill and Ink Overview
Replies: 1
Views: 775

Re: Quill and Ink Overview

A few minor edits regarding prompts have been made and the link to the new Prompt Index and Information thread added.
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Prompts Index and Information
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Prompts Index and Information

Welcome to the prompts index. Here you’ll find links to previous prompts and wordcrawls, as well as a brief explanation of how each works. You can earn 20 beans for each prompt completed. To win the coveted Quill and Ink Award, you must complete 7 prompts over a particular school year. This can incl...
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gold Spirit Award 2018-19
Replies: 20
Views: 429

Gold Spirit Award 2018-19

Come one, come all and gather round to set out your hopes for HOL 2018-2019! The Gold Spirit Award was begun as part of HOL Appreciation Month. It’s designed to help motivate you to fulfil your own personal goals for the school year, however big or small, whatever they might be. Anyone is welcome, b...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 310
Views: 16233

Re: Quick Quotes

And this week's prompt is....
Minutes from a Meeting

From Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
We shall know what things are of overmastering importance when they have overmastered us
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions

One thing that I have noticed that hasn't been brought up are graphic novels or manga. Would these be acceptable as read books? Yes, graphic novels can absolutely count! :D While online fanfiction and the like doesn’t count, you’re free to mix it up with some re-reading, audio books or graphic nove...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 310
Views: 16233

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is...

An error message on a computer
From Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Warning: if a door says pull, there is absolutely no use in pushing
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Ask a Prefect
Topic: Ask a Prefect FAQ
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Ask a Prefect FAQ

Welcome to the Ask a Prefect FAQ! If you have a question, please read this thread first to check if there’s an answer below and also have a look back through the topics on the board in case someone else has already asked it. It is also always an excellent idea to read the New and Improved HOL Handbo...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Will Lestrange: I do not believe that Muggle communication influenced Wizarding communication; if anything, it was the other way around. Looking at our alphabet, for example, let us remember that it dates back to the days of the Romans under the name “Roman alphabet” or “Latin alphabet”. Keep in min...

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