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by Sky Alton
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: October Prompt: Creating a Chill
Replies: 0
Views: 150

October Prompt: Creating a Chill

At Hogwarts the Halloween feast is kind of a big deal. There are massive pumpkins, live bats and even a spot of synchronised gliding. But what about the ghost stories? This month, I’d like you to write me a story (200 words or more) based around a haunting or eerie urban legend. It could be from the...
by Sky Alton
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Announcing HOL Version 5
Replies: 63
Views: 7480

Re: Announcing HOL Version 5

We are making a new site?! I literally just joined! Well then, time to get used to a new website when I just got the feel of things here! Yep, as Kathren says you're already experiencing HOL 5 :). All that will happen now is new features will continue to be released (which you can find news about i...
by Sky Alton
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: The Language Barrier
Replies: 2
Views: 356

The Language Barrier

Language subtitles and dubbing into different languages are two ways we can enhance TV shows so that they can be enjoyed by people outside the country they were made. While I can’t personally use anything with subtitles, I do sometimes wonder what amazing stories I’m missing out on simply because I ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 59
Views: 2825

Re: Flash Fiction

This week's things are.... Arrow, tree, footprint For example: The lines on her palm were more like the intricate tracery of spider’s web than the branches of a tree: the scar from years ago like the footprint of a past she could barely remember. She closed that weathered hand around the arrow and f...
by Sky Alton
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 59
Views: 2825

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: 59
Views: 2825

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: 244

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: 59
Views: 2825

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 8:56 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 59
Views: 2825

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: 17
Views: 4889

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: 1
Views: 215

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
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Quill and Ink Overview
Replies: 1
Views: 1114

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: 229

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: 24
Views: 1635

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
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Ask a Prefect
Topic: Ask a Prefect FAQ
Replies: 0
Views: 430

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 16, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy birthday Sky!
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: Happy birthday Sky!

Thank you so much everyone. It's been a wonderful birthday, the best in a long time. :D
by Sky Alton
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 30
Views: 3839

Re: Gathering and Games

Our June gathering was a day for short, fast games as folks were in and out. We started off with the ever popular backwards version of 20 questions (which appears to have as many names as it has questions as I can never stick to the one I put in the rules). First to sit in the hot seat was Will Lest...
by Sky Alton
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: HOL Appreciation Month - GOLD SPIRIT AWARD
Replies: 44
Views: 6976

Re: HOL Appreciation Month - GOLD SPIRIT AWARD

Congratulations to the following people for earning their Gold Spirit Award for this school year!

Maxim Trevelyan
Shiloh Adlar
Sky Alton
Gail Allen
Hannah R Thomas
Will Lestrange
Arianna Stonewater
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Prof. Gustavo Flores
Anna Snape
Kaitlyn Nightingale
Vanessa Tilley
by Sky Alton
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 30
Views: 3839

Re: Gathering and Games

We'll be seeing this term off in style in #gamesroom, 5-8 PM HOL-time tomorrow. Hope to see you there!
by Sky Alton
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: As Good As New
Replies: 1
Views: 269

As Good As New

A friend was telling me last night about how she hadn’t watched House MD in around 10 years but randomly decided to revisit season 1 last year. She’d not watched it in so long that it was more akin to watching a show for the first time. This is something I’ve found with the crime shows I enjoy: if I...

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