Shapeshifting 13 #75 Kickoff

October 12, 2016

Ahoy there, Ghoul Friends!

So, have you ever had to explain or teach something which you weren’t sure you knew everything about?

Whoa! What?!

I know it sounds odd, but bear with me. So, I was recently tasked with teaching a math lesson using bar models. Prior to creating this lesson, I had never heard of nor seen this bar model method, and it sounded absolutely absurd to me. I see how it could really help students learn how to see multiplication as a comparison of two numbers, but it seemed so odd to me. As I considered all of this, I started thinking about how I learned to multiply, and I couldn’t necessarily pinpoint how I learned. I’m sure it involved a lot of sitting with the multiplication tables and writing them over and over again, but I can not say, for sure, how I learned to multiply. And then my mind started down the rabbit hole of writing as I worked on a lesson plan for language arts. “How did I learn how to write? Not as in forming letters, but, rather, forming complete sentences with critical thought and punctuation to where it sounds good?” I’ve had several people in my life tell me that I write “pretty”–that I have a lot of detail in my writing and it’s wonderful, but not always appropriate for a business setting, which is when/where I received that pseudocompliment. My cooperating teacher has mentioned, on more than one occasion, how excited she is to see me teach writing and include writing because I love to write. I mean, she’s not lying, I love to write, but I can’t remember how I learned to write like this. I know it is something that formed over years and years of education and practice, but there must be something or someone at some point that/who taught me “this is how you write a creative sentence”. It sounds crazy in my head as I type this, but it where my mind is right now. I wonder how I’m ever going to teach a child the fundamentals of writing, especially creative writing, when I can’t remember how I learned it myself. This brings us to our discussion question today: What do you remember about how you learned to write creatively? Is there anything from your childhood that you can pinpoint as a moment when you remember “getting it”? Tell us all about it, and let’s start a conversation.

This week’s challenge is full of juxtaposition, and I’m thoroughly excited to see what you ghouls conjure!

Before we get to this week’s prompt, though, here are a few important reminders:

  • On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this project, please email out past celebrations here. Don’t forget to check out our latest Ghoul Celebration of Joe of Joe2Stories.
  • Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
  • The Shapeshifting 13 goes live every Wednesday at Noon ET. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. Voting ends on Monday at 8:00 p.m., so you get about 24 hours to read and vote for your favorites pieces. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesday at Noon ET. Further details can be found here.

This week, our latest challenge series continues!


During Ghoul Festival, you will be provided a picture prompt and an audio prompt. The prompts should create an atmosphere for you that (we hope) will elicit some amazingly creative writing that is incredibly diverse. Our Ghoul Festival this year is all about the SOUNDS AND FEELS OF FALL! Let the image and the audio guide you through your imagination. Our suggestion? Plug in some headphones or turn up the speakers, close your eyes, and listen after staring at the picture for a bit, and see where your creative genius leads you!

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 26 words. This week, in exactly 39 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following prompts:

Visual Prompt:

Audio Prompt:

“Piano Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor, Movement 3 (The Funeral March)” by Frederic Chopin


The General Shapeshifting 13 Rules:

  •  Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    Submissions must be exactly the number of words specified; no more, no less.
  •    Submissions must use the prompt as directed.
  •    Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
  •    One submission per person.
  •    Please put lengthy explanations at the end of your post, not at the beginning.
  •    Don’t forget to add the code for the challenge badge to your post.
  •    When voting, you are on the honor to not vote for your own piece.

Now, while you’re getting ready to post those wonderful words, don’t forget to grab the Shapeshifting 13 #75 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Sunday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!

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  • Slfuchs October 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    AbjectMuse is great.

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