“Weightless and alone, an enigma, a wrinkled spasm of time sent tumbling elements,
rapid pulsations, a rare stone heart following sacred spacious paths—wormholes leading to this…” Dappled Ackley paused, and swept his arms in wide arcs across the sky, “this planetary atmosphere.”

“Witness prophetic talons grip glass, melted metal, when released power transforms everything into what it used to be, before the Oil Rationing Riots, when kindness prevailed and fear disappeared shining into a living color labyrinth beneath your very fingertips ushering in a time, once again, of plenty.”

Brenda Warren 2011


I used this week’s Sunday Whirl wordle words to write the words of Dappled Ackley’s prophecy.  Dappled Ackley is the blind seer in a short story I’m working on about a superhero named “Thundercaws,”  whose quest is to locate a meteorite that her friend Crazy Dave will use to repower the world, after an energy crisis renders televisions useless.  I’m sharing the story with my students, and they are providing me with feedback.  Dappled Ackley’s words came at the end of the second installment.

Thundercaws was born from a superhero formula.  All of my students created superheroes, too.  Thundercaws will meet at least one super villain JE, a student, created in my classroom.  I’ll post the installments here each week.

14 thoughts on “Plenty

  1. Cool use of the wordle, Brenda! It’s great when writing prompts can be incorporated into works beyond the original response, and this project your students are doing is a terrific way to stimulate their creativity.

    I used a writing group prompt involving Crayola crayon colors to give a supporting character in a novel in progress a crazy hair dye job. She was thinking about streaking her hair, and she let the kids in her Sunday school class pick three colors out of the crayon box for her to take to the salon.


  2. Interesting story/project, Brenda. I’m always struck by the mythology of these online games, endless slayings, allies & enemies, superheroes and villains. So creative to channel into a story series.


  3. Dappled Ackley is a great name, Brenda! I’m not sure where you get the energy to be so creative, But I most definitely applaud you!

    “When kindness prevailed and fear disappeared shining into a living color labyrinth beneath your very fingertips ushering in a time, once again, of plenty,” is vivid and scintillating!


  4. My teen began watching the movie ‘300’ at 11pm last night as it was on until 1am I told her it was too late to be up and watching a blood thirsty movie. They had watched the movie Gladiator at school as part of her history lesson and I’d warned her beforehand it was a bit bloody thirsty in parts. She informed me this morning that my thoughts on blood thirsty were so ‘tame’ when she thinks about some of the movies she’s seen. So, I guess the students today are becoming so much more de-sensitised to blood and violence than my generation was. Yours sounds like a good story Brenda, hope it has a happy ending…LOL


    • Under my blog’s header, if you click on Thundercaws, it will take you to the story. I took pictures of my illustrations, too. LOL My students had to draw their superheroes, so I did, too. It was so fun, I’m still working on it. This might turn into a bigger project than I anticipated, but it’s entertaining. We’ll see where it takes me. Thanks for your comments, Viv.

      That reminds me, I need to go see what kind of fun you are poking this week. 🙂


  5. Neat!
    Sounds like a great exercise (trying to imagine what my fifth or eighth grade teacher might have written at the horn of the sixties, in the World Before Tolkien. Would have been more King James and cautionary).
    Poetry is great for prophesy. Especially when you add in the elements of misdirection it’s bound to cause. Good luck in the Quest!
    I especially like the released power retro-fitting the universe.


    • They come to class telling tales of the video games they play these days, that are dark and disturbing. It is amazing what today’s children are privy to in their daily lives. Thank you for your well wishes. I started the project, and hope it can come to fruition with grace and a good ending.


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