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March 28, 2015

Sit Down and Write

Our featured writer for this week is 11-year-old Katrina.  She finished her story in about four hours (or even less) during our Write Away! Weekend, one Saturday afternoon.

Sometimes you just need to devote time to write and stick to that schedule, sit down and write (and write and write…). As what American journalist, author, and dramatist, Gene Fowler said about writing, “Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

Katrina says she loves writing because it helps her express herself and it is really fun to write.  We can’t wait to write with her this summer!

There were no drops of blood at our Write Away! Weekend but an out-of-our-planet story from Katrina.

The Darlek Strikes Again

by Katrina, 11 years old

I have been on Mercury for about five years now and I think it is 2025. I was actually supposed to go to Sun station 25 to get arms for the next war but we had to take a break to walk around, stretch our legs, and fill up our gas tank. I am with Martha Jones and The Doctor. They happen to be doctors and The Doctor is actually an alien, the Time Lord, to be exact.

We are stuck here because our ship’s engine exploded because of the heat and Martha used diesel, and not gas. We are looking for materials for a new engine but we can’t find anything which isn’t too surprising because we are on Mercury. Mercury is nothing but a vast, empty void.

I realized something or someone was following me when The Doctor said he could sense something familiar. It was a Darlek; an octopus-ish kind of creature encased in metal so it looked like a robot. It also shoots lasers from its hand which looks like a whisk and it usually says “Exterminate.”

Aina Cruz, Sit Down and Write, robot, Mar28

I went to shoot it with my laser gun and it saw me and started chasing me when I tripped on my skirt, fell and broke my arm. I was expecting it to “exterminate” me when The Doctor came and just kept talking to it. Suddenly, Martha came, attacked the robot with a large rock and killed the octopus inside. After that, we finally found the parts we were in search of from the robot itself and we built a new engine. After that, we went to get the arms to protect our planet from alien invasions but unfortunately our engine was not compatible with our spaceship. So now we are stuck on Mercury.

We realized that we wouldn’t be getting off this planet for a while so we made plans to build a home and try to fight from here. We also knew that we could make weapons from the ship but we had to scale it down. We are keeping our hopes high for an alien to find us so we could use its spaceship to get home but for now, we wait.

Where the Write Things Are will have two summer classes for kids and teens this April and May 2015:

a. The Wonder of Words: Stories, Graphic Lit, Poetry & more

              Date: May 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 (MWF; 6 sessions)

              Time: 1pm-3pm (for 7-10 years old) / 3:30pm-5:30pm (for 11-17 years old)

              Venue: Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street Taguig

              Workshop Facilitator: Neni Sta. Romana Cruz & Roel Cruz

              Guest Authors: Mabi David & Dean Francis Alfar

b. Young Writers’ Hangout

              Date: April 18, 25, May 23 & 30 (Saturdays/per class basis)

              Time: 1pm-2:30pm (For 7-17 years old)

             Venue: Canadian American School Alphaland Makati

For registration and fee details contact 0917-6240196 or


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