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New! Story Starters with Guest Artist, Hayley D


Just when we thought that we couldn’t be more blown away by our talented young Spilling Ink writers, Hayley, D., age 13, sent us her photos. She has a great eye for unusual objects and thought-provoking scenes. In other words, her pictures make perfect Story Starters. So, welcome Hayley, as our first guest Story-Starter artist. We’re proud to have you on the blog.

This time, however, we’re not writing the captions. We dare YOU to come up with them. Leave them in the comments. When we get a bunch, we’ll post with the pictures.  And, oh yeah, don’t forget to write a story from these amazing pictures, too! We’ll be working on ours…

Love, Ellen and Anne 



StoryStarter 1:

photo by Hayley D


StoryStarter #2:

photo by Hayley D


StoryStarter #3

photo by Hayley D

StoryStarter #4


 StoryStarter #5

photo by Hayley D

StoryStarter #6


Reader Comments (19)

Good job, Hayley! The look behind you picture is really mind blowing. Some kind of creepy story, about ghosts, perhaps. The statue picture....the two little kids were in a fight (although that's strange), and the Mom,who was a witch, made them statues. Or something like that.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterella

holy smokes Haley! those are fantastic! eeerie goodness!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

first one reminds me of gilda joyce, spying on a sopposed pudding theif

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

I was thinking that maybe number 5 is two little baby statues getting ready to be put in an exhibit at the Museum of Transformed Sculptures and they're arguing about how they should be standing. "No, Tom! Keep your chin up and don't move!" "I know, Frank! Give me a break! You're suffocating me!" "Ouch! be careful of my knee!" "If I could SEE your knee that would be easier!" It goes on. :P You can guess which one's which.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Y.

Oh-em-gee!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! This is just amazing!!! I feel so honored to be the FIRST guest Story- Starter Artist!!!!!! This is just awesome. I really hope that you guys like them!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you again :) (btw that girl in the first pic, second pic, and fourth pic are me :) )

@ Ella Thank you and my dad LOVES your idea.... lol

@ Someone thank you!!!!! Thank you!!!!

@ Veronica Y That's an awesome idea :)

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHayley D.

Oh! And Anne and Ellen, do you mind if I post my ideas for these pics too? I know I took the pictures, but they make me want to write also :) And about the pictures being cool, honestly I think ANYTHING is utterly interesting if you look at it through the right perspective :) Anyway, that's all. Thanks again :)

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHayley D.

We'd love to hear your ideas for the pics, Hayley! And keep the great ideas coming, everyone else! --Anne

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Mazer

#2, 4 and 6 look like some sort of ghost story with the girl with the candle. #5 seems like a clone mishap or something. Maybe a twin thing.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC

Girl with candle: That ghost doesn't look too happy. What did you do to make it come hunt you down?

1: Walter (yes, walter) just wants to get away from her crazy family for even a LITTLE bit. But when her brother takes her favorite dessert, she won't stand for the left over stale cookies. Sadly for her brother, this might not be his lucky day. Well, he tried.

2: These are by far the biggest pair of 3D glasses I have ever seen. Wait. Those are my reading glasses. Does that mean I've been shrunk?

3: Jaclyn's family vacation on the cruise to the Bahamas is just going too smoothly. She knows something about the tropical air feels a little too magical.

4: This is how Jackson sees the world. He likes it. He told me he'd preferr it over color. But what happens when everyone else sees the world as he does, too? Jackson doesn't like how he's not unique anymore.

5: These two brothers never really liked eachother. But one accidental wish led to this. Now they're stuck together. This could be a problem.

6: If you ever see this on your driveway, dont run. You'll be better off if you turn around. Maybe if he's in a good mood, you'll live. But if it's a Monday, you're out of luck. He doesn't like Mondays.

Great job, Hayley!!!!!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

@ Samantha LOL We actually were on a cruise to the Bahamas!!!! Lol!!! And thanks! :)

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHayley D.

veronica i love your idea! samantha those are great! the tarampoline one:
ever since meg drank that water a starnger gave to her, shes been seeing things differently. everything, colorless, no void, nothing, but, whats that trampolone? they dont own a trampoline! in fact, 3 years ago, a different family lived their. and that boy was killed by unknown causes on the very trampoline. now meg sees it, the boy, and hes begging her to find his killer. so shes stumbles opon a ld mystrery, and soon with her new ability, sees dead people everywhere. where they died. she has to save the boy, or she will be like this forever, and be sucked into the void of death. to ive with the other spirits, join meg as she and her new friend (the dead boy) to solve the mystery.
ta da! very paranormal
maybe one of the evil spirits is trying to get meg to take her place?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

please excuse my awful spelling, i was in hurry.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

i think for mine, the stranger with the water was the killer, and hes after meg next

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

Strory starter #3 Who are those four people? No ,wait, five? Don't forget the feet. Okay. Six. What's in the girl's bag? A bomb? How about that little boy in red...or is he a secret agent midget? =P yeahhh

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHayley D.

Here are my captions!!!

Girl with candle: The girl heard a creak on the stairs. She whipped around. What could it be?

1. Spying behind a Spilling Ink book...isn't that for reading?

2. The worlds most expensive pair of glasses are held inside a clear glass box...

3. Ah! Vacation!

4. Claire ran outside with her night goggles on. Where was that racoon? Not near the trampoline...

5. Remus and Romulus didn't like each other even at a young age...

6. "'Look behind you.' Oh, okay...."

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten A.

my captions:
girl with candle: have you ever felt like there is something lurking just out of the candle's spot of light? for olympia, there was.
1 is that suspicious liquid that boy is taking REALLY just ketchup? or is it something EVEN more sinister?
2 aren't glasses usually a little, um, smaller?
3 vacation is going smoothly for eva. too smoothly.
4 who made those rips in that eerie glowing cage?
5 mother gothel was never happy when her sons were fighting, but this time she went a little too far
6 DO NOT, under any circumstances, turn around.

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscribbles

Oh, here's my try! Awesome photos, Hayley! :D

1) Bess knew she was supposed to be grounded for the ENTIRE MONTH. But when she sees her little brother reaching across HER plate to take HER sauce, she couldn't help but eye him, thinking of a way to seek revenge.

2) What are these strange ebony glasses? Reading glasses? Or a portal to another dimension? And what is that mysterious elven vase sitting nearby?

3) It was the perfect trip to Bermuda. That is, until the cruise ship docked and Mr. Walters looked to his side only to find a strange woman and strange children surrounding him.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Story started #6 is different.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnknown

Will the winners of this be posted?

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter?

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