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- Create new layers for typing, photo paste to which sizes have to be reduced to fit the layout and create/colorize background purposes only.
- To copy and paste a photo, use the Rectangular Marquees Tool.
- If you don’t want your photo overshadowing the background, you can lighten it through clicking on the layer to which you pasted that specific photo and decrease the opacity percentage.
The three women begin their journey through the old Bell School Building in Adams for two hours. As they walked through the halls, the walls and floors are covered with dust and smog. The air conditioner turned on full blast and the chills crawl up their spines.
Anita, Diana and Rae split up to find clues pertaining to the Bell family. Memoirs, diaries and books from the late 1800’s to jump-start who and what the “entity” is. And discover any witness journals who encountered the figure, itself.
Diana walked inside the library to look for journals dating back to the late 19th Century where many locals and visitors reported in Robertson County several years after the entity haunted John Bell’s family. On a desk nearby was a dusty book titled, “A Haunted Secret on Bell Property,” written by the late Professor Richard Powell. Powell was Betsy’s teacher and husband. He recorded many of the events occurred at the house, describing the strange knocks on the door and Betsy being thrown across the room in thin air with no ghost in sight.
Diana reads as the opening statement in the book follows: “On a dreary night in November 1817, it hasn’t dawned upon me yet as to how powerful the entity surrounding the Bell property is. We are unsure what it is and where it came from nor its main purpose to which it has not finished what they started on this Earth. When it departed, the soul began its taunting and torturing among those they despised the most. And it happened to be John Bell, Sr, the family patriarch.” She grabbed the book and took it with her before the security guard dashed across the school halls with his high beam flashlight. Rae and Anita ran down the hall and out the front door leaving Diana inside for an extra five minutes.
Five minutes have passed and all three of the college women reunited in the parking lot and left the premises before the security guard finds them trespassing on private property.
As the men drive to the cave, the women stay at the hotel to interview guests and employees who had the experience visiting the Bell Witch cave in Adams.
John, Joseph and Arnold arrive within 10 minutes and approached an older gentleman who now owns the Bell property. The older man asks, “What do y’all want?” Without hesitation, Joseph said that they would like to purchase a ticket to visit the Bell Witch Cave. “Sorry, can’t do that now,” said the owner. “Sir, we are here for a college assignment. We will not create any problems and will be out of your hair within the next hour.” “Well, you will have to come back within an hour since we are fully booked at the moment. Y’all fellows should have booked an appointment with us online. For today, however, I will make an exception.” The men waited for an hour until a new group of tourists arrive to which they joined together.
Inside the cave was an empty grave where an Indian child was buried. They made a wish at the well when entering the cave to hope they undergo paranormal activity. They will report what they sensed and heard from the echoing chambers among the Bell property.
Entering the cave was a straight narrow path which lead to its expansion where an unmarked grave was located and an empty black hole above the ceiling with shadows appearing out of the blue. Arnold looked above and snapped a photograph to underline what the shapes and colors in the orbs symbolized.
“I found something unusual in this picture,” Arnold said. Joseph and John walked over and asked, “What does it look like?” “That rock straight ahead has the face of a witch and the orb has a young woman bending down and covering her face. We are unsure who it could be. Perhaps Betsy Bell.”
Joseph recorded strange sounds with a voice recorder and on there was a woman’s voice shouting “You have been warned! GET OUT OF HERE NOW BEFORE YOU ARE TRAPPED INSIDE FOREVER!” The tour inside the cave was complete and they interviewed other tourists who have experienced any sensation from visiting the cave. The day has been covered and on their way back to the hotel to record one of their first experiences from the Bell home and cave.
Arnold, John, Joseph, Diana, Anita and Rae are heading for a one week Fall Break vacation in Adams, Tennessee to investigate areas of the region where the infamous Bell Witch tormented the Bell family two hundred years ago.
“Moreover,” is a town located near the Upper Cumberland area in Tennessee where the students attend a small community college. Their professor assigned each group a haunted place to vacate during their one week fall break and write a five-paged paper about their experiences and historical research which can make or break their grades.
As the group of six broom down to Adams, they stop at a local grocery store and purchase their meals for the entire week. Diana had a strange feeling in her gut that they will experience the unknown as soon as they arrive at the hotel.
Two and a half hours later, they arrive at the hotel and settle in two rooms where three of the men gather in one room while three of the women stay together. “I have a feeling that there is a strong presence in this room,” Diana said. “It’s unclear as to who or what the presence is, but the feeling is rather unsettling.” “Oh Diana, it may be the air conditioner blasting throughout the hotel,” Rae said to reassure her. “After all, the temperature is boiling hot outside.”
Before heading off to bed, the men and women gather around to assign their tasks for the next seven days. For example, men visiting the Bell Witch cave on day two while the women stay at the hotel and collect information from the internet. On day three, women will take a trip down to the Old Bell High School while the men stay back at the hotel and write about their experiences at the cave. On the fourth day, all six of the members will drive into town to ask locals about their encounters with the Bell Witch and add it to their paperwork. Day five is heading to the cemetery where the Bell descendants were laid to rest. Day six involves editing their homework. Day seven, they conclude their proof and head back to class. Day eight, they present their project in front of the class. Day nine, their final results conclude if they passed or failed the course.
For individuals who aspire to become creative writers, it is essential to have the visual and storytelling components because most readers don’t just simply read the story. Pictures and drawings bring the stories to life.
Here are some tips for aspiring creative writers:
- Balance your story with drawings/photographs.
- Organize your story with many details.
- Create a summary to get started.
- Determine if the story will be fictional/non-fictional.
- Will the story contain a rhythm pattern?
- Revise your work until you are ready for publishing.
Examples of these are:
Similar to a book report you write in school, movie reports entail the essential parts beyond the film’s summary. In other words, you write about the main characters, their roles and the life lessons an audience can take from the film, itself. You gather notes from the book, compare and contrast the story-line to the film.
Here are examples of a book report:
- What is the book’s story-line?
- Who are the main characters?
- Who is the protagonist?
- Who is the antagonist?
- What have you learned from the book?
Here are examples of a movie report:
- Write the film’s synopsis with 32 words or less.
- Name & Describe the characters.
- What are the main characters’ purposes in the film?
- What are the similarities and differences between the film & book versions?
- Overall conclusion about the life lessons audiences can gather from the film.
Bloggers spend many hours a week working their hardest to publish and connect with their readers. However, when we receive criticism from editors and our audience, it is hard to stomach those thoughts because we let them down.
The good news is that we can bounce back by providing and publishing new material for our readers to process. Here are the necessary steps to improve as bloggers:
- Accepting Criticism–>It’s painful to accept criticism because we often assume that our stories contain perfect grammar, accurate information or gain many followers. But constructive criticism can make you improve significantly through listening to what the readers are asking you to do, reread your previous stories and determine to make a change for improvement.
- Editing Work–>There are online tutors to help improve your sentence structuring, grammatical,punctuation errors and a dictionary to help you extend your vocabulary. Tackle your weakest areas and your work will grow at a steady rate.
- Ask Audience for Feedback–> This ties in with the first point. Ask your audience for tips and go forward. Ask them how you can become a better writer or photographer.
- Create New Projects–>Old material becomes boring and bloggers are looking for new material to write about. For example, their adventures to a country they never visited before or writing your first newsletter to demonstrate what editors for a local newspaper endure.