Writing to Cope With Our Emotions:

Someone once told me “The last three months have been an up and down elevator for me mentally and physically. There are days when hopping out of bed in the mornings are rough and it’s difficult to lighten up when someone you love deeply was within an inch or two near death from a car accident. Someone you have shared two years of your life with and worry every second of every day that they are safe and sound. From God’s blessings to all of family and friends, he is still with us.

When there are days I don’t hear from that loved one, it takes an emotional turmoil on me. I begin to process that everything we endured months in our relationship before were my fault to the point which we were suffering many doubts and heartbreaks.

I turned to writing as a form of a coping mechanism to hide the sadness underneath my smile no matter where I go, no matter what I do and no matter how busy I become. We all have the sadness beneath us and some don’t recognize how much we are willing to sacrifice our lives and love we have for others. However, we in turn don’t love or nurture ourselves in a healthy manner. When I look around to see individuals moving or talking, there is that one individual standing in the center of a crowd screaming for help on the inside but letting everything on the outside bother them to no end.

We should never allow anyone define how we should feel, how much we should give up just because we are willing to care and love others no matter the heartache we endure on a journey together or separately.”

Life is one long journey and we must make each memory with our loved ones count because tomorrow is never promised. Writing as a coping mechanism helps us relieve the anguish we encounter every step of the way. Through God’s grace and blessings, he will ensure we stand with our loved ones until we are called to go home with them and rejoice in the spacious sky above the ground with everlasting love, laughter and tears of joy.

As a blogger, the emotions we write with our personal stories activates our creative side starting on the right hemisphere of the brain and the creativity begins to flow. Meaning that we are able to write with passion when we become overemotional over someone who we care about the most.

Revision of “Touring the Bell Witch Cave” Post:

Revision from: Touring the Bell Witch Cave

“As a Tennessean native, it was a great experience to visit the historical yet infamous Bell Witch cave for the first time.
Along with me were my mother and grandfather. The wind blew a slight breeze but the sunshine and brightness made it more interesting as we were arriving in Adams.

Inside the cave, we discovered an empty burial grave that belonged to a young Native American girl who has been deceased for 300 to 400 years. One night several years back, a woman decided to place her remains inside the cave where she can rest in peace. Unfortunately, a trespasser broke inside the cave and stole her remains which have not been found to this day.

As the tourists were standing near the rock formation, I stood underneath the area where John Bell’s sons got stuck and freed from an unknown force. My mom and grandfather turned in many directions looking for me and I waved my arms across as they stared directly at me. They did not see me so I walked towards them and they jumped by surprise.

We went to the cabin tour and the experience was phenomenal to view how structured the house looked from that time period. It was an experience to never forget. “

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 4

The group split into two and drove to various locations in Adams to interview locals about the Bell Witch, her existence and unknown information in regards to the taunted Bell family.

Diana, Joseph and John drove to fancy restaurants and the canoe rental in Adams about the historical significance of the Bell family and how the legend carries out to this day. Meanwhile, Anita, Rae and Arnold visit local motels and speak with guests and employees to find out what they witnessed while staying in Adams for a short amount of time.

They arrive at a hotel called “Presence Among These Halls.” The group of three order a meal of steak, shrimp and pasta. As they are awaiting for their food arrival, they begin interviewing guests about their experiences at the hotel and visit to the Bell Witch cave.

Janet, a guest at the hotel shared “I went inside the cave with my husband and it was a daunting experience. There was a narrow path with a wishing well where visitors dropped change in there and soon we see an empty Indian grave. It was small enough for a child to be buried there but the remains vanished for quite some time. The tourist told us about a rock on the wall that had the shape of a witches face. When I walked back to the empty grave in the cave, my husband came looking for me and couldn’t find me. I hollered and told him that I am standing next to him but he didn’t hear nor see me. It was strange and from that point forward, I did not want to go back. Some strange phenomena blocked out the sound of my voice. An unknown presence, that is.”

Meanwhile at the restaurant “Laid Back,” the other students interviewed an elderly lady named Joan who was born and raised in Adams. She brought up to them that she and her kids went to the cave several years back when they were under different owners. As she was purchasing tickets, her kids vanished without a trace. She panicked and thought they hid behind the house where it once stood. “My kids took off without letting me know. I screamed for minutes until they ran with a petrified expression on their faces. The wind blew the grass so hard and the clouds turned dark we left the grounds immediately. The kids wanted me to drive to the cemetery but I told them no and sped away for good riddance. I will no longer partake in that paranormal phenomena and stay away from that area as much as possible.”

How to Create A Yearbook Page Layout on Photoshop:

  1. File–>New–>Blank File–>Photo
  2. Create new layers for typing, photo paste to which sizes have to be reduced to fit the layout and create/colorize background purposes only.
  3. To copy and paste a photo, use the Rectangular Marquees Tool.
  4. 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.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 3

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.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 2

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.

Tips for Aspiring Creative Writers:

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:

  1. Balance your story with drawings/photographs.
  2. Organize your story with many details.
  3. Create a summary to get started.
  4. Determine if the story will be fictional/non-fictional.
  5. Will the story contain a rhythm pattern?
  6. Revise your work until you are ready for publishing.

Examples of these are:

A Beautiful Sunset and its Shining Waters:

While waiting for the love of my life to appear, I sat on the rocks near the lake and gazed into the sunset setting down quietly. The sound was peaceful and the sky looked heavenly divine. The trees surrounding the area stood still until dawn. As the love of my life arrived, I fawned in awe.

How to Write a Movie Report:

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:

  1. What is the book’s story-line?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. Who is the protagonist?
  4. Who is the antagonist?
  5. 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.

The Necessary Steps to Improve as a Blogger:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.