Meet the Characters!

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It’s not long now until DisPLACEd:Episode One (Part Two) is published on our official Wattpad page – https://www.wattpad.com/user/DisPLACEd-story, so to celebrate, we are releasing our character illustrations. Check them out through the link above, or on the official website – displacedstory.wordpress.com.

DisPLACEd: THE STORY

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Yes everyone, it’s finally that time!

With the release of the first instalment – or episode for you TV fans – of the revolutionary collaborative short story series DisPLACEd coming closer by the day, we have decided to release a teaser synopsis.

Follow the link, and let us know what you think (lol rhyming).

https://displacedstory.wordpress.com/the-story/

DisPLACEd, Merlin, and a wedding, OH MY!

Hey everyone!

So we’re over half-way through 2016 and I have a few updates for you.

1. DisPLACEd

Hey everyone!
We’re sure you’ve noticed it’s July and the first instalment of DisPLACEd has yet to be uploaded.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had a bit of a set back in getting you the first finished product, but have no fear, it’ll just be a short postponement.
To tide you over, we’re releasing the synopsis, writer’s bios, and MUCH MORE very soon. Enjoy!
https://displacedstory.wordpress.com.

2. Merlin

Chapter 2 of my Merlin: Aithusa episode novelisation has now been published. You can find it here – https://www.wattpad.com/story/78334108-merlin-aithusa.

3. WEDDING!

No I am not getting married (unless Colin Morgan would like to step forward and propose!). My beautiful sister is marrying her Prince Charming. For the next few weeks there may not be too many website updates.

All in all, I hope you enjoy the DisPLACEd updates and reading Merlin: Aithusa!

DisPLACEd

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Hey everyone. I know I’ve been silent, but there has been very good reason.

While I may not be able to write here anymore (or as often), I would love for you all to check out my new project. Along with two of my very best friends, we have created a revolutionary collaborative short story series.

You can find our website here: DisPLACEd.

Make sure to check it out and subscribe to thelinked website so you can get straight-to-email updates. More info will be added over the next few months.

Premiere is in July 2016.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.

DAY 4. Share a Christmas story or write one of your own.

I thought I would share a little rhyming Christmas poem I wrote a few years ago, inspired by an awesome sci-fi show called Stargate:Atlantis.

*Please Note* This is not a poem for children!
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Christmas Eve in Atlantis

by Michelle Sommerville

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And Atlantis was beaming;

People tucked into their beds,

All peaceful and dreaming.

The stockings were hung by the Stargate with care,

SGA-1 storming a secret Wraith lair;

Weir still on base, holding the fort,

‘Can Santa find us’, not a far away thought.

The Stargate whirs and the lights turn on,

Like a Christmas star, it brightly shone;

The team runs through with only moments to spare,

Waiting for Santa becoming their only true care.

Tucking into bed, putting head on pillow,

Pretending to be asleep, Santa creeps in a window;

Ronon and Teyla unaware of Saint Nick,

What happened next, just too damn quick.

Thinking an intruder, or possibly Wraith,

If only they’d believed and had a little faith;

Nick’s neck was snapped, and ripped right off,

Ronon’s gun shooting poor little Rudolph.

The blood sprayed everywhere, coating the walls,

No time this year, for decking the halls;

The city awoke with a shot and a cry,

In time to see, ‘rest of the reindeers fly.

Ronon and Teyla imprisoned by decree,

Should they be hung up high on the Christmas tree?

With them now dead and their presents now alone,

Should their presents go back to the Arctic Zone?

With no other way in mind, Sheppard came through,

And took home their gifts, all shiny and new;

With the day almost over and the people tuckered out,

‘Could Christmas even continue?’ McKay thought in horrible doubt.

As sudden as anything, amazingly taking place,

Jolly Saint Nick reborn, for the old one he’d replace;

With a shout as he left, forgivingly he did recite,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

Hope you enjoyed!

Have you got a favourite Christmas story, or have you written your own?Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: Shut that Negative Noise Off, Momentary Lapse of Sanity, and Gotta Find a Home.

The Birth of Jesus – Year 5 scripture lesson

*UPDATE – the lesson went great; much better than I expected. The jigsaw puzzles were a big hit, and even got some of the more-troubling kids eager to work.*

I wrote about my Year 1 and 2 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson (here), so here is my Year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson.

For this lesson, I was wracking my brain to figure out a way to make it engaging and entertaining. With the end of the year coming closer, the kids are harder to control. I also wanted them to always remember having fun learning about Jesus – and the Christmas story is one of the most important (in my opinion the Easter story is the most important).

After finding a brilliant age-appropriate book called Bible Stories for Children (I wrote about it here), I have decided to read it to the kids, after getting them to complete puzzles that reveal pictures that will help us tell the story.

Here it is.


Good afternoon everyone.

Today we’re going to do things a little differently. You’re going to work in a few groups to work out some jigsaw puzzles, and we’re going to use the pictures to help us tell a story.

Hand out jigsaw puzzles.

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Great, so we’ve got all these pictures. I’m sure most of you already know what today’s lesson is going to be about.

Q. Who can tell me what special day is coming up? We celebrate it every year, near the end of December? Christmas

Today we’ll be hearing the story of the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and we’ll be using these pictures (indicate completed jigsaws) to help us.

*Read the book/story while pointing to appropriate puzzle pictures*

CONCLUDING PRAYER: Dear God, // Thank you for sending Jesus. // Help us in these last few weeks. // Amen.

Activity sheet –

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Christian books haul!

After a painful and costly trip to the dentist, I decided to enjoy a trip to the closest shopping centre. Much to my surprise, one of the discount book stores had some Christian Christmas books for sale – even displayed out the front!

As a volunteer primary school scripture teacher, having books like these will not only be great to read to he kids, but also help me to learn how to condense the important Bible stories in language they will understand.

Here are the books I got:

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6x illustrated short Bible stories –

Daniel and the Lions, Joseph’s Colourful Coat, Jonah and the Big Fish, The Miracles of Jesus, The Easter Story, David and Goliath.

These are very easy for kids to understand, and the illustrations are just darling. They were $6 each.

1x Bible Stories for Children

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It might not look it, but this is a MASSIVE book (height-wise). The stories are a bit more advanced in language, but the illustrations are amazing. I am actually planning on using this book for my year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture class. (Click here to check out this lesson).

This was $27.95 down to $9.99.

1x Children’s Picture Bible (Old and New Testament stories retold)

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This is a very comprehensive book. It includes illustrations to help the kids understand better, and includes both Old and New Testament stories.

This was $20.

4x Christmas stories –

A Christmas Carol, The First Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Each one of these is a classic. They are short stories, and are small enough that you can bring all of them on your Christmas holiday.

They tell the story in clear language, and I used The First Christmas in my Year 1 scripture class today (lesson found here).

This bundle was $20 for all four.

So that’s my haul, and I am really pleased regular stores still sell Christian books.
Let me know what you have found.