Writers of the Round Table Logo

How cool is this?!


Hey Writers!

I present to you the unofficial logo for the Writers of the Round Table.  Shoutout to Megan N – she came up with the design.

Megan N's Original Design Original Design by Megan North

Digitalized Version by Megan Yoshioka

Original design posted with the permission of Megan North.  Copyright © Megan Yoshioka 2018

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|| np3 || Sing the Distance Away (with Reigha!)

My students’ creativity is so inspiring!

Lyres to Liars


I was playing around with my music production software, and realized I have the tools I need to play all the instruments in a band.  I immediately started thinking about my semester project for Creative Writing, and how in the beginning of the year, we were playing with the idea of musical collaborations…

Because we’re all part of an online school, the concept of long-distance friendships arose.  My fellow classmate Reigha and I decided to ask our wonderful teacher if we could throw our efforts together into a full song during break, complete with the instrumental recording.  The following is the result–Reigha did the vocals (her voice is amazing!) and I created the instrumental half.  As for lyrics, that was a joint effort–we both wanted credit for the writing part, hehe.

Here’s to those long distance friends, sunrises during sunsets, and “forever.”

Sing the Distance Away

Reigha Allen and Mark…

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Panagram: If the Writer’s of the Round Table Met in a Classroom

Fun Pangram Story abt CW S1 2018…

The Living Arrows


I really enjoyed making this Panagram about our class. It did take a bit thesaurus checks and word changes, but I loved imagining the scene of our class meeting together in classroom. Enjoy!

A cacophony of voices vibrated through the halls as a group of students walked into their first class. Books clattered onto shiny, polished desks and pens spilled from their bursting pencil cases adding to raucous in the room. Carefully choosing a window seat, Morgan gazed over the faces of her sixteen other classmates. Destiny, already seated, set out to organize her cluttered papers with a determined look. Every student glanced in amazement at their classroom as they slid into their seats. For the first time, the Creative Writing class had gathered in a physical classroom to share their novels, ideas and to learn from Ms. Gaines. Genevieve could hardly contain her excitement as she chattered with Grace…

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Interview in Clay Mag

This week, I was honored to be interviewed by Aina Do in Clay Magazine for The Potter’s School!

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January 2018


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The Wrong Angle

Check out this awesome post!

Many Worn Words

A few years ago, I attended one of the few weddings of my recent memory at our church. I was particularly excited to be there, as it was my youth leader being married. On the big day, suits were cleaned, ties were tied (thanks, YouTube), shoes were laced, and we were on our way.

We arrived in plenty of time to help out and aid in the wedding setup. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we had set up a video camera with a live feed to a projector screen in another room. That way, if the main room filled, any other people could still witness the wedding. Technical issues aside, we soon had our setup complete, and were pleased with the result.

I eventually decided to stay back in the extra room, in order to be available in case any issues arose. Much to our delight…

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J12: Mysteries

J12: Has there ever been a mystery in your life that you couldn’t solve that still remains a mystery? Or is a there a mystery of the universe (Is there life on Mars?) or world history (Was Shakespeare the sole author of his plays?) or current events (Did Russia interfere in the 2016 US Presidential elections?) or a conspiracy theory (Was 9/11 an inside job?) that you would particularly love to know the answer to? Or do you have an interesting “mystery/mystery solved” story to share? Tell us! 250-500 words.

This is a brand new assignment! I will use one of your stories as an example for next year. 🙂


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CW12: Whodunit?

CW12: The Mystery Mansion. Write a mystery involving these characters: a butler, a gardener, a cook, and a detective. Your story should end with the detective making an arrest. Leave it for the reader to guess WHO is guilty of the crime and HOW they did it. 800-1,500 words. Add to blog and submit for a grade. Test Your Awareness: Whodunnit?

RULES for Mystery Writing
– This can be funny and playful (Cozy Mystery) or more serious and dramatic (Crime Fiction)
– Start with the crime reveal and then get to solving it; it could be murder, kidnapping, theft, etc
– Avoid naming the characters, just call them by their titles.
– Layer your clues carefully. While certain details might seem random at first, it should all make sense at the end.
– Play with symbolism, clues, and foreshadowing in clever and unexpected ways
– Consider “red herrings” carefully
– Avoid adding additional characters; a pet or other “walk-on” character is fine
– Create a “cliffhanger” ending that to allows your reader to guess what happened. Leave the resolution in a footnote to explain everything.

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This is a NEW assignment. One of YOURS will be the example for the next group. Give me something good! 🙂


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