Writer-y Exercise

*It’s always good to flex those writer-y muscles, so from time-to-time I will be using prompts or my Brainstormer app to goof off. Sometimes I'll actually post what I come up with! Today I'm going to try using my new NaNoWriMo poster for a jumping off point. I'm participating for I think the fourth time this year? Any of you NaNo folks? If you haven't heard that quirky term before, it's National Novel Writing Month, which takes place annually in November. It's a great way to connect with community and cheer each other on to hit that 50,000 word goal! I've "won" twice, but usually I get in that many words on a document and it takes me a little finagling on the other end to finish. This year I'm going to work on three separate projects and hope they surpass 50k.

Anyway, here's my take on this here prompt:

Dear Alien Peoples behind my house,

You don't know me, my name is Sandra, and I live on Earth in a land called Caliafornia. I have a little brother (do you know what brothers are? they're pains in the butt, that's what they are) and a dog and two cats. I used to have a pet rat named Rex, but he died. That's when something stops breathing and your mommy and daddy tell you it's gone to heaven, but I know he's just rotting in a garbage dump somewhere. I don't know for reals what happens when we die, but I don't think pet rats get buried in a cemetery like peoples do, like my great grandparents. Maybe he got creamed. Like when they burn you up in a fireplace and you turn into ashes. Maybe that's what happened. I go to first grade at my school. Mommy says I'm not supposed to tell strangers the name of my school, though, so that's all you get.

I know you don't know me, but I hear you sometimes when I'm outside playing. Mommy tells me it's just the freeway sounds on the other side of the wall behind our house, but I know better. I hear all kinds of things back there. Like the time I heard the drunk guys throwing up in the bushes next door. That was funny. They kept on saying I love you to each other. Anyway I thought if I hear you then maybe you would hear me if I wrote you this letter and read it to you, so here it goes.

Last night on TV there was a show about you and it said that when you alien people come to earth there's usually big scary ships and explosions and stuff and that's scary to me. And I used to think that you alien people were nice like in the movie Home that I watched at my school that I won't tell you its name. But then I thought about it some more and I wonder if really you are bad alien people. Like maybe you are making the fires and the hurricanes that are hurting people and taking away their houses. Is that what kind of alien people you are? Cause if so, I would like to ask you very nicely to please stop it. It's scary to me and it makes my mommy cry when Daddy has to go put out those fires. I don't want my mommy to cry or my daddy to hurt, so if you are making these bad things happen, then please knock it off. It's not very nice. If it's not you, maybe you could come in your big ships and help the firemens put out the fires so my daddy will come home safe.

Thank you for listening to my letter.

Sincererly

Sandra J. Bonilla

p.s. If you are listening, could you not make that scary noise at night neither? I looked outside my window when I heard it and saw all your lights on and I couldn't go back to sleep for a long time. Whatever you are doing at night, please stop. Human peoples need to sleep, don't ya know? Be noisy at another time. Thank you.

*TRANSLATED TRANSMISSION*

CAPTAIN, WE HAVE INTERCEPTED A MESSAGE FROM A YOUNG EARTHLING. SHE SEEMS TO THINK WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CERTAIN NATURAL DISASTERS OCCURRING NEAR HER PLACE OF RESIDENCE. PERHAPS IT WOULD BE A GESTURE OF GOOD WILL IF WE WERE TO INTERVENE WITH OUR PLANETARY AQUATIC TRANSFER DEVICE AND ASSIST WITH REMOVAL OF FLOOD WATERS FROM THE SOUTH AND SEE THAT THE FIRES ARE EXTINGUISHED. LIEUTENANT 4ER5EN

*TRANSLATED RESPONSE*

LIEUTENANT, I APPROVE OF YOUR PROPOSAL AND URGE YOU TO ACT QUICKLY. WE SHALL PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF EARTH IN HOPES THAT IN THE FUTURE THEY WILL BE SMARTER WITH THEIR CHOICES AND WE WILL NO LONGER NEED TO INTERVENE TO KEEP THEM FROM CERTAIN DESTRUCTION. AND NEXT TIME YOU AND YOUR PARTNER FEEL IT NECESSARY TO IMBIBE EARTHLY BEVERAGES, USE DISCRETION WITH YOUR ACTIONS. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY FURTHER OF LIQUID EVACUATIONS IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATIONS WHERE SMALL CHILDREN CAN HEAR YOU. CAPTAIN 1SOM7INJEN

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