Ceiling ninjas


I write YA fiction.

I work with teenagers, creative teenagers. Teenagers who write. Quirky journalists who spend as much time as I do, wondering “what if.”

Sometimes my quirky journalists experiment with “what if” to see what might happen. That’s when things get ugly.

Take today, for instance.

I was working diligently, trying to get files ready  for the second issue of our newspaper. I sit behind a monitor, a really big monitor. Sometimes when I’m involved in a tedious graphics project, I don’t always see what happens on the other side.

Imagine me sitting on the other side.

How could this possibly have happened right under my nose?

Of course, weird things always happen in our room.

We have ceiling ninjas.

Ceiling Ninja Entrance Only

We don’t see them, but we know they’re there. They come down out of the ceiling and attack.

You don’t want to know what happened to the last guy. I think he missed a deadline. The ninjas aren’t happy when one of the staff members misses a deadline.

I found this in my room today.

If the ceiling ninjas don’t get the slackers, the mob will. Nikoli and Olga are harsh. They might just send out reinforcement. You have to watch out for the men in black.

The quiet ones are the ones you have to watch out for.

And some of their minions are experts in the martial arts. Her hands, for example, are registered as lethal weapons.

Highly skill assassin

You may not know this, but Room 38 is often referred to as The Asylum. I don’t know why. I guess we just see the world a little differently than do most other folks.

We don't see the world the way others do.

We have signs posted to warn visitors.

At least we do have some guidelines.

Although it may seem a little chaotic on most days, we take our jobs seriously, and we work hard. We’re a team. And we love one another. Most of the time.

Happiness is living life on The Edge.

Every staff member is a team player, and we specialize in different jobs. Most, however, wear many hats.

Big hats

Small hats

Ethan's hat

Some of us should stay away from hats.


Above all, we work hard to develop our investigative skills. We notice even the smallest details. Oh my, it seems one of my staff members swiped my camera at El Manantial’s and took a random picture.


I write YA fiction.

I work with teens—quirky, creative teens.

They are my world.

They are the reason why I write.

2010-2011 EDGE Staff


38 thoughts on “Ceiling ninjas

  1. Oh my oh my! Ashleigh and I are such good room decorators! Baha! You love me right? Right? How I wished you hadn’t noticed your screen move when I placed the last piece of caution tape. I felt like I got caught by mom doing something bad. Well, you kind of are my mom at school. Perhaps that is why I felt that bit of remorse. You should know October is my favorite month. For three years I have sat back and done nothing. Not created such havoc. Beware, Teresa Lockhart. BEWARE.

    P.S. Always know we do things we do to your classroom out of love! And to see your reaction. We enjoy that a lot actually 🙂

  2. Oh, do I love this! 😀 I have never done anything mischievious until now, so prepare yourself for what’s ahead. West and I have already talked about what’s in store for you next. 😉 We will make a great time, I tell you. We only do this because we love you though!

  3. Awh! Your one of the reasons I write. I do mean that quite literally…Haha! Since you are my adviser and all. I love you too! You’re one of the reasons I want to be the coolest (after you, of course) journalism advisers when I get older. I can’t wait to work with nutty children!:)

  4. Lol I love the staff and all there weird but super amaisinly creative minds 🙂 note: not sure if amaisinly is spelled right but ohh well lol. i agree emily the Like button is very nessary 😀

      • is there really a LIKE button cause i dont sees it? hmmm may be mrs. lockhart is seeing things indeed lol 🙂

        lol i figured amaisinly was orginal haha (:

      • Megan, I just hit the like button. Only, I don’t know what the like button mean.s I have a star on my control that says I like this. Well.

        I guess I like this.

  5. I wasn’t behind it, but I may have played a part in hiding the warning labels on the cubbies. I laughed through the whole class period! I was shocked that you didn’t notice it! That just made it so much more funny! But you know we just do it out of love. 🙂

  6. “Oh, you make me smile.” 😛 Came into my head when I read the last post. I’m hiding my face in some of those pictures (kind of like a Sherlock Holmes). I must admit I really wish I was there today to do that. I hope you got the door, too. I can just picture the reactions of people as they pass by…

    Some how I am going to make through this week (it’s going to be long…I can already tell). Next week, I golf for two days and have one day of class!! Then, fall break on Thursday through Sunday!!

    **Update: Leviticus and Hebrews (I also joined FCA here at MMC. I really like it. 🙂 )

  7. I am so glad you joined FCA. I’m glad things are going well for you. Last week was rough for me. I have had so much to do that I haven’t had much sleep. I am so looking forward to the weekend. 🙂 Hopefully, I will catch up this week.

  8. I saw catch up and thought ketsup and mustard…maybe I should go to bed. Just think 4 more days until weekend, 3 more days until weekend, etc. The week will go by somewhat faster that way. Or it seems like it does.

  9. LOVE the bell witch blog! I remember being terrified that if i looked in the mirror, said “I don’t believe in the bell witch” 3 times, and stuck my tongue out, that she would cut it off!! I was so afraid one night, that my mom made me do it to prove that there was no witch in my mirror in my bedroom! 🙂

    • Oh, Gwen, oh no! I remember kids doing that too. TODAY I can’t go into a bathroom with the lights out without having that creepy feeling. And look in the mirror? Oh no, no, no. If I did see something, even my own reflection, well, that would be it. I’d pass out.

    • Sarah, that is EXACTLY what I’m talking about–making good memories. There are so many sad, sad things that happen to us and the people we love. But don’t you just cling to those things that make you smile and even giggle. We must make more good memories!

  10. Loved this post and the pictures. I remember this day, and so many others like it. And the ceiling ninjas. Lord knows they’re always there. Watching. Waiting. To strike. Whether for good or evil….I’m not sure yet. lol

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