On Writing

Write Fiction with a Story Prompt

I am a big fan of story prompts whether they consist of a word, a sentence, an idea, or a photo. The story prompt serves as a launch pad for creativity and it prompts the writer to see inward, consider possibilities, and think how the reader will respond. On Steemit, the #freewrite group of writers tackles a daily story prompt provided by @mariannewest. Nearly 250 writers participate by writing whatever comes to mind in five minutes. Some…

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Scribbles

A Day of Rest

Day 131: 5 Minute Freewrite: Tuesday – Prompt: solitude Prompt by @mariannewest. Words by @wordymouth. She walked passing only a few other couples on their way down. She smiled, waved, and appropriately nodded. Not too bad for a Tuesday. There could be more people on the trail. In the canopy, the limbs bustled together in a shallow breeze. At her level, the ground, rocks, and ferns stayed perfectly still. Everything was so green. She listened for…

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Conversations

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

A Conversation “I took off work to be here.” “But the parties settled Friday.” “Its Monday. Why didn’t you call me?” “Did you get a text?” “No.” “Did you get an email?” “No.” “Did you call the system?” “Yes.” “Well, then you should have known we didn’t need you for jury duty.” “I only got a busy signal.” “So?” “You realize you’re phone system was broken all weekend?” “Yes, we’re working on that.”    …

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My Craft

The Pot of Gold

After months of snow, the thaw arrived as if the weather knew we needed to leave the house. The ice melted into the creek adding riffles around the boulders and the fallen log. The spring rains added puddles in the field of melting snow. Clouds rolled over the pines and sunlight refracted in the ice. Steam rose up from the meadow. The air outside made my arms shiver. Yet, I left my coat inside. It felt…

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Scribbles

I Wonder

At the moment, only my light switch in the bathroom comes to mind. Did I turn it off? Which leads me to think about Switch, a super secret data farm in the desert hosting all the knowledge saved by some of the biggest data companies in the world. So big, Switch needs its own power grid. Which leads my back to the light switch. Boy, I hope I turned that off. However, it powers LED lights so the…

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Conversations

The Secret Behind Rap Music

“I think Rap music contains a secret message.” “Like, subliminal talk?” “The rhymes and beats loop around and around.” “The message strikes at injustice.” “It seems too easy.” “It’s protest music for this generation.” “Mine would repeat ‘a-hundred-dollar’ over and over again.” “Seems kind of shallow.” “Money in the bank, baby. Money in the bank.” Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings You May Like What We Have Here is a Failure to…

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My Craft

A Cure for Diabetes

Thomas reached for the honey and then the cinnamon. Mary claimed combining the two would result in a diabetes cure. Anything to keep Mary happy. His scores slowly climbed up the scale based on the four recent blood tests. It almost became a given: his sugar scores would go up and he would be that much closer to taking insulin. Oh, his kidneys now excreted protein. When does this disease take over and I can…

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On Writing

My Typewriter Affection

In the fourth grade I received an old manual typewriter. I immediately put out a family newspaper and charged my sisters 5-cents to read it. They loved me and bought my daily scribblings until mom told them to stop it. I then just gave them copies. We never had hamster cages, so I always assumed they read them and probably tossed them (recycling wasn’t a thing when we were kids). My early writings are probably…

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