Prompt #187

Saul cracked one bloodshot eye open to glare at the dripping tap.

Did You Notice?

Did you notice that I figured out the line break thing and the blog looks neat and tidy again? Can you feel me smiling? But I didn't do it alone. So, I'm giving a giant shout out to Mario who helped me. Thank you Mario! You rock!

Dialogue Prompt

Use this line of dialogue in a short story. It can be the first line, the last line, or any line in between.

"I was joking! I didn't mean for you to actually do it."


"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." ~ Richard Bach

Edgy and Dangerous You

Sometimes it happens that you are writing a story about a man and his dog and suddenly (or so it feels) the story takes a sharp turn to the left and it is now about a bank robbery gone wrong. That is okay. Not everything has to go according to plan (actually, very little goes according to plan in my life, let alone in my writing). Go with it. See where the writing takes you. It may be that you started out with a rather safe story you thought your writing group would love and now you have a story that you feel is so edgy and dangerous you should hide it under your bed. Great! Your writing should be a little dangerous at times. It should wake you up to the possiblities in the world. It should wake you up to the possibilities within you.


"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows." ~ Michael Landon

Prompt #184

Use this as the first line of a short story: It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

Dialogue Exercise

Use the following line of dialogue in a short story. It can be the first line, the last line or any line in between. “It’s this way.”

Warning: Rant Follows

I've got to tell you (well, I don't actually, but I'm going to) that I am frustrated with the new Blogger format. For some reason it will not allow me to make line breaks the way I want to, which is why my post have looked different recently. My words are bunched up together. They're huddled together like scared children. My posts look - dare I say it? - well, they look ugly. I apologize. I know my blog is suddenly as awkward as a teenager with a bad perm, but I am trying to fix it. (Note- This is exactly what I am talking about. I wrote this as three paragraghs but Blogger has lumped it together as one clunky paragragh. Does anyone know how to fix this?)

Prompt #183

Use this as the first line of a short story: Only a fool would have said no.