Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 1 of 2)

The passage below is the first half of a short story that came to mind a few days ago. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s stories of their own experiences with the supernatural and the reactions others have upon hearing these tales that seem to defy rational explanation. I’m not usually one who enjoys talkingContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 1 of 2)”

Writing Exercise: The Last Plant in the Neighborhood

This snippet was written from another prompt I gleaned off the Poets and Writers: “The Time is Now” list. The prompt I used was: “The Humboldt Glacier, located high in the Andes mountain range in Venezuela, is the country’s last glacier. Glaciers are disappearing around the world due to climate change, which has also beenContinue reading “Writing Exercise: The Last Plant in the Neighborhood”

Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel

Can objects haunt us? I considered this question today when responding to a writing prompt. The answer I came up with turned into the beginning of a science fiction story, which you will find a little further below. The prompt comes from the Shut Up and Write group, an international writing community that is (despite the harsh name) a friendlyContinue reading “Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel”

Writing Exercise: Mirrors

Prompt “In her New York Times essay “The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?,” Parul Sehgal writes about how ghost stories throughout American literature have functioned as social critique, manifestations of protest and redress that reveal “cultural fears and fantasies,” and which understand “how strenuously we run from the past, but always expect it to catchContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Mirrors”

Writing Exercise: Book of Lists

Today’s blog post is my response to a writing prompt from the site Reedsy. In the past, I have entered their weekly contest and while I’ve never won that $50 cash prize, I have produced a few short stories based on the prompts. This afternoon, I decided to give one a try not as aContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Book of Lists”