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Monday Muse: The Sound

September 15, 2014

“Write about a noise – or a silence – that won’t go away.” – The Pocket Muse * * * She heard footsteps again. She always heard the footsteps. They echoed through her empty room – empty of everything but a blanket in the corner and a bucket for her to shit in. Mackenzie curled up as far from the door as she could. The footsteps got louder and louder until they passed. They never came with voices. It’s like the ghosts were afraid of saying anything because they didn’t want Mackenzie to hear them, and if she heard them, she could suck them into her muddled world and drain the life right out of them. She didn’t know how much time had passed – how many days had gone by without light or sound, other than those goddamned footsteps. She had lost track of everything but those fucking footsteps. She couldn’t even remember the last time she’d had a […]


Monday Muse: The Bathtub Story.

September 8, 2014

Hey guys! First thing’s first, you should definitely check out this awesome piece written by a friend of mine in response to the last Monday Muse. It’s dark, but good. I think you’ll enjoy it! That being said, we’re moving on for today. So, technically, this is a prompt I was inspired to create after reading a piece from the prompt book I have. The passage reads as such: “In Making Shapely Fiction, the witty and wonderful Jerome Stern cautions against writing the “bathtub story.” A bathtub story opens with the protagonist taking a bath (or occupying a similar confined space). During this bath, the protagonist thinks of, ruminates upon, wonders about, and analyzes the past, present, and future, but he never gets out of the bathtub.” In this, they caution against writing a bathtub story, but for the sake of exercise, I think it sounds like a whole lot of fun to keep yourself confined to these kinds of […]


Monday Muse: Pretending

August 25, 2014

Okay, since this is the first Monday Muse, I wanted to give you guys an idea on how these posts will look. After that, anything above my sign-off won’t be in future Monday Muse posts. So! Let’s get started! First, I’ll have the prompt itself as well as the source of the prompt (right now I’m pulling from a book called “The Pocket Muse.”). Next is my own writing sample based on the prompt above. Note, I will spend no more than thirty minutes to an hour on each piece of writing, so many of them are incomplete, and that’s totally okay. When you do your own piece, you can take as little or as much time as you’d like, but I like having flash fiction pieces. Not only does this almost always guarantee they’re short enough for a blog, but then I don’t get burnt out or stressed it it’s not perfect. Remember, this is just a prompt! And […]

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