I feel the earth move

That’s tectonics. Or else love.

chip-computer-partPaolo Neo

Technology has caused a revolution in our relationship with the earth (not great news), and with each other (also not great news).

computer-inside_w725_h544 Luke

Thanks to advanced technology we can meet, fall in love, misinterpret, over-interpret, fall out of love, break up, and get a divorce, by tapping on a keyboard.

Writing prompt: Write this love story: Textonics: A Love Story, using only email, online chat, texts, twitter and snapchat.



quality time

Once there was a time, before VCRs or OnDemand,when families had to plan their quality television time around network schedules.


This meant rushing home for St.Elsewhere or Hill Street Blues, or Cheers; enduring advertisements, or developing excellent timing for snack breaks that took no longer than ‘a word from our sponsors’.

There were no remotes, which meant getting up to turn the dials for volume or channel changes.

Also, no answering the telephone (land lines with cords, tethered to phone outlets), often in a different room, no answering machines, no cell phones, no voice mails, no texting, and no ‘streaming’ to catch lost episodes. You had to wait for reruns.

120px-Family_watching_television_1958 Evert F. Baumgardner

Writing Prompt: Write the experience of watching television through the lens of this family. What are they watching? What happens when the phone rings? Who won’t stop talking when the ads are over and the show is back on? Experiment with dialogue as a tool for evoking tension and disagreement.


Words make us

This begins when we are conceived, born, and named.

And thereafter, every word we hear, overhear, read, think, and write, defines us.

Ugly. The root, ugga, means to fear. First known use: 13th century.

This means that for centuries the word ugly has not only defined us, it has birthed, named, and reinforced our fears.

Words are powerful. Remember that when you write. Our words not only define and refine our fears, they create, influence, introduce, and reinforce ugly.

From now on, when you think, or hear, or read ugly, ask what the fear is.

embed fiction in fact

Select a random location on any map.


Familiarize yourself with the area, using travel guides, local news, and other resources. Then select a headline and fictionalize the story. Write with authority, using specific details, as you create the setting, then populate, and animate.

The more you know, the easier it will be to embed fiction in fact.