advice recycled

Join these three women who think they are who they are not.

One of them is relaying what she learned over the phone from the woman ‘Giving Advice‘in the previous post.

Illuminate the story, relying purely on dialogue, showing how the original advice is recycled.

SLNSW_10493_Two_actresses_and_a_showgirl_talking photo: Sam Hood


on giving advice


‘All advice is autobiographical’ Austin Kleon 

This woman is about to give advice that will unintentionally reveal who she really is. Write her life story as it becomes evident in this phone call.

473px-Woman_talking_on_the_phone photo: Bill Branson

all askew

Einstein was so much more than what they taught in school.

His theory of relativity articulated a fundamental link between space and time –  the 4 dimensional space-time continuum, having three space dimensions: up/down, left/right, forward/backward, and 1 time dimension.

Though I still don’t understand him, I am enchanted.



“Lights All Askew in the Heavens”, write a 200 word story, based on this New York Times revelation from November 10, 1919.


If We Burn

gorgeous writing, powerful restraint

O at the Edges


If We Burn

What flares instead to replace our
privileged nights? And which

assemblage of words could reorder these
deaths into comprehension,

change I can’t breathe from epitaph
to actuated plea for help?

Are words ever enough?
Can we stack our indifference and fear

into a mile-high pyre, and torching it
watch them rise to nothingness,

disappearing through the clouds
into the streaming light of cold, dark stars?

Raise your hands and sing. Blow softly
upon the ember. Inhale and recall.

Do you still feel? Will you breathe?
Every fire needs oxygen.

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Bridge of Sighs

This enclosed bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo in Italy, connecting the interrogation rooms to the Prigioni Nuove, the New Prison. It was named Bridge of Sighs by Lord Byron in the 19th century, because the view through stone grills was the last convicts saw of Venice before their imprisonment.

The_Bridge_of_Sighs,_Venice,_Italy-LCCN2001700996 Photochrom Print Collection

Where is your Bridge of Sighs?


from ruins

This is the front door of the Dalmore House in Scotland, completed in 1881, deemed uninhabitable in the early 1960s, and destroyed by fire in April 1969.


Life is short, and we are transient.

Walk through these doors and discover who lived here, retrieve their stories, reveal who they were by what they believed and what they built. Begin with: “In ruins we find out what was impossible after all.”