what shoes mean

Write the story that begins: “We arrive barefoot, and leave shoeless…”

2015-03-14 06.42.11photo: ebszabo


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

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.”



What will yours be?



Consider a major decision in your life, and imagine if you had said ‘no’ instead of ‘yes’ – or ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’.

How would that change your outcome?

Write the letter to yourself, at the moment of turning point, that could have changed your mind.

Then, fictionalize the story – and give yourself a break.

seeing the light

These are paper filament incandescent electric light bulbs, invented by Thomas Edison in the late 19th century.

Edison_incandescent_lights Illumination is produced when an electric current heats the interior wire filament to a high enough temperature to make it glow.

Imagine a love affair that enacts this story of light – the intense heat generated to make love will burn as intensely as it illuminates.

Write the story to the moment when illumination burns. Call the story Edison’s Light.