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Craving; brings to mind a pregnant sitcom character trying to sit in a chair while devouring ice cream and pickles. Don’t know why. Maybe because craving is TV lingo for, “this character is pregnant.” That’s not my craving. Today I crave a thing that cannot be obtained by a walk to the fridge or drive …

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It is amazing the prompts that spark the most stories. For April 2015 it was “foolish.” I did not expect that. The Stories This story from  876lover tickled me because it is a very different use of the prompt. Almshouse In our bundle, we held the left corner, facing the stage. Excitement flowing from our chatter. …

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I found this blog post by Joe Bunting very useful. Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words. The difference between active and passive voice is difficult for writers to grasp because it is feeling in writing. People tend to speak in passive language because it is considered polite, so we hear it …

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I love this list of story guidelines from story artist Emma Coats at Pixar. I plan to use them. In 2011, story artist Emma Coats tweeted a series of story guidelines gleaned from her work at Pixar. They are little jewels of storytelling wisdom. 1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. …

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It has been another good month for 50-word stories. I received lots of great bite-size stories and several from first-timers.  It was interesting, the most popular prompt was Not Enough Sleep. Did not expect that. The real winners and spoils are the writers who took the challenge and what they learned from it. Each writer …

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Home Is Where the Scrub Brush Is

March 2, 2015

Home is where the heart is, is a popular saying, but as a person who has moved a number of times, I believe the quickest way to feel at “home,” in a new place is to get down on your hands and knees and clean it.

A thorough cleaning. Get out the toothbrush, dish soap, scrubby bubbles, Goo Gone, Magic eraser, Pine-Sol, Pine Tar, Mr.Clean, Lemon Fresh Pledge; whatever you feel is the best cleaning agent for the job. Fire-up the vacuum and do the rugs and furniture. Break out your favorite window cleaner and do them inside and out. Get down on your hands and knees and scrub the floors.

At the end of the day, sit in the middle of the room and pour yourself a whiskey and toast to space, “I am home.” You will be too tired and too buzzed to miss your old routines and old space. And It will smell more like the old one, like your place. Like your home. Continue reading

Here is the next writing prompt. And it is a good one! “Visit a neighborhood you’ve never been to. Pick a random house. What’s the story behind that house and the people who live in it?” If you can do a prompt the same day that is great, if not, no worries commit to doing …

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