Odd Historical Facts Make Funny Inspirational Posters

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
Someone suggested I tweet historical facts, because my book is an historical mystery. Not a bad idea, I thought. That was until I started digging for said facts. Most are, well, boring. Some are just plain weird. Sure, I could tweet them, but I thought it would be more fun…

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Fruit

  There is fruit on the tree outside and a growing excitement as I wait to taste Lebanon its ripe cherries and apricots, peaches warm and heavy in the hands of my father’s father, their fragrance sweet on the air. I wait until Jido, with his golden cane, presses his way in slippers over crumbs of […]

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The Successful Writer (Writing Prompt)

Originally posted on The Honeyed Quill:
“… you need the room. You need the door, and you need the determination to shut the door. You need a concrete goal, as well. The longer you keep to these basics, the easier the act of writing will become. Don’t wait for the muse. … Your job is…

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Mother Dick: Universal Term for the Everyday Douchebag

Mother Dick, you are a douche. Start using yourself like the tool you are. Start by draping yourself with bath blankets and water proof pads. I hear Egyptian cotton is amazing, make sure you grab those. Next insert your middle finger into your ear. Shove it into your brain. I would suggest anesthesia but, being a Mother Dick, you can’t feel things anyway. Take a deep breath, slow and deep, while gradually inserting that middle finger. Penetrate. Loosen the hardened fecal mass you call a brain. Get that excrement out. And don’t forget the importance of hand hygiene. You can rest at intervals; Egyptian cotton sheets are ready.

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The Docks: Episode 13

Originally posted on The Honeyed Quill:
Miss a web-isode? Click here. In the desert, the sky spread out to blanket the earth. Each star was a dart on the quilt of night. Bria had snuck out here alone. Jana, in the excitement over Elric’s awakening, had a blind spot to Bria. Bria expanded it with…

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My Favorite Books About Writing Nonfiction

Originally posted on Jennifer Keishin Armstrong:
I always love reading about writing. I caution students about spending so much time reading about it that they never actually do it, but these books in particular have been invaluable in shaping my own approaches to writing. Some of them focus on nonfiction specifically, while many are great…

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Knowing Your Voice (and a Writing Prompt)

Originally posted on The Honeyed Quill:
I was recently asked if?we (writers) can change our voice by writing in a different style. I answered by saying, “Your voice is different from your companions’ voices. If you can hear the difference, you can write the difference.” Certainly, you would use a different approach when writing a…

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It’s Okay to Think about Your Hair

My phone rings. I’m brushing my teeth. As I’m reading the text, I feel the acid in my stomach. I cough. Bile comes up. Brushing again. More stomach acid. Vomit in the sink. I remember what I plan to do today: stay as busy as possible, and put this blog post off till I’m inspired, moved, angered. […]

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