Prompt 22

“Describe the most recent moment when you couldn’t think of anything to say. Were you having a hard time making conversation, or were you simply dumbfounded?” The funny thing about this prompt is that in an almost inception-like manner, this here is the most recent moment when I couldn’t think of anything to say. This […]

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Prompt 21

Mary and Duncan were the eldest of their generation and, while they were cousins, they spent quite a bit of time together at the big family house on the farm, Maori, when they were children. This was particularly the case during the holidays, when Duncan was back from boarding school in Buenos Aires. Mary was […]

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Prompt 20

“Write a scene in which a woman was fired after only a week on the job. Just a week earlier, the same person who is now firing her was very persuasive in convincing her to take the job” She couldn’t believe it. As she picked up the few things she had accumulated on her desk […]

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Prompt 19

“A storm destroys your uncle’s shed and kills his six-year-old son. Describe the colour of the sky right before the storm hit” When I think about when Danny died, I find myself remembering the sky on that day. We were driving home before the storm hit. My brother was driving, and a Taylor Swift song […]

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Review: Why I chose to re-read Little Women

  Since I read Little Women when I was 13 or so, I have regaled it as my favourite book. Even as I matured and read books that captured me more or had a deeper impact on my emotions, I continued to hold fast to the March sisters and the world Alcott had created for them. More […]

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Prompt 18

  “Describe an electronic device from the future that you won’t know how to operate” Ten to twenty years from now, perhaps even sooner, there will be a device dedicated to picking out your clothes for you. Yes, you read that correctly. Using Artificial Intelligence, it will require input from you through an app, of […]

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Prompt 17

  “Name the trees that stood in the neighbourhood where you grew up” In a neighbourhood I did not live t’was in the farm where I did grow and if in me you dare believe, you’ll hear me tell this, nice and slow.

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Prompt 16

  “Describe something you wanted badly and, once you got it, never used” My mom is a wizard in the kitchen. I know a lot of people say that about their mothers, but I truly, truly mean it. Most, if not all, of my favourite meals are things that she whips up when the family […]

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Prompt 15

  “Describe yourself in the third person – your physical appearance and personality – as though you were a character in a book.” As Ali came into a room, it became evident very quickly that she was a whole lot more than her chair. If you looked a little deeper, you could see that it […]

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Prompt 14

  “Pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object” To my eldest great-granddaughter, To you, dear girl, I want to give the little clock on my mantlepiece that you have always admired. I’ve never told you the story behind […]

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Prompt 13

  “You have just swallowed your pride and done something you didn’t want to do. Your friend wants to know why. The two of you are driving around an almost-full parking garage looking for a space for the friend’s oversized pickup. Write the scene.” Lucas kept glancing over at me as he was driving us […]

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Prompt 12

  “Tell a complete stranger about a family tradition” Now, I’m taking the leap of faith of assuming that there are complete strangers out there who do read these posts…I dedicate this prompt to you. One of our family’s traditions is for our parents to bestow our family signet ring to each child as they […]

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