Today’s exercise: “Your character is a child whose stuffed toy comes equipped with a nanny-cam and primitive AI. One day, the toy decides to take your character’s safety into its own mitten-like hands.” The door slides shut and Maria enters the code to lock it. The young woman turns and says “Well, Tony, what’s the […]

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The Non-Present

Today’s writing exercise: “Someone is transported to a Christmas in a past century.” Talan stood in the chamber tapping his foot. He hated this. He should be capturing criminals, not wasting his time on this nonsense. “Ready to go?” Talan smiles and nods his head vigorously to the technician through the small portal window. This […]

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Broken silence

Alan struggles as he stumbles into the kitchen carrying the large platter of dirty if dishes. Merr doesn’t even look up from the sink full of soapy water and dirty dishes not finished from his previous trip. Alan continues to struggle as he takes the dishes over to the sink. As he nears the sink, […]

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This time last year

A  year ago, I was doing a lot of what I am doing right now. And yet the direction I was going is completely different. Let me explain. Last year, I was a contractor and I took a short term assignment with a large corporation. So I was getting up early every day, doing the […]

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Randall Hall, author, comedian – what could have been

Back in the nineties, I wanted to be a writer. It really hit home for me in college, during my first year in summer school. I had flunked my second semester in college, and they wanted me to take some classes at a junior college to earn my way back in. I signed up for […]

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