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  • Release Week, Excerpt, and February Writing Prompts

    It’s release week! This Friday (Feb. 23rd), The Dry Rain by Alex Westhaven will finally be available in digital format. The print version may take a little longer, but it’s coming soon as well. Here’s the blurb: The earth has a bug problem – one large enough to potentially threaten humanity. But in the small…

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  • Weekly Prompt Prose: Phone Bump

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: Someone is reading a book on their phone while walking on a city street. They bump into someone who is less than sympathetic…at least at first. How does the meeting end? Phone Bump by Jamie DeBree Abby glanced up briefly, her true attention still on the small screen in her…

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  • Weekly Prompt Stories: A Scrap, a Shirt, & a Shirtless Man

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: Let’s solve a mystery. While walking down the street, your character finds: a scrap of fabric stuck in a rose bush, a torn shirt in the gutter ten yards away, and a shirtless man lying on a lawn several houses down the block. What happened? They Never Listen by Carol…

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  • Weekly Prompt Stories: The Fortune & All in the Cards

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: A character went to get his/her fortune read six years ago. Today, that fortune is coming true in the most unexpected way. Tell us about it… The Fortune by Jamie DeBree In six years exactly, love will find you. Mandy looked out at the sunrise reflected in the still lake…

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  • Weekly Prose Prompt Stories: Monkey Shines

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: Someone figures out how to beat the carnival games and wins a big stuffed monkey. He/she gives it to a stranger – what happens? Monkey Shines by  Carol R. Ward “You can’t keep that,” Irene protested. She stopped in her tracks as they headed away from the game. “Why not?…

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  • Weekly Prose Prompt Stories: Metamorphosis

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week: Write about some sort of metamorphosis, what triggered it and whether the outcome was expected or not.  Metamorphosis by Jamie DeBree They’re all staring. This was a really bad idea. Mary Coulter adjusted the strap of her new leather satchel for the one-hundredth time on her shoulder and kept walking,…

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  • Weekly Prose Prompt: Meeting a Dragon

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week:  Someone who’s never seen a dragon before is just seeing one for the first time. What do they see? Feel? Hear? What happens to them after (do they run, stay, escape, get eaten)? An Unconventional Arrangement by Carol R. Ward Princess Noreen was putting away her clean laundry when she…

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  • Of Grasshoppers & Spats in the Park

    Poetry Prompt of the Week: Write a poem about a grasshopper/grasshoppers. Prose Writing Prompt of the Week:  A fight breaks out at a picnic in the park. Passing by when it happens are a woman jogging with a stroller, a man with ear buds connected to his cell having a loud discussion with someone, and a teen…

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  • “Fireworks”, “Boom, Fizzle, Pop”, & “The Decision”

    Poetry Prompt of the Week: Write a poem about fireworks or firecrackers. Prose Writing Prompt of the Week:  ‘Tis the season for fireworks! A couple is sitting outside on a blanket, watching fireworks go off. They’re making a major decision – what is it? Boom, Fizzle, Pop  by Jamie DeBree Hiss, crackle, fizzle & pop, all so…

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  • “Roses”, “Planting Trees”, and “The Great Debate”

    Prose Writing Prompt of the Week:  It’s the time of year when gardens everywhere are just begging to hear people’s private thoughts. Write about a character sharing his or her inner monologue with the flowers…and whether or not the garden (or a garden eavesdropper) replies… Poetry Prompt of the Week: Roses are blooming everywhere, and…

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