Category Archives: Prompts and Challenges

Books off my shelf (I hope to read this summer!)

I have a pile of review requests that will keep me busy through the summer and into the fall. I also have an Audio Book membership that allows me to listen to at least two books per month. And then there are all those film adaptations with imminent release dates… And all those other books […]
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Do you Skim?

Do you skim? I mean, when you read, do you actually process every word through your optic faculties? Or do you take in only a few words that your eye somehow deems important? Maybe even, for the sake of your life efficiency, do you actually process every sentence on the screen? Yes, I did restrict […]
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Across the Street

I grew up with the opportunity to spend time regularly at my family’s lakefront cabin. A four bedroom cabin set up from the lake, with huge sprawling sun deck overlooking the water, complete with built in fire pit. Our own private dock to dip our feet into the peaceful quiet waters. I took it all […]
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Heat

The heat batters.  The sun beats down relentlessly on my olive drab uniform, baking me like a potato in foil.  A breeze blows, but instead of refreshing, it feels like my face is in front of a furnace vent. The heat touches.  Scrub brushes reach up and touch me on the shoulder.  A steady hum […]
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Not a Rant

I just wrote a bad review. I haven’t done a lot of them. I know the key to a good “bad” review is constructive criticism, but what if sometimes you just want to rant? Ranting can be so freeing. However if you aren’t mindful it has the potential to alienate people, which of course I […]
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My Tear Stained Cheeks: an untrue tale

Through the closed windows I hear the muffled rumblings of trucks barreling through the nearby intersection. As I stumble out of bed to double check they are properly sealed, I watch a random minivan slam on its brakes as it wrongfully pulls into oncoming traffic; one horn blasts, and then another. I draw the heavy […]
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Props to the BookTubers of the world

I’ve been hearing about an elusive reader phenomenon called BookTube for awhile, but I did not make the time to check it out until two nights ago.  I finally decided to explore by searching for “BookTube” in the YouTube search bar, and there I found myself with hundreds of video options! I found tons of […]
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I Could Teach Someone A Thing Or Two

Wouldn’t it be fun to be an advice columnist? I just purchased Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, which is a collection of the best of the best advice given by Strayed’s once anonymous alter ego, Sugar. I purchased the book for my mom as I have heard great things about it, and the few […]
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Looking Back: A Reflection on The high school years

Because I read Kevin Brockmeier’s A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A memoir of seventh grade this weekend, I have actually been thinking back quite a bit to my high school days (seventh grade for Kevin was the first year of Junior High). I’ve looked back probably more than I should, or need to. I […]
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Flash Fiction – Death Sentence

A death sentence is supposed to mean you die.  So when I woke up after my execution, I was right fuckin’ confused.  The gut-kick from the asshole in the radiation suit didn’t help. Shoveling.  Apparently a death sentence doesn’t mean they kill you; it means you shovel radioactive shit until you can’t.  I’d swear I […]
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