264. “How Real Are You on Social Media?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   264. “How Real Are You on Social Media?”   Hah.   Well, I only use Instagram regularly, and Facebook once a week. Is this website social media?   I’ll admit, I use Facebook for […]

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244. “What’s So Great About YouTube?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   244. “What’s So Great About YouTube?”   My buddy Greg keeps me up to date on much new music. Earlier this week, he sent me a Spotify link to the Mono No Aware compilation […]

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237. “Do You Experience FOMO When You Unplug?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   237. “Do You Experience FOMO When You Unplug?”   No.   I’ll admit that one of my inner aches is FOMO. Not from unplugging, but in general. Every once in a while, I find […]

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224. “What Are Your Attitudes Toward Money?”

(Art from fanpop.com)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   224. “What Are Your Attitudes Toward Money?”   Here are a couple of dollar bill paragraphs and a wallet always full:   We are what we eat. And I’ve consumed […]

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213. “What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man?'”

(This was a hard question to answer. I pray my reflections lead you to your own.)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   213. “What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man?’”   My dear friend Brittany Reeber, film […]

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184. “What Ethical Dilemmas Have You Faced?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   184. “What Ethical Dilemmas Have You Faced?”   …   Money is a big issue, and I’ve been offered bribes before. Once, I was offered by a drummer I managed to split the band’s […]

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178. “What Are You Grateful For?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   178. “What Are You Grateful For?”   Read as, What are you waiting for? I want to feel gratitude. It’s hard sometimes. But let us.   Tony Robbins says, “You can’t feel fear or […]

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170. “What Are Your Best Sleepover Memories?”

(Blurry like nostalgia now and then; what was your favorite character?)     In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   170. “What Are Your Best Sleepover Memories?”   Here’s another quaint one to jump into. This one is dedicated to the […]

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Write a monologue that feels rhythmically right

(Art by Cosimo Miorelli, for Bloomsday 2015)   Ok, so, this is the third and final Charles Johnson exercise (I must confess, the last three exercises have all been from page 37 of The Way of the Writer, which I finished yesterday).   (3) Write a monologue of at least […]

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Mario Levrero — 8 August 23:42

marioLEVRERO_8august2342_ivanBRAVE   Have you been keeping track of the date and time? This tread to write multiple entries per day will become rare as the diary unfolds. It would seem Levrero awoke to much entusiasm, as he says, and gradually slowed down his production–thankfully, not at the cost of his […]

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Asesino (Assassin)

(Art by George Fredric Watts, Hope, 1886)   Click here for PDF of Asesino. Asesino is a story inspired by the dream a friend, Diego Sebastian Figueredo, told at a milonga about a year ago.   It begins with an epigraph borrowed from Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder as Considered […]

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Describe a Character With Focus on Vowels and Consonants

(Art by Dana Cooper) Today’s exercise again comes from Charles Johnson‘s book, The Way of the Writer, where he credits much of his early development to his late mentor John Gardner:   Describe a character in a brief passage (one or two pages) using mostly long vowels and soft consonants […]

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