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Perfection and Perfectionism

Something’s come up here in Japan, and I’m busy like a one-armed butler playing cover albums for The Doors. Fortunately, I typed up some of these things in advance, so I can just “Publish” them in between breakfast bites before running out the door. This one’s called “Perfection and Perfectionism”. What it’s like to be [...]

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Advanced Writer’s Training Camp

Are you in the mood for murder, kids? Welcome to Advanced Writer’s Training Camp. Nested deep in the hills of Appalachia, we’ve picked out the towns that are leastwise expecting it. Feel the thrill of blood as you sink your knife past their teeth! Taste the thrush of power as you finger the trigger! It’s [...]

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Poem: The Real Red Hot

Hello readers, I’m back in Japan, first time since 2007. This time it’s to visit in-laws, instead of as a tourist. I wrote a ton of high-quality stuff during the airplane ride, unfortunately my notepad is in the other room where my wife and daughter are sleeping so for now you get the one writing [...]

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Writings dated 6 November 2014

“Did you really think you could hide what you’ve done from me?” my wife said in an accusing tone. “It’s on the frontpage of every paper. In fact it’s so silly, it’s on the frontpage of every tree.” My wife was always telling jokes like that. Putting up with my cruelty and then chiming in [...]

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Short Story: The Roller Coaster Friend

At this fortnight’s writing group meeting, we did an interesting exercise. Each of us jotted down some random details about a character, then we randomly swapped those characters and each of us wrote a story about the character we got. I finished my story with time to spare, so I added a short epilogue as [...]

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Short Story: The School Play

This week in the writing group, we did an exercise where there were eight randomly generated words and we tried to use them all in our story. I managed to go through them in order three times, but points off for using some of them twice in a row. Can you guess the eight words, [...]

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Short Story: Edward Snowden as a child

At today’s writing group the focus was on improving our dialog writing. We randomly generated about ten dialog prompts, the goal was to pick one or two and use them in a story in 15 minutes. I managed to use all of them; which is less impressive than it sounds because by luck, they all [...]

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Short Story: One Year in the Future

I’ve started attending a writers’ group here in England, meeting every two weeks. Every meeting we do a fifteen minute writing exercise; I guess I’ll start publishing the results of the exercises here. This time around the theme was writing for teenagers. The scenario was randomly chosen: “A character goes forward one year in time. [...]

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The Pool

Three friends went to a pool party together. The pool was full of people splashing around and having fun, but of course the hardest part was making the initial jump. The first friend jumped in right away. The shock of the cold water quickly went away and he had fun with everybody in the pool. [...]

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Dream Report, Jan 9, 2010

I was in the math department, and I saw one of the professors carrying a big pizza box. I decided to follow him, to see whether the pizza might be for some colloquium or math club meeting where I could get away with grabbing a slice. Instead, he led me to a hidden door which [...]

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