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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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Ten Buddhist Koans

A Buddhist Koan is a short tale used to nudge people closer toward Zen enlightenment. Since I really appreciate and love these witty little verses, I decided I’d share some of my favorites here. At first, I thought I’d garnish them with some detailed commentary and analysis. Then I realized, the verses are like works [...]

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The Kubla Khan Poem

One of my favorite poems is the Kubla Khan of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (the same poet who penned The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, previously featured on this site). In fact I like this passage so much that, back when I was in high school, I memorized the whole thing. So instead of copying it [...]

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Short Story – The Balancing Beetles

I just returned from an exotic African safari (editor’s note: this is fiction), and I’d like to share with you the details of a new species I discovered, the Balancing Beetle. These critters vary widely in size, with the smallest being almost microscopic, and the largest rivaling even the big jungle cats. They come in [...]

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Short Story: The Mirror

Once upon a time, science and magic joined together to create The Mirror. An artifact of incredible power. With most mirrors, when you look at them, the person in the mirror will adopt whichever emotion you yourself display. When you smile, the person in the mirror smiles. Frown, and the mirror-person frowns. But not so [...]

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