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Living in “the” Moment

Tori Caduta wanted to live in the moment. She was finding it quite a difficult thing to do, at least difficult to do for any length of time. She tried all the tricks, meditation, staring at flowers, listening for birds, admiring colors, sitting at a playground and watching – children, sunsets, men. Watching a man was probably her best way to stay in the moment,

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Revisiting Old Friends

Once every few months the urge comes over me and I know nothing more is going to be done that evening, no more writing, noHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets perusing of recipes, no time with football or baseball or Facebook or even a good book, especially a good book.

Some old friends hato must be  revisited.

I stare at my small rack of videos.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or perhaps Shrek.

It is not an easy decision.

Should I visit with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape or maybe Frodo, Samwise, Gandalf, and Galadriel? Of course it’s been awhile since I took the time to visit Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey.

The

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Misspelling or do you say mispeling?

I was just looking at a Your Dictionary infographic of ten commonly misspelled or misused words. And I have to admit, I have a problem with some of them. First, the last on the list which and that, I’ll never understand. As far as I’m concerned the two words are often interchangeable. I use whichever one seems to better say whatever it is I am trying to say: Which is the truth. That is the truth.

I also have problems with it’s and its as well as there, their, and they’re. I’ll often use one where the other belongs. It’s not that I don’t know the difference. Its It’s just that I’m lazy. When writing a first draft I don’t pay attention to what I’m writing, especially grammar and spelling. My goal is to get the thoughts and words on the page. I’ll deal with how

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Words Invented by Writers

A sneetchThere is more to creative writing than just making up stories and characters that often seem very real. In some ways making up stuff is one of the perks of being a writer. A writer can live in imaginary worlds and can even make up words such as scrutchel (a word I just made up which should mean: using a word that doesn’t exist as a crutch for not wanting to actually find one that means what you want to say).

Writer’s have been creating words for thousands of years. Dr. Seuss made up hundreds of words himself (zummers, spazzim, thnadners, sneedle, yuzz, thneeds, and sneetches to list just a few).

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Someone is in Trouble…

And then there was the day I made magic marker mustaches on my little brother’s and my faces. It’s a good story today, but I remember it was a big mistake after my mother scrubbed my face till it hurt, but it just wouldn’t come off. Now, I should write something about it.

Someone is in Trouble…

http://robbterranova.com/2014/11/someone-is-in-trouble/

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We’re Magicians

Of course magic is not limited to paper and We're magicwords

paint,

metal,

lights,

stone,

glass,

fabric,

even food or

anything a person uses to make something where there was emptiness.

http://robbterranova.com/2014/11/magicians/

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A Cold Weather Writing Prompt

It’s been too long since I last posted a writing prompt. Since I’ve always thought of October not as a month in Autumn, but the month that signals the beginning of winter, it seems this scene should be suitable.Looking up a cliff face

The scene: a cliff

Weather: It is cold

Characters: – a middle aged man
– a stunning younger brunette

Props: – an expensive piece of jewelry
– two hamburgers and an order of french fries
– a small animal

In the distance: a train, or is that sirens?

Optional – Use this sentence in the story: “You had asparagus on your lip, but it was strangely attr

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The Password of Death

Your Password RulesA story I began working on awhile ago that I haven’t touched in months surfaced today when I saw this picture.

The story is a humorous thriller (or maybe just a bumbling idiot trying to stay alive). In one scene my hero, Torrance, is fleeing from a trio of guys trying to kill him. He realizes he is in the neighborhood of a former girlfriend. Her apartment is password protected. He has to enter a code into a keypad and say a word into a microphone.

Even before he gets there he remembers the word, but the password which is the girl’s dog’s name followed by its birthday, which Torrance is surprised he remembers. However, there is a symbol between the dog’s name and it&

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Today's Quote

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one” ~ Terry Pratchett

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