A Gecko’s Guide to “Good” Literature

Write Everyday

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

Stephen King, On Writing

Star Woman

“The stars up close to the moon were pale; they got brighter and braver the farther they got out of the circle of light ruled by the giant moon” ― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Lindsey had always wanted to be a star. As an adult, she looked back on that childhood dream fondly, …

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The Worm

“Out—out are the lights—out all!      And, over each quivering form,The curtain, a funeral pall,   Comes down with the rush of a storm,   While the angels, all pallid and wan,      Uprising, unveiling, affirmThat the play is the tragedy, “Man,”      And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.” —Edgar Allan Poe, The Conqueror Worm The worm lived underground, as most worms do. But this …

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Flower Fairies

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby There was a little garden in the middle of the woods. With no homes around, Sarah didn’t know how it got there, but wanted to take care of it. …

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What Will you Notice?

“Love has earth to which she clingsWith hills and circling arms aboutWall within wall to shut fear out.But Thought has need of no such things,For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.” ― Robert Frost, Mountain Interval Today’s writing prompt is to pay attention to the things around you. As you go about your day today, write …

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The New Kid

“After another moment’s silence she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.” ― Albert Camus, The Stranger No one else seemed to notice the transfer student except for Jackie. Jackie had always been friendly and wanted to greet …

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Strange Eyes

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Jamie is always thinking about something. His mind has never been “quiet” for as long as he can remember. …

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The Uncaring God

“More bloodshed followed, as brother fought brother and religion battled religion in the age-old nonsense of settling whose method of worship was the holiest to our Creator, who, for all our murderous efforts, most likely despises the lot of us.” ― Steve Alten, The Loch A man begins a religion as a joke. Bored with his life, …

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“Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.” ― Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia Write from the perspective of a dandelion being blown into a wish. What does the dandelion see before it is picked and after it is blown …

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The Highwayman

And still on a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,When the road is a gypsy’s ribbon looping the purple moor,The highwayman comes riding–Riding–riding–The highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door. ― Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman It’s a stormy night and well …

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