The Ghost Hunting Journalist

“He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories. Words that went for the jugular. Active verbs that danced and raced on the page.”  Robert Cormier, I Am the Cheese Writing Prompt Jordan …

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Crime Scene Investigation

"Trent imagined the boy's mother inspecting him prior to his departure for headquarters, checking his fingernails, perhaps. Checking the fingernails himself as they shook hands, Trent found that there was no evidence of their having been bitten. An indication. Everything was an indication." -Robert Cormier, The Rag and Bone Shop Writing Prompt: Charles had been …

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Monster Makers

"Our attitude to the monster is frequently ambivalent: although society teaches us to be morally appalled by its terrible deeds, rarely is the monster presented as wholly unsympathetic. Indeed, part of us takes delight in its actions and identifies with them."—Shohini Chaudhuri, The Monstrous-Feminine Writing Prompt: Today, we're making monsters! Monsters vary wildly from humanoid …

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What We Find Along the Way

“But just because you can never reach it, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth looking for.”― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Jamie had always wanted adventure, so when she heard of a magical treasure that could grant her any wish, she was already out the door. On her journey, she heard many different tales of the treasure. …

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