John’s Missing Wife

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost Writing Prompt: John's mind was a wonderland of ideas and places. If he closed his eyes and focused really hard, he could go anywhere and see anything. For his entire life, he believed …

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The Man of Fate and Chaos

Dan: “There's a man... in back of this place. He's the one who's doing it. I can see him through the wall. I can see his face. I hope that I never see that face, ever, outside of a dream.”-David Lynch, Mulholland Drive There's a man who can change the fate of anyone in the universe by simply …

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Passion

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves Character development challenge: What is your …

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The Dance of the Sky Dragon

“They moved in dance steps too intricate for the noninitiated eye to imitate or understand. Clearly they were of one soul. Handsome, rangy, wildly various, they were bound in total loyalty, not by oath, but by the simple, unquestioning belongingness of part of one organism.”― Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine Every summer they would dance. It was supposed …

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How to Keep the Dead in the Ground

“To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.”― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow They knew it was coming, it happened every year. Halloween night the graves would start to quake. Decomposed hands would burst from …

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