642 Things to Write About: A Recipe for Disaster

Set the oven to 425 degrees Ingredients 1 cup of “totally clueless” 1 tbsp of “stubborn jackass” 2 cups of “No, I won’t ask for directions” 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of milk 4 tbsps of “hot-tempered” 6 oz of “flaring nostrils” 1/4 cup of “generally stupidity” 6 tsps of “I can’t read directions” 3/4 of “how do you […]

642 Things to Write About: My Neighborhood Trees

This week’s prompt is, “Name the trees that stood in the neighborhood where you grew up.” I can see them clear as day, the three large willow trees that lined the driveway leading up to my childhood home. Thomas, Robert and Smith stood on the right side of the driveway.  They were happy trees, with willow branches that smiled in […]

642 Things to Write About: An Astronaut’s Perfect Day

Captain’s Log Star date: 20152001 Today was by far and away the most interesting day I’ve had since I’ve been on this space station. Space is truly a glutton’s dream.  This afternoon, I snapped up a dozen Skittles floating past me.  This morning, I swallowed globs of Tang that were floating around.  Willa Wonka doesn’t have anything on this place. […]

642 Things to Write About: Dear Henry

Today’s prompt is, “Pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild.  Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object.” Dear Henry, Of all of my great-grandchildren, you are my favorite – just don’t tell anyone I told you that or I’ll rise from my cremated ashes and haunt you for the […]

642 Things to Write About: The Making of an Author

For this challenge, I’m supposed to “describe yourself in the third person -your physical appearance and personality-as though you were a character in a book. I’m going to change this up a bit.  The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was a scene where a camera crew is running around town interviewing people who knew […]

642 Things to Write About: The New Girl

Today’s challenge is to write a scene where the only spoken dialogue is “Umm, Uh-huh, Urrr, and Mmmm”   She is the strangest person I’ve ever seen.  The teacher called on her, like, five minutes ago and she’s just standing there.  There’s something really off about her but I can’t figure out what it is. “Umm.” She cleared her throat […]

642 Things to Write About: What a character holding a blue object is thinking right now

Is this the matrix?  If I swallow this will I wake up and realize that Cheerios taste exactly like chicken?  Is the spoon bending?  No.  Wait.  There is no spoon.  What if I shake it?  What happens if I shake it real hard?  Or throw it against the wall?  Is there a special Hell for people who shake shiny blue […]

642 Things to Write About: Something you had that was stolen

“It was my job.  It was in the bag.” I couldn’t believe I was sitting in yet, another shrink’s office, explaining this.  There are people in this world with real problems.  Mine hardly qualify. “That’s a slight exaggeration, don’t you think?” Dr. Melbourne had this annoying habit of clicking his pen constantly. Click, click. Click, click. It made me crazy, […]

642 Things to Write About: The Long-Lost Roommate

“What the hell are you doing here?” My mouth dropped to the floor when I saw her standing outside my door. “I’ve missed you.” She smiled, shrugging her shoulders. I gazed at her from head to foot, noticing a small carry-on suitcase clutched in her right hand.  “It’s been ten years.” She nodded.  “I know.  Like I said, I’ve missed […]

642 Things to Write About: Tell a story that begins with a ransom note

We have your binky collection. Follow these instructions and nobody will get hurt.  Place sixteen Mega Bloks, 26 alphabet blocks and one box of Nilla Wafers in a small, unlabeled diaper bag. All blocks must be free of teeth marks and drool.  Leave the diaper bag outside of my your brother’s room, knock twice and then crawl away….SLOWLY!!!  After Momma counts everything everything […]