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100 days 100 short stories:: story 65

story: The Hermit’s Story

author: Rick Bass

year: 1998

where: Burjeel cafe, English breakfast tea

note: read twice

a line: “A cold snap comes in October, freezes a skin of ice over the lake — it’s got to be a shallow one, almost a marsh.”

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The carpet was damp and sodden. The mildew which defiantly pushed its way up through the synthetic fibres, was furry against his lips and cheek. The air was cold and stale, every inward breath drying his mouth. 459 more words


The end of my Winter of Weird: Thoughts on The Weird

And so it comes to end. On 31 October 2016 I embarked on a mission to read the short story anthology The Weird (2012) – edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer – from cover to cover, averaging a story per day. 951 more words


The ultimate story outline

I’ve always been content to jump right into a story — my mind is often so full of multiple ideas at once that I’m often afraid if I don’t record them right away, I’ll lose them and never be able to put them into context again. 1,191 more words


platinum-static reblogged this on ps and commented:

Using this outline was more helpful to my creative flow than I thought it would be!

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Once upon a time…. It was so silent I could hear the wooden hands of my clock inching their way down the face. I chewed the end of my pencil and drummed my fingers on the table. 976 more words

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haiku #53: onto

canta o melro
e seus males espanta
bem sucedido
dança a rosa
o som da natureza
a ritmo certo
prolonga o sol
o resplendor do dia… 15 more words


The Last of Logan

(Feb 26 update: I’ve added another six cards to this to take us to the halfway point of the story)

The Last of Logan is an experimental piece of fiction written for my MA. 138 more words

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