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I’m dreaming, right?

Lots of writing books say not to start with a dream. They say not to end that it was all a dream. They usually say leave dreams out all together. Nobody likes to read about someone else’s dream. Do you think that is true? On Thursday I told the school director that I wanted to … Continue reading

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500 wrong words

Can you write a 500-word sentence? 500 exactly. Shelly Lowenkopf mentioned a fellow named Barnaby Conrad and his 500 word sentence. I couldn’t resist the effort. Janie Hopkins, her curves and wayward hair, waited by the Hamilton train tracks just within sight of the high school where her boyfriend, or the boy she hoped would … Continue reading

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Can’t you wait?

I listen at the door in an empty dimly lit hall. The couple are easy to hear. I knock. “R.A.,” I say. I hate this part. The two of them stumble around as quietly as they can. “What?” the girl says through the closed door. “It’s the R.A.,” I say. This is my job. No … Continue reading

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don’t try this at home

When a cockroach runs across the bathroom floor, do not think you are a gymnast on the parallel bars. The towel rack will come out of the wall, anchors and all, leaving four holes and torn wallpaper. You will hit the ground shoulder first. The stool you sit on while you fix your hair will … Continue reading