Muse on Monday – May 22, 2023

I hope you’re having a good week. Below is the photo prompt for this week, which is from Sorrento, Italy. Sorrento is a city of different levels, with different ways to get between them, although only at limited points. A good inspiration for a story. Story Prompt: May 22, 2023 Write a story based on…

Muse on Monday – May 15, 2023

I’ll be traveling for the next few weeks, so the story prompts will be interesting photos that I take along the way. For this week, here is one from my last trip, in Vietnam. Story Prompt: May 15, 2023 Write a story based on this picture. If you want to share your story, you can…

Muse on Monday – May 1, 2023

Happy May 1 and happy Labor Day if you’re in a country that celebrates it today. For everyone else, just welcome to a brand-new month. I’ll be traveling this month for the first time in a while, so I decided to use a picture I took on my last trip for the photo prompt this…

Amid the Raindrops

Amid the Raindrops After weeks of running, I found myself in Laos. Laos is not a path to anywhere, so I stopped. My phone was off. No more dodging investigators, regulators, creditors. I could live here, learn Lao, show tourists around, maybe. Exploring my new country, I entered a temple. It was deserted and inside,…

Nowoman’s Land

Nowoman’s Land Her arthritic fingers ached as she laid kindling in the fireplace, checking for moisture. The surrounding bomb-blasted houses provided plenty of wood, but most was wet, which made smoke. Smoke spotted from her chimney would mean certain death. She was boiling water when she heard a crash. She crouched, peering out. Below, three…

Muse on Monday – February 13, 2023

Story Prompt: February 13, 2023 Write a story based on the picture below: This is a picture I made with my niece. It has kind of a creepy feeling, but that doesn’t mean you need to write a creepy story if you don’t want to. A lot of the fun of fiction is subverting expectations….

Muse on Monday – January 16, 2023

Story Prompt: January 16, 2023 Write a story based on the picture below. This picture has an eerie, otherworldly feeling to it, but that doesn’t mean that your story has to be. Part of the fun of writing with prompts is subverting expectations. In any case, have fun with it. If you want to share…

The One Labor of Jordan

The One Labor of Jordan Jordan now understood why Lena said that her father was mythologically old school. “Three things you gotta do to date my daughter,” Mr. Iraklidis said, holding up sausage-like digits. “Hey, it usta be twelve. First, clean the cellar steps.” But Jordan could go mythological too. He had no river to…

Muse on Monday – December 19, 2022

Muse on Monday – December 19, 2022 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there! We all probably have certain images of Christmas and similar adjacent holidays in our minds based on our experiences and what we see on TV and in movies. This may give an idea of what a Christmas story should…

Muse on Monday – December 5, 2022

It’s December. In a lot of the world, it’s a month dominated by Christmas, with all the traditions and shopping that go along with that. It’s also a time when many people get together with family to celebrate the holiday. Families are interesting since we don’t get to choose ours and they can either be…