The People Watcher

Nobody really sees me. I’m just the boy cleaning up spilled French fries and wiping spilled ketchup and nugget dipping sauce off the tables. There is a high level of invisibility with that job. But I see them. It is like watching snapshots of other worlds coming in. You see them for an instance and…

Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The End

Story Arcs: The End In the previous Writing Corner post, we looked at the ending part of the story arc. This is usually the shortest and least important part of the story arc. However, it is still important since this is the last thing the reader will read. Last week, I mentioned the idea of…

The Prisoner

The Prisoner As the sun heads up to cross the horizon my eyes bore into its burning glow. It peeks through the buildings and washes down the threatening glimmer of the sky that keeps me up at night. As I stare through the window the prickling sting in my eyes grows sharper. Time stretches, drawn-out…

Muse on Monday – October 11, 2021

Did you know that today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada? As a Canadian, I am thankful for all I’ve been given and thinking of all my friends and family in Canada. As someone living in the US, I didn’t get the day off. I hope you had a great day, even if you had to…

Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The Middle

Story Arcs: The Middle In the last Writing Corner post, we looked at the beginning part of the story arc, where we are introduced to the setting, main characters and the story leads up to the event where the main conflict begins. Every story is different, so it is hard to generalize, but that is…

Stealth Mission: Home Edition

My parents keep a strict curfew. I have to be home by 10 pm or I’ll be grounded for a week. They’ve made this rule very clear, and I am well aware of it. But the truth is, I almost never follow it. This would be terrible for me and my social life except that…

Muse on Monday – October 4, 2021

Hello and welcome to a new week and a new month. Did you know that the Space Age began 64 years ago today? That was the day the first satellite, Sputnik 1 was put into orbit. That should get you thinking of story ideas that are out there. Scroll down to read Oh, It Was…

Muse on Monday – September 27, 2021

Hello and happy Monday everyone. Welcome to a new week and a new Muse on Monday writing prompt. Muse on Monday is a weekly writing challenge to help you improve your writing and have fun, open to anyone of any age. The goal is to write a story that starts with the first line below….

Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The Beginning

Story Arcs Most novels you read will have three parts: the beginning, middle, and end. Shorter stories have this too, but of course they are much shorter (no kidding). Each part of the story has a specific job and the level of action and tension is different in each part. This change in level is…

Muse on Monday – September 13, 2021

Welcome to the beginning of a new week! Scroll down to read Leather Vest by Olzhasbek Zhakenov, a great example of a dark comedy about a lazy cowboy, the prompt for last week. Muse on Monday is a weekly writing challenge to help you improve your writing and have fun, open to anyone of any…