Category Archives: writing exercise

storypraxis: one angry hippo

Roddy Nelson sat quietly in his office for what he was sure would be the last time. Leaning back in his leather chair he wondered how it all went so wrong. He’d been the Athletic Director of the Apaloosa State … Continue reading

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storypraxis: sell it to the butcher at the store

One the south side of town on I-83 is a nondescript little roadside shanty called ‘Toad’s Roadkill Café’. It’s owned and operated by Eloise ‘Toad’ Chisum, chef, entrepreneur and local character. Despite it’s unusual name, it’s widely known for it’s … Continue reading

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Hector- today’s storypraxis prompt

The following is a brief history of Hector, Texas, population 866. The town was established in 1845 by decorated Texas war hero Aloyisious Hector. Captain Hector rose to prominence at the battle of Peyote Springs in the summer of 1843. … Continue reading

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Lady Jane and the Red Gorilla- chapter 4

“And what if I don’t help you?” Jane asked. “Oh, you are so silly,” said Holly. “If you protect him, he dies. If you stay away, he dies. There’s no way to avoid it.” Jane glared at Red. There was … Continue reading

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Lady Jane and the Red Gorilla- chapter 3

The source of the interruption looked like June Cleaver on Prozac. She hardly seemed like Red’s type, Jane thought. “Who are you?” Jane asked. “I’m sorry,” she replied. “I was so concerned about Red’s manners I forgot my own. I’m … Continue reading

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I don’t know the meaning of the word quit! (That’s because I don’t own a dictionary)

The story I posted as a submission to storypraxis produced little feedback. Actually, it received no feedback whatsoever. Undeterred, I’ve continued the story today under the prompt irascible. Here it is: Lady Jane woke up with her head in pea … Continue reading

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I’d like your opinion

I wrote a short piece for the storypraxis website using the prompt of the day: red gorilla. I wondered if it would serve as the first chapter of a novel. What do you think? The phoned screamed it’s malicious warning. … Continue reading

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My computer broke down/Chickadees in a Maple

I had an older Macbook. It’s been my trusty writing companion for over five years. I returned from Write! Canada to discover the touchpad was periodically malfunctioning. Two days later the keyboard also started to fail. I was deeply concerned. … Continue reading

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The Agonized Stone Face Carving- a writing exercise

The following is a result of a writing exercise from “the sunlit desk”: The gruesome face carved in the granite is a memorial. I carved it there to make the world remember him. His name will be forgotten. All names … Continue reading

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