Writing Prompt: Last Night in March

It is raining here The night is chilly and wet A siren cuts through the dark The drapes are drawn tight A barrier from the cold Lamps cast deep shadows Tomorrow’s promise Of blue skies and a warm sun Brings hope and solace

Haiku Prompt: I Saw Sis Today

Today I saw Sis Her bright smile clear in my mind Her laugh like music Her olive skin smooth Her fingers slim and tapered Her brown eyes twinkling Her wore a plaid skirt And an open-throated blouse Her silver hair short She stood not far off And I felt happy inside Seeing her glad face…

Writing Prompt: Novel readers: I need your help!

I have written about four chapters of a new novel, but now I’m stuck. I want to have a different kind of structure – you know like Fried Green Tomatoes, where it’s a story inside a story, or Water for Elephants where there are two stories at the same time: the old man’s current life…

Writing Prompt: Secret Dreams

What to write about? It’s hard to say. My attention has been shifted to death and dying and it’s slightly tough to shake my shoulders loose of that tension. Since returning at 2 am on Monday morning, I’ve had lots of students and lots of hours of work. This is good – my business is…

Prompt: My Sister’s Eulogy Complete with a Few Jokes

Good afternoon. My name is Len Leatherwood and I am Leslie’s younger sister. On behalf of my entire family, I’d like to thank you for coming today to help us celebrate Leslie’s life. We are all here because we loved her. So, thank you. Leslie. How do I best describe her? First, my sister had…

Driving Back to LA

It’s almost 10 pm and we’re an hour south of Las Vegas driving in the rain.  It is 37 degrees outside and we are heading home along with lots of folks who’ve been in Vegas all weekend.  Liz has law classes tomorrow and because she is in an accelerated 2 year program, she can’t miss…

Flash Essay Prompt: Free At Free!

I am sitting with my last student of the day and we are writing for ten minutes. I’m going to use this opportunity to write for my blog since I know the rest of my evening and the next several days are going to be busy. Let me first say all the papers are done…

Flash Essay Prompt: When Will This Quarter END?

I am knee-deep in a term paper with daughter Rachael on allegory in Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown and Poe’s Ligeia. Dear Lord have mercy. I am ready for this quarter to END. I can’t say that I’m not being challenged intellectually by my students. I am. I am stretching and growing and learning a lot….

Flash Essay Prompt: A Knock at the Door

Lately, there have been a rash of burglaries in Beverly Hills. Someone comes to the front door and distracts the homeowner while accomplices sneak around back and steal valuables. In the case of our house, this wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment since the back door is always open, at least during the day when…

Flash Essay Prompt: My Sister’s Eulogy: To Joke or Not to Joke?

I have been working today on my sister’s eulogy for her memorial service this upcoming Saturday. I have done this once before, giving the eulogy for a sibling, and it is a tough task under the best of circumstances. How is it possible to convey how one feels about a beloved sister or brother? In…