Saturday, July 7, 2018

Books for breakfast: Anna Felicia Sanchez' How to Pacify a Distraught Infant. UP Press, 2017.

Unsettling in its depiction of Filipino middle class suburbia, and the women and children trapped within. Reporting on my favorite stories in the next few days.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Endings inspired by a sestina (fiction prompt)

From Poets&Writers, Week 35:

Find a short story you've written in the past and select six important aspects of the story, such as characters, words, and images. Write a new, alternate ending by reiterating or revisiting these motifs on the last page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A poetry prompt inspired by your travels

The older I get, the less my body likes traveling. I do think about it from time to time--like I think about the pleasure of eating dessert (which I don't care for very much in real life).

Here's another way of thinking about one's travels.

From Poetry&Writers' "The Time is Now":

Have you ever stepped onto foreign soil--whether it be another town, state, or country--and immediately felt like you were in a different galaxy? Or conversely, have you traveled to a seemingly faraway place only to find that it felt surprisingly just like home? Write two short poems about places you have visited or passed through, and explore your expectations and feelings of familiarity or strangeness in each one.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Prompt on clothing choices

From Poets&Writers' "The Time is Now" series, Week 24:

Write a personal essay that examines the progression of your own clothing choices. Have you gone through phases when your outfits--whether influenced by a job, emotional state, or cultural shifts--were formal or informal, plain or adorned, monochromatic or colorful?