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Prompts and exercises

Story prompts: Whose shoes?


Something has always bothered me in my wanderings through this world: every time I see an abandoned pair of shoes, or worse a single shoe, on the side of the road, it bothers me for hours thereafter. If it’s a … Continue reading

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Writing exercise: desert notebooks


You are allowed one notebook for the rest of your life. What will it contain? Continue reading

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Writing prompt: storytellers


One of my favourite teachers as a child was Graeme Early. Graeme was a primary school teacher, but also a musician. I’d just turned six years old when I met him. I was a frightened little redhead in a new … Continue reading

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Writing prompt: Animation


By now it should be obvious that I like trees. This strangler fig at Mount Glorious in Queensland reminds me of a hook-nosed old man with gnarled fingers and sleepy eyes. It dominated the scenery, being the largest and clearly … Continue reading

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Saturday’s word: profligate


Oops, I skipped Friday’s word. So, directly to Saturday’s word: profligate – ad,j meaning wasteful or extravagant. I like the way this word feels rolling off my tongue. I’ve been profligating my time for the past two days and have … Continue reading

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