The Red Dress

Throw a bunch of words in a hat, pull one out, and write a story using that word.

This week’s word: DRAW.


Learn to Draw. Simple as that. It’s what the sign says, and the business card too. The business card from the teacher, from her niece’s birthday, he was there and so calm and so caring, she could see why they liked him. All the way from the Valley, over the hill, thirty minute drive, she could see why they did it, why they liked him, so calm and generous and caring.

And so she is here, in her car, outside his building, Learn to Draw. Ages 5+, paint, sketch, sculpt, all easier said than done.

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Zone In, Zone Out

Throw a bunch of words in a hat, pull one out, and write a story (two pages, double spaced) using that word. NOTE: This is a weekly exercise. Pick the word at the beginning of the week, post the story by the end of the week. I will be posting all the stories here, so keep coming back to check them out!

This week’s word: ZONE


Two years they’d been planning this. Two years and today is the day. Guests arrived, everything in place. Two years of venue scouting and interviews and invitations and food tasting, planning and coordinating and yes yes yes, nod your head yes. For this is her night, her event, all you can do is agree.

Agree and zone, zone in, zone out. To college, to your frat brothers, drinking and partying, having a good time. To high school, baseball, the game winning homerun. She goes on, the flowers and the roses, red with some orange, to match the dresses, not hers, the bridesmaids, and you, you’re back in high school, circling the bases, your team on their feet, the entire crowd cheering, a game winning homerun. To the finals, first time ever, for you, for your team, for everyone, to state championships and then nationals, the cheers, the attention, the fun.

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