Category Archives: Writing

Writing Prompt – Artificially Intelligent Judge

A local government (city or county) appoints an artificial intelligence as a judge. Consider possible advantages in an artificially intelligent judge: It could know all relevant laws and precedents without any lapse in memory, maybe a nation’s entire legal code … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – A Strange Forest Path to an Even Stranger Place

You are hiking a forest trail which you have hiked many times. You gradually notice some details which are not quite right. After while it looks like you are no longer in the same forest but instead somewhere strange. Choose … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – Ship in a Bottle

You find a ship in a bottle . . . with people onboard. First decide where you find the bottle. It could be in a ship captain’s quarters, in a museum, in an antique shop, or somewhere else. This will … Continue reading

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The Value of a Writing Notebook

Last Monday morning before work I read this post about the connection between a writer and his or her notebook. Later that morning I thought about my notebook. I carry it with me almost every time I leave my house. … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – Visiting Auschwitz

I had originally planned to post my next prompt on Friday or this weekend, but I finished it early. I am also interested in people’s thoughts on it. Sometimes a story can serve as a reminder of terrible deeds of … Continue reading

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Let Your Imagination Roam

After writing my first draft of my next writing prompt post (which should be posted on Friday or this weekend) I considered how this series allows me to let my imagination run in any direction. Even while I am still … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt – Some Reanimated DNA

A scientist acquires what he thinks is dinosaur DNA and uses methods inspired by Jurassic Park to bring it to life . . ., but it is not dinosaur DNA. It is Grendel’s DNA. Someone could write this as a … Continue reading

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Training with Speculative Writing Prompts

Last week I began writing some speculative fiction writing prompts. Someone might wonder who I am to be creating writing prompts. I have explained previously that I struggle with writing fiction. Nevertheless, a part of me still wants to do … Continue reading

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Two Writing Prompts Collide

While sitting in my car one morning before work last week I looked through a list of speculative fiction writing prompts. Two of them especially caught my eye, and I thought it would be fun to see how different people … Continue reading

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Time for Reflection (and Clearing My Head) at Tallulah Gorge

Last Friday I went back to Tallulah Gorge. The last time I hiked to the bottom and then back up. I was so sore and tired that it took me two days to recover. Today I did not want a … Continue reading

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