Three Wise Men

“Dude, are we there yet?” “No, we not. Chill man, we’ll get there when we get there.” “But we’ve been travelling all night. Why can’t we just pop into somewhere to overnight? It doesn’t even have to be fancy, just somewhere to get some damn shut-eye.” “Fine! Fine. Fine… There[…]

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The Smellgasm

“Look, he’s going to do it.” “He is! He is!” “Oh god! He’s doing it! He’s doing it!” And exploding through his nose was a million scents, smells and fragrances.  Every single one of them was simultaneously exploding in his head. There was cut grass and metallic oil mixing with baking[…]

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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

“Show me, don’t tell me” is the most common catchphrase for good writing. But what does it mean? Consider this: you could give a great story to a bad writer and it would end up being a terrible book, but even a mediocre story that is written by a great[…]

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Little Tree, Little Tree

Little Tree, listen closely and will tell you of our great path. In the beginning, there is the Falling. You will break from your great mother to fall to our Great Mother. And, deep in Her warm, succulent embrace, you shall awaken when the Growing lifts your limbs outwards and[…]

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Shadow, Flicker & Gloom

“We are Shadow, Flicker and Gloom,” you startle, as a soft, rasping whisper comes from a strangely dark corner of the room you are in. “We are Shadow, Flicker and Gloom,” whispers a second voice from the other side of the room. The electric light in the room flickers and[…]

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Five Short Ways to Deal with a Blank Page

Despite being creative people, sometimes we lack inspiration. The challenge of a blank page staring back at you can be overcome in a number of ways: Go for a walk: It is actually scientifically proven to help you think and be creative. Read more about the science here. Have a[…]

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Through Timeless Eyes

The old Egyptian woman stood still in the gloomy chamber. She was leaning heavily on a meticulously carved staff ending in a cow’s head topped by a plume. Gold inlay spiralled around the staff, like little rivers of sunlight flickering in the candlelight as she gazed up at the statue.[…]

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The Value of Regrets

Many times over he had heard the cliche how you should live your life without regrets. It was repeated like it was gospel, put on bumper stickers and Tweeted by teenagers sneaking out of the house. He had grown to realize that the reality was much more complicated. As he[…]

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The Life of Clouds

Floating with no responsibilities, he thought as he looked up at the clouds drifting lazily by, that is true freedom. He was lying on a warm beach. His fishing rod was pegged next to him with its line reaching out into the calm waters. But this did not last forever. He grew[…]

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Gaming the Genie

“Three wishes?” “Yes, Master, you have three wishes. You own the lamp, yes?” “Yes, I do.” “And you rubbed the lamp, yes?” “Yes, while I was cleaning–it was my great grandfathers, he was famous, but had a horrible–” “And so I am your Genie, you are my Master, and you[…]

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Go Fetch!

Throw it… Come on, just throw it! Wait, wait, wait… He’s gonna throw it now. Now. Now…  Now! He threw it! He threw it! He threw it! Oh, wow, what a shot! Go! Go! Go! Come on, come on, I almost got it. Almost got it. Almost. Almost. Wait… And…[…]

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Kill Me

I wonder if this will be the smoke that kills me, he thinks to himself as his lights a cigarette up. He pulls hard on it and the molten red tip glows brightly in the dingy bar. Far from illuminating the darkness, the small spot of red light at the[…]

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Dodging a Bullet, Firing a Gun

“It will be a better world when I run it. And the first change I will make will be–” But he did not hesitate as he ran. He squeezed the trigger of the gun pointing at the most infamous criminal mastermind in history. The sound was short and loud, followed[…]

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Connections

She clicks the notifications as they appear on Facebook, liking, commenting and sharing items that catch her interest. But her interest is spread. She is scrolling 9gag’s hot page in the background with half of an eye on it. SoundCloud is playing through a mix by some DJ she has seen[…]

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Elephant Eyes

The great bull elephant stands majestically in the hot African sun. Crackling, buzzing bush surrounds it as a ragged mountain range fills the backdrop beyond the dry vegetation and the rolling savanna. Slowly the gigantic beast lifts its head and its thick trunk snakes out to delicately curl around the[…]

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