Brazen Princess

Loud and Unashamed
OCTOBER 15, 2012 6:11AM

Good Writers are Good Readers


The first book I ever read all the way through by my own free will was one called “The Gift of Magic” by a young adult author, Lois Duncan.  I was twelve years old and we were about to make a trip across country to Boston, the

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OCTOBER 14, 2012 9:17AM

Weekend Fiction Saga



Dear Chaz,

There's leftover curry and rice if you're hungry.  I'll keep the Volvo but the van is  yours and full of gas - like another pompous old windbag.  Good luck with Daphne once she realizes you h… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 4:11AM

Don't Touch the Muti

PromptWrite a story inspired by this situation: There’s a break-in at a character's house. The robbers took everything—money, couch, clothes—except for one odd item that they left right in the middle of the character's living room. 

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 10:48AM



                       broken heart

My story is supposed to be fiction today and as I type, I'm all fictioned out.  

I join the ranks of a LOT of you that have completed my first novel and am now "shopping an agent".… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2012 1:32PM

Falling Down the Slope

Your protagonist has just been to the worst concert of his/her life. Suddenly, after the show is over and she's left, the conductor shows up and offers to buy her a drink.

She agrees, under one condition—and that deal leads to one memorable night.


There's a lot you canRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2012 2:03AM

My Debonair Hair and Topsiders

Write a story in which a character gets carried away with a new fad.


It was the eighties.

The magical decade when I found myself, a nerd on the debate team who spent my lunch hours cramming with sequestered briefs in the… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2012 11:14PM

We all have our Dubais...

A challenge for any one who writes is to synopsize the heart in a short amount of time. 

I have fifteen minutes in this airport lounge before I have to high-tail it to my gate... and catch the plane that will take me to San Francisco.

Ten years ago
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AUGUST 1, 2012 1:10PM

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika



The heart, my grandmother used to say, was like a scrapbook.  It held pieces of memories that together made up a wonderful collection of things that made your life unique to someone else’s.  I have learned, o… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 30, 2012 4:56PM


Write a story involving an Olympic sport. 



I feel ashamed to say it, but I hate swimming.

It didn't start off as a dream or a realization that this is what I was called to, it was just something that… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2012 11:57AM

Chasing Alicia

Our friends call it “The Conception Tape” – just to rile us.


“Are you sure this is the tape of her birth, and not when she was conceived?” Dave Smith, my husband’s best friend asked, the first time he saw it.


Mario and I had seen too many

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JULY 21, 2012 5:52AM

Monica Thrilled Me When We Met


Jenny kissed me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in.

Time, you thief! who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in.

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad;

Say that health and wealth have missed me;

Say I'm growing old,

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JULY 18, 2012 4:11AM

My Comments Aren't Posting!

I know this is a dumb post.

 It's not creative at all and shows that I am using this forum for the wrong reasons!  Still, here's the deal:


 You have had such wonderful posts lately and when I go to comment, all of them are swallowed.… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2012 11:23AM

What is a Paradigm Shift?

                   Nonlanla leads the Paradigm Shift  graduates in song!

When I was gro
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Write a story in which, at some point, a character breaks into song.



 The day that little Alekwa died Chila brought in water from outside to pour him a bath.  She had heard that the water wouldRead full post »

JULY 7, 2012 5:05AM



Write a story beginning with these words: She never let him




She never let him eat from a restaurant that had a drive through or paper napkins.  She never let him forget to floss… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 2, 2012 9:28AM

The Homeland Dance - A Story of Immigration


My story of immigration is not about me coming to America – it is about me leaving America.


There can’t be an entry without an exit (in the realm of immigration) and that seems to be the greatest lesson

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Write a story in which a character unexpectedly has to take care of another character's pet. 


I don’t know why the last thing on my mind when I leave the house for Nina's isRead full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 11:41AM

Nora and Me

              Me and Nora

She convinced me to be myself from a large screen in a theater through words that Meryl Streep spoke.

I went home and found out that a woman named Nora Ephron wrote the script and it was based on her own divorce… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2012 11:32AM

Moons and Junes and Open Salon



                  Me lighthing candles during a power outage (this is my OS banner) 


June is amazing here.  

 First of all, it's freezing at night and the waxing mo… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 8:30AM


Mario with his police dog, Dux, around the time we met.



I met him when I was nineteen years old, working with my friend, Lisa Beutler, the inaugural celebration of Leo McCarthy, California’s new Lieutenant Governor.  He doesn’t remember meeting me, since we wer

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JUNE 12, 2012 10:42AM

end - or is it? JD's open call




 I knew the ending

I had skipped to the back one day


in detail; in want of comfort

it was supposed to be a certain way....


the kings led by spirit hands… Read full post »



                 The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre


It was 1987 and I weighed 135 pounds.  Those were the days...

I was also an insecure girlf… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2012 3:43PM

Elvis has Left the Building



In “The Man Who Came To Dinner”, the lead character, Sheridan is a curmudgeon who is delightful and witty and pretends to hate everyone.  My son once played him in his own s… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2012 2:54AM

Knowing My Father



My favorite pictures of my Dad and me are decoupaged to a canoe oar that is in my parent’s entryway.  The pics were chosen by sister, Colleen from the wealth of camping pictures we took every summer on the Ryan family vac

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My excellent friend, Pindai, a woman of statuesque beauty and honourable reputation posts things on her facebook page that makes me think. 


Today, an unfortunate press release from a Zimbabwean senator, Morgan Femai , woke me up and threw me against a wall.  He

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