Month: February 2014

The Stolen Child

“The Stolen Child” by W.B. Yeats Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we’ve hid our faery vats, Full of berries And


Pre-Reading Questions: Give some examples of common topics in science fiction novels and films. What have you read about experiments involving increased intelligence? Do you believe that we will one day be able to achieve this goal? Read “Barney” by

Glistening Marble of Immortality

Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?

Life Without a Computer

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?


Your entire community – however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues – is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.


You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away – but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?


You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?


You’ve been exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

The Path of Life

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school – about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.


You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?


You’re set to play poker (or Scrabble or something else . . .) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game. Or, describe the ideal match: the players, the relationships – and the hidden rivalries.

Palm Reader

You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?


You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?


You’re having a nightmare, and have to choose between three doors. Pick one, and tell us about what you find on the other side.


You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely – bike? Hot air balloon?)

A Plot of Land

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?


You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?

Dream Home

You win a contest to build your dream home. Tell us all about it. What features will it have?


You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

Good News

You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?


You receive a gift that is bittersweet and makes you nostalgic. What is it?

Make a Change

You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

Make a Mix Tape

You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

New Skill

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Enact a Single Law

You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

Three Wishes

You have been grated three wishes. The caveat is that you cannot wish for anything for yourself. What do you wish for?

Your Ideal Home

You have all the resources you need to built your ideal home. Tell us about it.

Address the Whole World

You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio ? choose your format). What would you say?


You get to produce your own television show. What’s it about? Who’s starring in it? Describe it in detail.

Fantastic News

You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What?s the first thing you do?

Freaky Friday

You experience your own “Freaky Friday”, and switch bodies with someone you love/hate. Tell us what happens.

Mysterious Potion

You encounter a mysterious man offering you a magic potion that, once sipped, will make one of your senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) super sharp ? but dull the others. Will you sip it, and if so, what sense


You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?


Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that?s been sticking with you this week.

“State of My Year”

Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.

Wake Up

Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)


Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of.

First Name

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

Slang or Dialect

Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.


Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.

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