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NEW:Fill in the Blank; Gina's Tuesday Writing Prompt #3

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Flaherty Pagan Nov 1, 2011. 10 Replies

Hi She Writers!This one is fun -- a fill in the Blank Writing Prompt.Go for it.Can life get easier than a fill-in-the-blank? I do this exercise w/writing groups, so I know it works! Your best friend…Continue

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My brother sent this email to me: "My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do."I've always been a rotten sleeper. My brother also used to be a rotten sleeper but now he says he just waits until 1 a.m. before lying down. Such tricks don't work for me: As soon as I shut my eyes, I'm met with an elaborate display constructed by the Freudian Fireworks Company spelling out the word "Failure." The moment I put my head on the pillow, I picture myself…See More
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English Majors Are Prepared To Do Anything

College students have always worried about the Big Talk they might need to have with their parents.In 1847, a student at the University of Pennsylvania might have had to explain to his parents that he joined one of the literary societies, which, on the eve of the Civil War, debated the role of…See More
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Not All Of Them Were The Good Old Days

ound myself feeling deeply nostalgic for a scent my mother used to wear: Jean Nate. Its signature hip, plastic yellow bottle with its circular black top represented the ultimate in sophistication.I was explaining this sentimental memory to a friend who interrupted me by saying, "They still sell the stuff, Gina. You could find it at Walgreens. You can get it at Target. You could even buy it at Sears, you know, while you're there picking up a self-cleaning oven. They didn't stop making it just…See More
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Don't Be Distracted By Trump, There's Work To Do

After sitting through every moment of the very long and unspectacular Trump inaugural festivities — cheering only during the Rural Tractor Brigade — I started to feel as if it might be tough to sit still through the next administration.Four years of somebody who says it isn't raining on him when it is raining on him? Four years of somebody who says the audience is bigger than anything anybody has ever seen when even the reporters from conservative newspapers are saying the stands on the parade…See More
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We Are More Than Ourselves

Spending some leisure time at the Department of Motor Vehicles a few days ago, I overheard two men talking: "Did you hear about all those women going to Washington this week?" one asked. His pal waved away his friend's concern with a reassuring reply, "Not all of them. Just the smart ones."It's true that a lot of smart women — and men — are headed to D.C. this week. But they're not en route to celebrate the inauguration of …See More
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The Five Safe Things Left To Talk About

What do you consider a safe yet intriguing topic for conversation? Does such a thing still exist? We seem to be living in a world so fraught, so divided, so tense and so eager to engage in belligerence instead of banter that we have more or less forfeited our willingness to address with respect and civility those whose opinions oppose ours.These days, discussing previously acceptable subjects such as the weather or health can lead to fistfights. A comment about the rain in Spain can turn into a…See More
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Maturity Is Getting It Done, No Whining

Are you mature enough to pass the light bulb test?I'd been sharing my mid-20s with an educated, sane man for more than two years when he remarked in his cheerful British accent how amazed he was that given all the time we'd been in our apartment, not one light bulb had ever stopped working.I looked up from the pile of papers I was grading to double-check he was not kidding. He wasn't."What did you think happened? I sold my soul to the lamp fairy? We practically live in a basement. I replace…See More
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No Sleep With All This Worrying

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

My brother sent this email to me: "My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do."

I've always been a rotten sleeper. My brother also used to be a rotten sleeper but now he says he just waits until 1 a.m. before lying down. Such tricks don't work for me: As soon as I shut my eyes, I'm met with an elaborate display constructed by the Freudian Fireworks Company spelling out the word…

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English Majors Are Prepared To Do Anything

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

College students have always worried about the Big Talk they might need to have with their parents.

In 1847, a student at the University of Pennsylvania might have had to explain to his parents that he joined one of the literary societies, which, on the eve of the Civil War, debated the…

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Not All Of Them Were The Good Old Days

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

ound myself feeling deeply nostalgic for a scent my mother used to wear: Jean Nate. Its signature hip, plastic yellow bottle with its circular black top represented the ultimate in sophistication.

I was explaining this sentimental memory to a friend who interrupted me by saying, "They still sell the stuff, Gina. You could find it at Walgreens. You can get it at Target. You could even buy it at Sears, you know, while you're there picking up a self-cleaning oven. They didn't stop making…

Continue

Don't Be Distracted By Trump, There's Work To Do

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 1:09pm 1 Comment

After sitting through every moment of the very long and unspectacular Trump inaugural festivities — cheering only during the Rural Tractor Brigade — I started to feel as if it might be tough to sit still through the next administration.

Four years of somebody who says it isn't raining on him when it is raining on him? Four years of somebody who says the audience is bigger than anything anybody has ever seen when even the reporters from conservative newspapers are saying the stands on…

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At 8:39pm on August 16, 2011, Deborah Batterman said…
Every day a new discovery . . .  I look forward to connecting with you here on She Writes.
At 12:18pm on August 3, 2011, DuEwa Frazier said…

Hi Regina,

Just wondering - do we send our response to you?  Is there a specific guideline on length for the response?  Thanks and I look fforward to getting more of your prompts.  Be well.

At 3:33pm on February 23, 2011, Monica Epstein said…
I live in the Washington DC area, and I love when you're featured in Gene Weingarten's column, Below the Beltway. To be honest, I wasn't even sure you were a real person until I saw your post here. I thought maybe Gene made you up. Now I know I have many places to look for your opinions. Thanks for posting the series The Truth About Writing and Publishing.
At 7:40am on February 26, 2010, Kamy Wicoff said…
Hi Regina! Cynthia just nominated you to edit Best American Essays in 2011 -- I read it on her SW page. Cool. Glad you are here -- and don't forget to nominate women or writers of color Houghton Mifflin Harcourt seems to be having so much trouble locating, and send your picks to Lori Glazer (head of publicity for HMH) at
lori_glazer@hmhpub.com
 
 
 

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