November Recap

Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo—at least, for November. (Apparently, unlike NaNoWriMo, it's more of an ongoing thing.) It has been quite a month. When the month began, I was struggling to figure out where the anxiety I'd recently started feeling again for the first time in over a decade was coming from. The [...]


Today's writing prompt: Tell us how you feel about endings.Endings, like time itself, are flexible.Some endings are well-marked, clearly delineated. The end of an event, a project, or a process is celebrated with a closing ceremony. A movie or TV show ends with credits (often accompanied by music), copyright notices, various logos, and, some times, some [...]

Hidden No More (or Kevin’s Brush with Technology)

Better late than never—Tuesday's writing prompt: Tell us about the last thing you hid. Hah! Well, kids, this one is going to be rather boring, I'm afraid. The last thing I hid was purely accidental. Yesterday, I used Skype for the first time. I've long avoided video chat in general, and Skype in particular. I did [...]

Buy (Buy…Buy…)

Today's writing prompt: Tell us about the last thing a person or advertisement convinced you to buy. Advertising is all around us: TV commercials, radio spots, movie trailers, billboards, posters, print ads, stadium and arena names, sponsorships, etc. It would be easy to argue that almost every purchase we make is the end result of advertising [...]


It has been a week of strange dreams. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised by this. After all, periods of great change seem to be accompanied by much more vivid goings-on in my night-time interior landscape. The first half of 1992, during the last few months in Tokyo before I decided to decamp back [...]

Under Cover

Today's writing prompt: How important are book covers in getting you to read a book? The notion of judging a book by its cover is familiar to just about everyone, even those who don't spend time reading books. The saying goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover." But the fact that we still design [...]


Today's writing prompt: Describe an outfit that makes you feel good. (It can be from any period of your life.) Double points if you post a picture of yourself in the outfit. This is one of the least important concerns I have in life. Don't get me wrong—my clothes are clean, and there are some articles [...]