Friday, July 17, 2015



Guides and Prompts from Issue 63

It's hot outside. And, inside. You've waited for summer. You've waited for the heat. But, now, you sense the danger of your desires. The sun is setting and with the coming of night, your skin prickles with the danger that lurks behind that closed door, with the mystery of the rising moon, with the temptation of the person in the shadows. You know that control is no longer in your hands. Except in the writing of it. So, take a moment and write a story within the guidelines for Hot August Nights.
 HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up)  

1. Maximum length: 450 words.

2. The sub-theme is: appropriate.

3. The setting is: Biloxi, MI.

4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: by chance.
Write a story and post in comments or send to Cairo Room

Friday, July 3, 2015


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archives

Guides & Prompts from Issue 60

Financial problems abound.  Personal problems grow daily.  The environment is eroding from under our feet with glaciers melting, floods, and earthquakes. You have tried everything to bring about a change except one.  You have resisted calling on your personal saint.  After all, you don’t really believe you have one.  But, finally, things are so bad that you buy a candle, light it, call out “Help!” and wait for results.  And, what results, everything changes. Write a story about any saint/s (including the New Orleans Saints) and the miracles they make/do. 

TAPAS  (tiny morsels)
1.  Maximum length:  250 words.
2.  The sub-theme is:  requirements.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text:  every minute.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.

Write a story and post it in comments or send it to Cairo Room