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Day 363-366 Risk: A Lesson In Fear

Day 363-366 Risk: A Lesson In Fear

When I envisioned the weekend of my thirtieth birthday, I imagined Mexican beaches and margaritas. Or karaoke and Asian cuisine. When the weekend got closer and the planning began, I envisioned the circus show we’d be going to, and playing in the park. What I did not imagine was that the days leading up to … Continue reading

Day 361 Risk: Read a Story at an Open Mic

Day 361 Risk: Read a Story at an Open Mic

When I checked the email about the storytelling open mic on Monday, I caught the following request at the bottom: “Please no poetry or prose fiction.” Damn. I need to read my emails more carefully. Up until this point, I had planned on reading one of the short stories I’ve written and revised for my … Continue reading

Day 357 Risk: Read A Short Story At Writing Group

I am loving, absolutely and completely loving my fiction class. From the writing prompts our instructor has given us, I’ve completed three short stories that I can stand behind. And I finally feel ready to read some of this work aloud. There’s an open mic next week, specifically devoted to storytelling, and I’m almost positive … Continue reading

Day 347 Risk: Submit For A Writing Audition

There was no forethought to this risk, no days of pondering and questioning, running through possible scenarios of how this risk would turn out. I didn’t even think twice about this risk, instead I acted completely on impulse. A good friend of mine emailed me at the beginning of the week letting me know about … Continue reading

Day 344 Risk: Attempt A Day Without Interrupting

Day 344 Risk: Attempt A Day Without Interrupting

Hi. My name is D. And I’m a chronic interrupter. It’s a terrible habit, formed from a childhood in an Italian American household. Dinners were loud, boisterous affairs, where dialogue intermixed with gnawing and chewing, where stories were long and drawn out, each member throwing in their own their version. No one held your hand … Continue reading