Les Miserables: Even After all These Years

My sister-in-law gave me Les Miserables (by Victor Hugo) for Christmas one year. It was a big book, a tome. But, I was curious. I hadn’t read the book, seen the movies or performances. Also, the story is over 100 years old (closing in on 200 years even) and I really like history. What better way to see history than from the words written by someone who was there.
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Jenny Holzer Writes Projections as Art

Jenny Holzer is an artist presenting ideas in words for public spaces. 
The public dimension is integral to Holzer’s work. Her large-scale installations have included advertising billboards, projections on buildings and other architectural structures, and illuminated electronic displays. LED signs have become her most visible medium, although her diverse practice incorporates a wide array of media including street posters, painted signs, stone benches, paintings, photographs, sound, video, projections, the Internet, and a race car for BMW.
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Your Monster in Your Haunted House

Create your own haunted house.
Plan the layout, the type of rooms, the design and colours. Write about the street appeal and what people see, hear, smell and sense from out on the street.
Then, create the monster living in the house, the surprise in the centre of the maze of rooms and storytelling. What happened to create this monster and what will happen in the future?
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Caught Inside a Wreck

Kind of gruesome perhaps, but I found an interesting writing prompt on Once Written:

Build Character — Write a scene about what happens when a character you’re working gets trapped inside a car for two hours after a terrible car accident.

Write a Letter about Yourself

Look back on your year, from the end of last October to the nearing of the end of this October. In some spiritual beliefs this time of the year is about looking back, reflecting on the past and finding fresh inspiration for the future.

Write yourself a short letter. You could even try writing it in long hand if your penmanship hasn’t become too rusty from using the computer keyboard.… Read the rest

Long, Dark, Rusty Secrets

Two friends have a secret. Each has a different secret. Both secrets are unique and something they have kept from each other for years. Neither would ever dream of telling the other her secret.

What are the secrets each friend is keeping? Why do they keep these things secret from each other? How would the world, or their part of it, change if the secrets were not kept?

The Adventure of the Lost and Found Glove

You’ve lost one of the gloves Great Aunt Hettie gave to your for Christmas. She’s going to be pretty upset if you don’t show up wearing both of them. Today is her birthday and you really do want to be there for the party, you’re the one who organized it all.

At the subway station you find the lost and found.… Read the rest