Month: May 2017 (page 1 of 3)

Blog Prompt: Week 9


5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.


Again using the looping technique practiced in class and given once before as a generative blog prompt, use the writing of your classmates—or your own writing—as a leaping off point. Revisit a post you want to take further or examine from a changed perspective. Go somewhere you haven’t before. Go deeper. It’s your last chance.


  1. Every day, read a variety of your own and your classmates’ blog posts from the previous weeks.
  2. Every day, select one of these posts to use as the leaping-off point. Choose posts that inspire you in a variety of ways.
  3. Draw one line from the selected post.
  4. Write this line on “a fresh page” outside the blog environment.
  5. Write for 5 minutes, drawing from your own experiences, questions and observations.
  6. Read what you just wrote. This is not your blog post.
  7. Pull forward one line.
  8. Write this line on “a fresh page.”
  9. Again, write for 5 minutes.
  10. This still is not your blog post.
  11. Select a line.
  12. Use this line to start the final loop; write it on a fresh page.
  13. Write for 5 minutes.
  14. Reread this. Still not your blog post.
  15. Now, having done all this generative, exploratory work, write again—synthesize, refine, edit. Craft a finished paragraph that synthesizes the ideas, feelings, observations and images that issued from the loops. To “craft” is to pay attention to the ways form and content work together to convey meaning. This final short piece may be a “snapshot,” a scene, a nugget of insight, a series of questions…something that feels complete in its own way.
  16. This is your post! Copy and paste it into your blog.
  17. IMPORTANT: At the start of each post, before your own finished writing:
    1. write the original line you used as your inspiration in quotes,
    2. credit the author by first name only,
    3. hyperlink the line to its source. Use Hypertext How-To for help.

Note: A “Looping How-to” has been posted separately. It provides a tiny bit more guidance on the looping exercise.

Blog Community Service:

Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings.

Formal Requirements:

  • Posts may include images and text.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.

Quiet Lesson

Patience is not something directly taught, but directly viewed. You spoke of the word patience, and told me at times to be patient, but never said “let me show you.” Maybe that was your plan the whole time, hoping that I would catch onto the thing you had mastered, and I did. Now it is something we can see in each other as we grow into the individuals we are becoming. 

Hermann Hesse

It all started with Siddhartha and the way that book made me question so many things in my life. Questions that are still unanswered but the answers I got were influential. Your ability to tell a story is profound and really draws in a reader. You books brought me back to when I was a kid staying up late to finish the book I was reading, suspense refusing my tired body to fall asleep. Thank you for rejuvenating the magic of literature.  

(Some) Things Change

You never spoke much, but that makes sense since both of your parents had passed away before you were 6. Thinking about it now you never really had to, you spoke through your actions. Maybe that’s why we always went to the movies, you let the actors do the talking. It now seems that you are trying to make up for the lack of conversation, I’ll do my part. It takes two for a conversation.

Vinyl Records

Late at night, almost every night of the week, I would find myself in your room, in your basement. Clouds of smoke circled the ceiling dissipating to who knows where. Iron and Wine sprang out of the vinyl player enticing our young minds. What started out as an unfamiliar tune quickly turned into a piece of me. Led Zeppelin and Neil Young soon joined us, followed by CSN and Bob.

Blog Prompt: Week 8


5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.


For each post, choose an individual from your life, from literature, from your own writing.

Create a list of the things that individual has taught you; the list should be entitled, “Things That X Taught Me.”

Create a list of the things that the same individual did not teach you; this list should be entitled, “Things That X Did Not Teach Me.”

List items can be short or paragraph-long.

Lists can be in the shape of a list, or can run together as a block of text.

The post can be these lists, or you can “loop” an item from one list or the other in order to arrive at a more synthesized piece.

Blog Community Service:

Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings. Be respectful and encouraging.

Formal Requirements:

  • You may respond with images and/or text
  • All content must be original—of your own making.



Where did you come from/how did you arrive?

The drooping flowers greeted me this evening as I returned from work. I’ll take any form of sincere acknowledgement that I can get. Sitting in a chair that is positioned directly across from the glass sliding door acts as a mirror that I’d rather not have to face. And then I venture off to rooms shared on Eugene, OR craigslist.   

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