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It's that most wonderful of seasons, the time when we celebrate our unity and shared values: political season.
Well, maybe not celebrate, exactly. And maybe not unity. Okay, you might even say it's the time when we divide to fight about our opposing values.
Yet, regardless of who you are and where you stand politically, there's one emotion you've surely felt sometime this political season: disgust.
What makes you feel disgust?
After completing this week's prompt, you'll have a perfect piece to submit to The Writer magazine's current contest. Our prompt, in fact, is the contest prompt!
The short story contest from the September 2016 issue is about education. The goal is to "put stories in front of as many people as possible."
What are you good at? What makes you unique? Can you juggle or hold your breath under water for a really long time? Are you extremely patient or enthusiastic? Do you have a knack for making people feel at ease? Do cats, dogs or children gravitate towards you? Are you a mime extraordinaire or a peace-maker? Say something nice about yourself! Make a list or an essay or both.
"Oh, no! Oh, no!" comes the often exclaimed phrase from the toddler.
"It's not really an 'Oh, no' situation if you did it on purpose," replies the parent in the sporadically standard way.
Pointlessly replies, because it misses the point. The toddler created the "Oh, no" situation intentionally. Drama is more fun. Anyone who knows stories knows it is true. Even toddlers.
A few years ago there was a meme going around Facebook that read, in at least one of its incarnations: I want you to comment on this status, sharing how you met me. But I want you to LIE. That’s right, just make stuff up. After you comment, copy this to your status so I can do the same. Many of the responses I saw were quick and simple, but some were quite elaborate, absurd, and entertaining paragraph-long mini-stories.