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Open Doors

Below is my response to the first ever RedInkling Writing Challenge! If you haven’t written yours yet, make sure to check out the Challenge here:


The house glowed from within. The house, the home, the place, the only place.
The last place.

That house was the the place where I was born. The place where I shot into the world, wet and screaming. At least that’s what I remember. But memories are unreliable. My memory, especially cannot be trusted.¬† It plays tricks on me and false things appear to be true.

I was walking once, outside in the field with the long grass and the yellow flowers. I walked with my head lost in sky and my bare toes buried in earth. I walked and I walked until I found the edge of the world. I stood on the edge and the warm yellow breeze nudged me from behind.

I wanted to fall but my toes wouldn’t let me. I stood on the edge for a long, long time. Years and years passed behind me, nothing at all happened in front. For years I stood and when I finally fell, I fell for so long that I almost got lost. When I landed I was small and wet and screaming. It was then that I saw my mother’s face for the first time, although I’d known her forever.

I told her that story once and she said that it was a dream.

The house glowed from within but no forms inside cast shadows on the walls.

The last story is the one I remember best but I cannot know if it is true. The day it happened on was a sunny day. The air was warm but the soil was still cool. I followed a stream and found a riffle and waded through water that was up to my knees. The pebbles were smooth beneath my feet and I stood in the water for a long time. When I got tired of standing I went back to shore and lay down in the grass and closed my eyes.

Never asleep, I was alert behind my eyelids but so much time passed as I thought that soon I was cold without realizing it was cooling. It was a long walk home.

I saw home sooner than usual. At first it was a yellow glow on the horizon where there’s usually just a smudge. When I got close I saw that all of the doors were open; all of the lights were on. It shone brighter than I’d ever seen, cleaner than I’d ever known it to. When I went inside, it was empty. I waited outside because the lights made the house cold and harsh and none of the switches responded when I flipped them. After an hour the lights turned off. I waited outside until the sun came up.

Eventually I went inside. Still empty, but the house was home again.

I do not know if this last memory is real.




Calling All Writers!

Welcome to The RedInkling’s very first Writing Workshop Challenge!

One of my main goals with this blog is to use it as a platform for communication with other writers. I move around too much to really get involved with a workshop group in my local area and I think it would be so amazing if writers could share their work with a group of people who are mutually invested in improving their writing and having as much fun as possible.

You, my reader, are a rare gem. You’re like a majestic sea turtle; you’re beautiful and unique and there aren’t that many of you. BUT! If we all work together, I think that we can build a respectful and productive community of writers. So let’s get started! Here’s how it will work:

  • I’ll post a picture.
  • The writers’ mission will be to use the photo as a prompt to write a story, a poem, a description; whatever you want. Be creative and have fun with it!
  • Then, post your piece on your blog with a link back to this page. You can title it whatever you want, just make sure to link back so I know that you’ve posted something.
  • I’ll post links on here to each of your posts and then
  • we can have an online workshop! You will be able to click through everyone else’s work from here. Read each one and comment on what you like but especially on what you think could be improved. Be constructive and give the type of feedback that you would like to receive. Make sure to vote for your favorites with likes!

Hopefully this will be a beneficial experience and, we’ll all get to read and write some really fun stuff! So if you’d like to participate, check out the photo below and then get writing!

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I’m so excited! Happy writing!