November 2015 archive

Nov 10

Hot Blacktop Ch. 5 – Burned

Mature content “You need to leave,” Sienna said, and pushed Saint away before his lips touched hers. Saint straightened to his full height. Sienna froze as his narrowed gaze locked to hers like a taught cable. She tried to hide her reaction, but her body burned for him. Then she blinked and he turned away, …

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Nov 08

Got Plot? Or Not

Like the stepping stones in the serene Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, storytellers recount tales moving through a series of classic plot points. The concept of plot stretches back to the earliest recorded histories: cave drawings, tribal tattoos, epic poems, plays and theatre. Plot is the weave of our history, ancestry, immigration and …

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Nov 06

Story Starters

“Bad decisions make good stories.” – Author Unknown “Let’s recreate the dinosaurs.” Bad decision, great story – “Jurassic Park.” Walking down a dark alley in the middle of the night during a zombie apocalypse is a dumb idea. Scary story – “The Walking Dead.” Disgruntled employee steals money from her employer and spends the night …

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Nov 03

Lesson learned about Airport Security

Going through airport security through the pre-check line is usually fast and efficient. I typically get through in 5-7 minutes from entering the line to leaving for the gate, although Atlanta and Washington Dulles take longer. For those unfamiliar with this great deal, pre-check passengers have gone through a rigorous background check. The result is …

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