Illustrious. Roast.

A few weeks ago, I solicited my Facebook fans for one noun, adjective, or verb. Thanks to Jennifer Grant and Jane McDaniel, I received two words: illustrious and roast, respectively. Undeniably an adjective, illustrious was easy. However, roast can easily pull double duty as noun or verb. Though for me, roasting conjures images of my car, baking in the Florida sun, and me, nearly suffocating after entering said sweltering car. So, I tend to think of roast as an action word. But I'm a writer. Is it not my duty to use "roast" as both noun and verb? Read on for the result.

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Evil Foods

Due to food allergies, my relationship with food is tenuous at best. Even though food can make me violently ill, I still associate food and drink with celebration and comfort. In fact, shoveling dedicated-fryer French fries into my mouth sometimes feels as good as snuggling under a warm blanket on a cold day. With this thought in mind, I recently asked Facebook fans to share a favorite food. I received some great feedback, which sparked the following short story (some fact, some fiction). Read on for the result.

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The Writer's Mind

Creativity can spring from a single word. So, I asked my Facebook fans to give me one (word, that is). Here is what I got: void, onomatopoeia, gentrification, Stygian, and hemoglobin. I thought about writing a story or poem for each word; however, the urge to string these crazy words together into one story proved too appealing. Read on for the result.

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