POST 7: April 28, 2017

More warm-ups to try:

Use these warm-ups whenever you’re in need of an idea. And stockpile them in your journal, even though they may not seem useful at this time, you can always come back to them again and again.

LETTER– Write a letter to someone out-of-town of just write the letter to an imaginary person, describing something or someone this person has never seen.  It could be your garden, neighborhood, a refurnished room in your house, your new car, pet or a newborn child. Write as complete a description as you can.

SCENE– Pick a scene from a book you thought was just okay and rewrite it.  Change it every way possible until you are pleased with your improved version as long as it still fits the story’s overall purpose.


POST 6: March 24, 2017


This week let’s try some warm-ups.  What’s a warm-up? It’s an idea starter, a mind jogger, something to help you write when your brain power is slowing down or you just can’t get started.  We’ll try two this week and add more in the following weeks.

Character Sketch:  Write a few paragraphs about a character you want to use in a short story or novel. Who is this person?  Describe this person–looks, hobbies, job, likes/dislikes, life’s goals.  What is keeping this person from obtaining those goals/desires?  Keep writing about this person until you feel you have been friends for years.

Dialogue:  Eavesdrop on a conversation at the office, in the grocery store, at the health club or at a social event, and then recreate that conversation as dialogue for your story.  Write it until it reads like people actually talk to each other.

More warm-ups on their way…

POST 5: February 27, 2017

Okay, we are back to writing prompts.  Here are three you may want to try this week.

1.  Choose a poem you like.  Take the last line and use that line as the first line of your own poem.

2.  Begin a story with “There was once a chance I didn’t take…”

3.  ”A funny thing happened on my way to…”

Good luck and maybe some of you would like to share?



POST 4: February 19, 2017

Soooo Sorry; I didn’t forget about all of you, but… No excuses.  I didn’t get enough entries for my Forever Home, Forever Toby book so I had to can that project for now.  Instead I started cleaning out files, and we all know what that means.  While looking through some of my articles and stories from way back, I decided to compile some of them in a book on its own merit which meant retyping many of the older ones before my computer days.  I can just see some of the young folks eyes rolling. But, yes, some of us lived and wrote before computer days; simply called “typing” double-spaced.

The tentative title for this project is “Here I Am”–still tossing ideas for a subtitle. Any suggestions?

When I originally started this Web page, I posted a weekly writing prompt, hoping that I would get some creative juices flowing and more responses.  That didn’t happened, but I think I may go back to a weekly prompt just to stay more in touch.

So it’s back to the drawing board or writing pad for now–I’ll be back sooner than the last break.  Thanks for your patience.


Post 3: April 2, 2016

Time to start Book Project #12–working title “Forever Home, Forever Toby; Twenty-six True Stories About Humankind’s BEST BUDDIES”

Here’s what wellness claims: Pet a puppy or kitten and feel better–fast!  Pets provide so much joy to their owners that they deserve a special place in stories (and so many have).  So let’s have at least one more book about these creatures that brought so much happiness into your life.

Remembering: gold fish, gerbils, white mice, butterflies you caught and then freed, there’s also lightening bugs, lady bugs and other such critters you bottled or shoe-boxed.  How about playful squirrels, mischievous raccoons, red and black ants (Ouch!) and the Easter bunny, along with ducks and geese, turtles and frogs, parakeets and other feathered friends inside or outside your house.  The list goes for miles until it ends or rather starts with the ever-faithful dog and persnickety cat.

Accepting submissions until May 10, 2016; word count around 750; stories can be funny or sad, some significant happening you remember, want to write about and share with other pet lovers about your “best buddy or maybe buddies.”

Please email text only to me at; no pictures at this time.  My editorial staff will review each entry and we will select the tales for the book.  Please email me with any questions you have at any time.  With your help, this will be a fun project to work on and a delightful book to read.  Thank you. -eileenbirin-

Post 2: March 5, 2016

In Post 1, I forgot to mention two other health related books I read since the beginning of 2016.  The first is Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d better call her back! by Gina Murphy-Darling (aka Mrs. Green).  This book carries the author’s passionate message of respect for Mother Earth and identifies many of the environmental challenges we face, and how we can begin to live in order to preserve this planet that we all share.

Earthing; the most important health discovery ever! by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and Martin Zucker. This well-researched book explains how we can reconnect to the Earth and heal.  Interesting concept- when I tried to connect to the only piece of actual ground I have around the house, the grassy area in the backyard, I was standing barefooted for a few minutes and when I decided to look at my feet, they were covered with ANTS!  I think my real Earthing will have to wait until I’m on some sandy beach.

Share what you have been reading of late.  Now I’m back to fiction-just finished Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.  If anyone read this book, I would be interested in what you thought before I give my review.  Maybe because I taught teenagers for 36 years in the Chicago area, I knew the ending well in advance.

Still planning on another collection book; I’ll keep you all posted.  In the meantime, keep reading and writing.

Post 1: February 1, 2016

For some reason, I entered a health/wellness, brain balancing and successful aging kick since the new year. Here’s what I have been reading–may be of interest to some of you:

Grain Brain, David Perlmutter, M.D.

Live Long, Die Short, Roger Landry, M.D.

Drop Dead Healthy, A.J. Jacobs

The Power of NO, James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher

Super Brain, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D

I rounded out the above with Dick Van Dyke’s Keep Moving since it also dealt with tips and truths about aging.

Each book presented the basic principles of healthy living and aging: diet, exercise, keep active/busy, social human contacts etc. which we have heard for years, but need to be reminded now and then if only to put us back on track.

Over the next few months, I may elaborate on each of the books if you like.  Send suggestions on which ones you would like to hear about.  Also share what you have been reading lately.  These posts may make for better give and take among us.

Check for See With Words; Capturing the Essence of Writing.  I’m still trying to find a local printer so I can have some soft-covered books available through my Web site.  The printer I have used in the past is out of business.   I’ll stay in touch with the first fiction book I’ve read so far this year.



SEE With Words–an eBook

SEE With Words; Capturing the Essence of Writing is now an eBook, available through  The book sells for $3.99 and is only available as an eBook for now.  I am hoping to have a soft cover book available within the next month.


Here’s the blurb:

What makes a writer tick?  SEE With Words captures the forever journey of a number of writers’ unique styles and voices.  From one line quotes to full poems, essays and stories SEE With Words portrays the infinite variety of writings; the expressed spirit and passions of the written word.  Perhaps Lord Byron said it best, “A drop of ink may make a million to think.”

Almost there. See With Words; Capturing the Essence of Writing is my next eBook.  Had some problems with Kindle previewer, but I think they are fixed by now so the book should be ready for Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords before Thanksgiving.  This was a fun project and I’m glad I worked through it.  For starters, it will only be an eBook, but most people read books on their mobile devices anyhow so it should be okay.  I’m thinking of a soft cover book down the road–maybe in January so I can have some at book signings and book fairs.  More to follow so keep checking this Web site.  Thanks for your patience.

Sorry for not keeping up

I have been so negligent keeping you with this post; and I do apologize.  I am using most of the info entitled SEE with Words and also some entries contributors sent to me.  This will be only an eBook sold through Amazon for probably $1.99.  Right now it is being done digitally–as soon as it is completed, I will inform all you  followers that you could  get a book mailed directly to your eReader.  Once this book is in the marketplace, I will then get back to a weekly wring prompt.  Thanks for your patience.

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