The Truth

“Do you know any ghost stories, Mr. Fort?” asked Tony. He liked to tell us the ones his grandmother told from the old country, all about gypsies and potions and vengeful friars.

Mr. Fort turned and looked at him. “Ghost stories, my boy? They’re just the gossip of the dead. What kind of damned fool wastes his heightened awareness of all time and space to come back and tell you that he loves you? Or where the family treasure is buried? Or who killed him? They all say the same things, those ghosts, none of it interesting. None of it sublime.” He snorted. “The whole world is a ghost, echoing and fading from the perfect original. We are the ghosts.” -Will Ludwigsen, We Were Wonder Scouts, Asimov’s Aug 2011

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a supernatural story that is firmly set in the natural world.

Journaling Prompt: If you were to die unexpectedly today, what would you want to communicate to your family after your death? Why aren’t you telling them now?

Art Prompt: We Are the Ghosts

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the fascination with the paranormal and how it affects our ability to perceive the miraculous in the natural world.

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