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Between Yin and Yang

“We are not meant to cross this without passing through it. Kit–” Rasali said, as if starting a sentence, and then fell silent. After a moment she began to speak again, her voice low, as if she were speaking to herself. “The soul often hangs in a balance of some sort: tonight, do I lie down in the high fields with Dirk Tanner or not? At the fair, do I buy ribbons or wine? For the new ferry’s headboard, do I use camphor or pearwood? Small things, right? A kiss, a ribbon, a grain that coaxes the knife this way or that. They are not, Kit Meinem of Atyar. Our souls wait for our answer, because any answer changes us. This is why I wait to decide what I feel about your bridge. I’m waiting until I know how I will be changed.”

“You can never know how things will change you,” Kit said.

“If you don’t, you have not waited to find out.” –Kij Johnson, The Man Who Bridged the Mist in Asimov’s Science Fiction

Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story about someone who is waiting to see how things will change him or her.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you waited to see how something would change you before you committed. Afterwards, were you right about how you changed or not?

Art Prompt: Waiting for Change

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waiting, waiting, waiting

I began to exist in a tension between wanting and not wanting-waiting for something I couldn’t even pin down in my most naked and honest moments. Waiting for a balance where I neither ached nor forgot, regretted nor accepted. Waiting for my heart to be light again yet fearing the implications of that same lightness. I suppose I waited for peace-an end to my own personal warfare. -Nicole Baart, After the Leaves Fall

Writing Prompt: What is your character waiting for? How does he or she feel as he waits?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had to wait for something important. How did it feel?

Art Prompt: Waiting
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Give your audience strategies for surviving a difficult wait.

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On the platform, reading

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“In the last quarter of the twentieth century, at a time when Western civilization was declining too rapidly for comfort and yet too slowly to be very exciting, much of the world sat on the edge of an increasingly expensive theater seat, waiting – with various combinations of dread, hope, and ennui – for something momentous to occur.” -Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

Writing Prompt: Write the scene where that something momentous occurs.

Journaling Prompt: What momentous event are you waiting for?

Art Prompt: Waiting

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what you are waiting for.

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