Cranking Up the Muse

As if my previous post on my own pro wrestling RPG was not enough! Here’s more!

After finishing work on my last novel, I’ve been having fun with writing short stuff. I did a writing challenge of four stories in one week last week. Now, I’m writing “vignettes”, basically story stuff that ain’t a story yet, by listening to Pandora (tuned to Mogwai!) and using ancient Japanese poems as writing prompts. It’s been a lot of fun, and here’s my favorite Japanese poem from today’s excursion

Though the purity

Of the moonlight has silenced

Both nightingale and

Cricket, the cuckoo alone

Sings all the white night.


If you dig these kind of “brainstorming” or “idea generating” writing activities, you might want to check out an article I wrote about it. “Hearing the Music” was published at the Internet Review of Science Fiction before they died, but the site is still up.



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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