collateral damage

Imagine a world where owning a luxury condo, in a missile silo buried 174 feet underground, is a sign of affluence. Imagine a world where 1,820-square-foot condos sturdy enough to withstand a nuclear attack are selling faster than they can be built. What happens when Sci Fi and Cli Fi stop being fiction? That's a lot … Continue reading collateral damage


It isn't difficult to imagine apocalyptic outcomes for our world. Story lines and character motivations are revealed every day - rich with plots and subplots, political trickery and ecological treachery. Writing prompt: Read: North Texans to Texas Railroad Commission: Stop the 'Frackquakes' and: Leaked Transcript Gives Oil Lobbyist Taste of His Own Medicine Write this into fiction. Change … Continue reading Frackquakes

wolf cries

Dystopias are realizations of exaggerated worst-case scenarios. They can be manifested from abuse of power,and they wreak havoc - impacting - even obliterating - the delicate balance of social, scientific, economic and natural ecologies. Enter the world depicted here - map the route, track the cries of 'wolf' that were true, but discredited, predictions.      Werewolf79 … Continue reading wolf cries

twitter recap

For those of you who don't follow me @ebszabo on Twitter, here's what you missed: #RulesOnWriting #BreakTheRules be consistent and create your own #CreativeWriting #Innovation #WriteNow  #FreeConsult @MargaretAtwood “forces us to see in such sharp relief that we feel compelled to share her worries and thus to act on them.” #DrewFaust #Read to write & … Continue reading twitter recap

open here

Consumer reports can help with more than product research, comparison, and ratings. Open a story with one of these lines from How To Clean Practically Anything “It is usually recommended that you leave the scanner flat and lock the…” Or “Failure to properly care for an answering machine may invalidate the…” Draw the story from … Continue reading open here

twitter recap

For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter @ebszabo here's what you missed. Enjoy: #6WordStory Plot in six! “Failed SAT. Lost Scholarship. Invented Rocket.” #WilliamShatner @WilliamShatner #SaveSciFi #CliFi #CreativeWriting #SixWordStory Plot in six! “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” #ErnestHemingway #ShortShortFiction #FlashFiction #CreativeWriting #Fiction #6WordStory Plot in six! “Longed for him. Got him. … Continue reading twitter recap

twitter recap for the week

For those of you who don’t follow me @ebszabo on Twitter, here’s what you missed – enjoy: #Inspiration “To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” #ThomasEdison #CreativeWriting #BreakRules #WhyWrite? “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” #CarlSagan #Cosmos #WriteTheJourney #Discovery #Go The #perfectTimeTo #write is when you … Continue reading twitter recap for the week

Final Flight

Do you wonder how our conduct on earth will define our future here? As writers, we have the power to imagine consequences and write them into compelling stories that can bring deeply felt perspectives and change minds. CliFi is a literary genre dedicated to doing just that. In order for the worlds we create in CliFi to … Continue reading Final Flight