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Tips from the Bar: Santa Has Not Been Nice

Tips from the Bar

Ripped from the headlines: this week in Michigan, a woman was arrested for saying inappropriate things to a mall Easter bunny.

Is there something you wish you had said to the mall bunny, Santa, or other character? Is there something you would say now? If you were working in this capacity, what do you …

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Tips from the Bar

Adam Stone rehashes a prompt given by Omoizele Okoawo in 2002:
“All I need is a room.”

Tips from the Bar: The Way to Your Heart

Tips from the Bar

Consider the thing you would most like to eat right now: something that would fortify you emotionally, digestively, or gustatorily. Now compare it to the thing you most recently ate.

Tips from the Bar: BotWho?

Tips from the Bar

Write a poem using the Botnik keyboard of your choice.

Tips from the Bar: Freddy Krueger Works in HR

Tips from the Bar

Consider a work-related nightmare (the waking or dreaming kind). Revise it to fit your own needs.

Tips from the Bar: Aw, Shark Week!

Tips from the Bar

Create an obscenity based on something you love, but hate that you love.

Tip From the Bar: John Cusack, Get Off My Lawn

Tips from the Bar

Take on an event from pop culture, or in your own life, in the voice of an unusual perspective. (Adam’s example: the boom box from Say Anything.)

Tips from the Bar: Adam in the Cluuuuuub

Tips from the Bar

Find a story about your favorite celebrity or fictional character acting out of character: a sincere celebrity being funny, or Eeyore dancing the Macarena, etc. Explain why it happened. Your explanation does not have to be real, only as true as you can make it.

Tips from the Bar: Rejected!

Tips from the Bar

Write a rejection letter for a condition or event that you politely decline to acknowledge as acceptable in your life.

Tips from the Bar: Absent Adam Part One

Tips from the Bar

Bartender Adam Stone may be on vacation, but he’s still working on prompts so you can work on poems:

Use a scientific fact that can be broadly explained in one sentences as the basis for a three minute folktale.