+ Write a story from the viewpoint of a groundskeeper at the graveyard — avoiding any of the typical trappings of the horror genre. Make it mundane, even. Avoid using speculative fiction technique at all until you get to page three. Then, if you need to jazz things up, let her rip.
+ Devise a plot surrounding a schoolyard bully…when he’s elderly, in the nursing home.
+ Describe a tuft of stiff hair that has grown in a very unexpected place on your main character’s body.
If you publish something instigated by this department, let me know and I’ll mention it here! Congratulations this time around to D.W. Green, for his story “Surgical Puppet Theater,” which will appear in the upcoming anthology, Darkened Horizons.