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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 3

A Poet’s View with Jill EisnaugleJill Eisnaugle

Quote by
Emily Dickinsonir

Poem from
Jill Eisnaugleir – Ship of Gold

Guest Conversation with
Jill Eisnaugleir

Here is a little about Jill from her website (

“I began writing short stories due to a second grade school assignment in 1988; I began writing poetry as the result of a seventh grade school assignment in 1994. Since that school assignment in 1994, I have written over 1,300 poems and have achieved a great deal of personal and professional success, as a result.
My biggest influences in life are God, my family and my second and sixth grade teachers, Mrs. Regina Chaney of Jackson, Ohio and Mrs. Sharon Needham of Oak Hill, Ohio. Both teachers played a vital role in the path I am pursuing, today.

My writing inspirations are
Robert Frostir, Emily Dickinsonir, Edgar Allan Poeir, and R.L. Stineir, whose “Goosebumps” children’s book series (combined with the fun-nature of Sharon Needham’s Reading class), took me from being a “fair-weathered” reader to someone who has a much greater appreciation for the world of imagination that exists between two book covers.”

Short Story prompt:
Lighting the Streetlight Way

During the editing process, part of our conversation with Jill was shortened for time. Jill wanted to make sure that we included this important piece to the posting and the notes…

“As a postscript to my interview, I would like to extend a personal thank-you to Marc Sherman, FM Operations Manager at Clear Channel Houston and afternoon disc jockey at SUNNY 99.1 (KODA-FM). Over the course of the last four years, as my friend, my mentor, my expert poem reader, and one of my biggest supporters (both in my life and my writing), Marc has played an integral part in my success. Thank you, Marc; I could not possibly have been as successful as I have been without your support! You’re
simply the best.”

Running Time: 33 minutes 25 seconds

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 14

Story Institute, your online and in-print source for imagining, enhancing, and growing stories, is proud to announce the winners of its Spring, 2009 United States poetry contest.

All first and second place winners will be featured in upcoming Story Institute RamblingVerser podcasts and newsletters. Along with the winning poems, entries from selected poets will appear in an upcoming anthology released at the end of 2009.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 15

This week’s show features other entries to our poetry contest and some general thoughts and prompts for writing…sit back, relax, and enjoy the show…

Quote –
Isaac Asimov – “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”

Poem #1: Timothy Russell –
The Fifty Things Wrong With This Picture

Poem #2: Suzanne Grenoble –

Poem #3: Jody McMaster –
Ad Finem

Poem #4: Lamar Cole –
The Night Was Made for Romance

Poem #5: Kaylee Lyn Gates –
Life is Rough

Writing Prompt: Spend time with a famous author and live in their time. Research environment, author, and community…interact with the author and the details that surrounded them.

Imagine, Enhance, and Grow your stories…

Running Time: 8 minutes 8 seconds

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 25 - Time Back from Beyond

Time Back from Beyond…New focus and new writing prompts…
Quote of the week: “I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.”
~ Samuel Beckett
Short Story Focus and Topic: “The Open Boat” ~ Stephen Crane
Read the entire short story here:
Stephen Crane – Open Boat
Write a modern version of the “Open Boat”. What changes? Is there technology? Is the boat bigger or smaller?

Poem and Poetry Topic: “The Flea” ~ John Donne
The Flea
by John Donne
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 26 - Style and Story

Style and Story – Has the muse moved…Or, is man really a friend of the vultures…

Featured Quote: “Poetry is simply literature reduced to the essence of its active principle. It is purged of idols of every kind, of realistic illusions, of any conceivable equivocation between the language of “truth” and the language of “creation.” (from Littérature, 1929)
~ Paul Valéry

Featured Poem: A fit of rhyme against rhyme
~Ben Johnson
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 27 - Ending in the Beginning

Childhood connections or Nada…Your path defined by you, the poet, writer, creator…

Featured Quote: “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things.”
~ William Faulkner in his speech at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, December 10, 1950

Featured Poem:
Ode: Intimations of Immortality
~ William Wordsworth (1807)
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 28 - Reflection and Knowledge

Reflect on your Knowledge and Imagine a new world…oh yeah, and write about it…
Featured Quote:
“I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”    “Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”
~Immanuel Kant
Featured Poem:
Ode on a Grecian Urn
~ John Keats
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 29 - Remember & Write

Connecting Your Storyline with Your Storyline…
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Featured Quotes:
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
~ Fred Rogers
“Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.”
~ Beverly Cleary
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 30 - Grab a Newspaper, Quick

Grab that paper and write…a newspaper that is…

“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”
~ Bob Hope

Headlines to help you with thoughts, ideas to a provide realistic writing prompts:
“Run over on a Florida beach: can’t Americans walk anywhere at all?”
“No Flat for Cats”
“App Tells You Whether Your Date is a ‘Keeper’ or ‘Crazy'”
“Talking about a stinky subject”

Look up these headlines, of merely use them to help you come up with subjects for your storylines. What direction will you choose? Have you found other stories out there? Share them here or elsewhere, but write and enjoy.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 31 - Elementary Dear What’s Your Name

A look at a better story driven character and your connection as a writer…

If you are an author in search of readers or have comments about our show, contact us:
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This week’s episode was brought to you by Enchanted Travel Tales (, bringing travel, magic, and fun to your holidays.

Featured Quote:
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930), (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear, 1915

Featured Short Story:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Adventure 4 – The Boscombe Valley Mystery
By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 32 - Search for Your Voice

John releases some inner voices…what do you release in your writing…

If you are an author in search of readers or have comments about our show, contact us:
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This week’s episode was brought to you by Enchanted Travel Tales (, bringing travel, magic, and fun to your holidays.

Featured Quotes:
“Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”
Henry Miller

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”
William Shakespeare
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 33 - Believe Your Characters

Do you believe in your characters? OK, but do you have faith in your characters to live beyond the time you put them on paper? Is there a difference? Listen and engage in the writing prompts.

Featured Quote:
Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
Edith Hamilton

Inspiration for this week’s conversation:
Six Characters in Search of an Author is the most famous and celebrated play by the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 34 - Listen Then Write

Podcasts and thoughts to get your writing moving and your creativity flowing…John shares a handful of his favorite audio inspirations…

Featured Quote:
Belief, by definition is an assent to a proposition. It is any cognitive content that is held true. It is some expression or a vague idea in which some confidence is placed. Thus, it defines some sort of an agreement with the world view. It may be unproven assertion based on some of the fundamental assumptions. Belief is a form of judging something to be true, intermediate between mere opinion and certain knowledge. To believe something in this sense is to judge that it is true by virtue of “a ground that is objectively insufficient but subjectively sufficient”; in mere opinion neither is sufficient, in knowledge both conditions are met.Myths which are believed in tend to become true.
By: George Orwell

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 35 - Still Listening

More podcasts and thoughts to get your writing moving and your creativity flowing…John shares one last handful of his favorite audio inspirations…

Featured Quotes:
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
By: Robert Frost

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
By: Robert Frost

John shares some more of his favorite podcasts that help inspire and influence him.
Check out these great shows and sites:

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 36 - Choices

Choices for you and choices for your characters…End where you began but make it a good one…

Feature Quote:
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

Featured Poem:Traveling Through the Dark By: William Stafford

Traveling through the dark I found a deer dead on the edge of the Wilson River road. It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.
By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing; she had stiffened already, almost cold. I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.
My fingers touching her side brought me the reason– her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, alive, still, never to be born. Beside that mountain road I hesitated.
The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights; under the hood purred the steady engine. I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red; around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.
I thought hard for us all–my only swerving–, then pushed her over the edge into the river.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 37 - Poems and Prompts

Poems from our forums and relationships found…

Featured Quotes:
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
Leo Buscaglia

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

Marcel Proust

Featured Poem:
One Word Is Too Often Profaned
By: Percy Bysshe Shelley

One word is too often profaned For me to profane it; One feeling too falsely disdained For thee to disdain it; One hope is too like despair For prudence to smother; And pity from thee more dear Than that from another.
I can give not what men call love; But wilt thou accept not The worship the heart lifts above And the heavens reject not, The desire of the moth for the star, Of the night for the morrow, The devotion to something afar From the sphere of our sorrow?
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 38 - Dream and Write

Are you writing about what you dream or do you dream of writing…decide and tell your story…

Featured Quote:
“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”
William Faulkner

Featured Poems:

There is No Frigate Like a Book By: Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book To take us lands away, Nor any coursers like a page Of prancing poetry. This traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of toll; How frugal is the chariot That bears a human soul!
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