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Unless you use it to inspire a story. That's what we did today in our creative writing group.

Our prompt this time was "An inanimate object becomes jealous when it thinks it could be replaced."

And once again the attendees delivered some gripping stories.

Melissa Crowe told the tale of a ball-point pen who tires of the writer trying to use it to write in bold and so stops working on purpose.

Allison Miles wrote from the perspective of the children's book "Are You My Mother?" The book has been replaced by a Kindle and no longer used when it is time for bedtime stories.

Dianna Wray took a similar approach, telling the tale of a library full of books that suddenly fall off their shelves. But it is the old, well-used copy of Moby Dick that manages to fall on the computer and crack the screen.

Cory Garcia described a lonely, dejected calculator who wishes to be useful, but loses his place to a smartphone.

My story featured Ethel, a hand mixer passed down through generations, who has just been replaced by a huge, stainless steel KitchenAid standing mixer.

We're all looking forward to the next meeting and I hope more people will take an interest. This is a good change to give voice to some of the creativity inside you. Come by the Frank Tilley conference room Thursday at noon, if you're interested. We'd love to have a fresh perspective.