Do a detailed character sketch for a fictional character about whom you would never, ever want to write. Work to avoid making up anything that would capture your interest.

She has an awful twitch that takes over her left eye and half her cheek. Her blackish gray hair frizzes up at the bottom and jumps out away from her face. She lost a few teeth from all those years battling an addiction to candy bars. The remnants of this battle still remain on her …

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Write a short story that is set in Argentina in 1932, in which a teacup plays a crucial role.

By staring out across the great lawn, Ana could actually see the haze rising up on this sweltering summer morning. Cicadas drown out the soft melody playing on the outdoor radio. Aside from the staff of her father's estate, Ana is the fist one awake. She sits on the lounge chair under an umbrella wearing …