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The Doll Maker for #StaD May; Day Three

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short) stories, every day this May (yep; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

The prompt, by writer Kylie Quillanan. 

People called him The Doll Maker. Nobody ever wondered aloud why every doll had the same face.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia sits with Marilyn through a hallucinogenic trip.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Ophelia finds Marilyn sitting in the middle of a pile of Raggedy Anne dolls, tearing and cutting at their faces with scissors she’s jabbing into their faces. Only she’s high on something, because she’s stabbing herself without even knowing it, the blood smearing on the fabric of the doll faces, and she’s singing and muttering about some invisible man. “They call him the Doll Maker. No one ever talks about it, but – shhh! It’s a secret!” She goes still and strange, then whispers, “They all have the same face. Every. Single. One!”

Favorite Bit of Still and Strange

The sounds are more distinct; she can follow them through a vast room with wine-red walls and marble trimmings. It makes her think of an empty heart. She hurries through – she doesn’t like this space, or this house. But it’s where her sister lives –

And something about Marilyn’s message says that she’s in trouble.



Side Project Premise:

  • Admiral Forrest and Ambassador Soval speak candidly about a sensitive topic or two.

Word List:


  • platitude

  • perfidious

  • kerfluffle

Anonymous Donor:

  • sewage

  • waterfall

  • wolf-pack

  • clemency

  • bog roll (Aussie for toilet paper)

  • side-effect

  • privacy

  • eyebrow

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Admiral Forrest and Ambassador Soval are discussing “matters of great pitch and moment”: that Soval has heard himself referred to alternately as The Doll Maker, Mr. Pointy, and That Perfidious Vulcan Bastard. Forrest’s attempts to excuse or explain with human platitudes are weak; that when Soval learns there is a deeper concern for his friend.

Favorite Bit of Put Your Eyebrow Down”:

Put your eyebrow down, Soval. Vulcan hearing confounds human privacy. This kerfluffle is a side-effect.”

Your platitudes are insincere, Maxwell. You’re troubled.”

To see this story in full, as it posts, visit my page

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy  and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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