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Writer’s Clue for #StaD May; Day Four

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, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; 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?

Story A Day May 4 prompt,  by writer LJ Cohen. 

Let’s play Writer’s Clue! Stories are about a person in a place with a problem. We can use the basic structure (modified to inject conflict) from the game.

For this story, write about Mx [1. a non-gendered title, in case you’re wondering. Now I’m wondering how to pronounce it…].___________ in the _________ room with a __________.

You can choose ordinary places or objects, or magical ones, you can set your story in the past, present, or future. It doesn’t need to follow the plot structure of the game in that there’s a murder you are solving; this is just a way to give a story a kick start.

For example, from one of my stories: Ms. Ro Maldonado in the derelict ship’s bridge with a malfunctioning AI. Change any one of the choices, and you have a different story.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn in the bathroom at her father’s house, with a zippered case and a pregnancy test.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Seventeen year-old Marilyn Martin has just peed on a stick, and she has to wait three minutes to find out if her life has changed. Three minutes to feel sick with worry at everything that’s going to fall apart if she’s pregnant. Or… three minutes– just enough time for…

Favorite Bit of Three Minutes

She doesn’t want to set the stick down on the spotless, shining counter. She arranges the box so she can rest it there, and her fingers trail away, off to the zippered case that’s the only other thing in this room that truly belongs to her.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Side Project Premise:

  • Trip Tucker at Jonathan Archer’s apartment with his sister Elizabeth, attempting to plot an escape.

Word List:

    Anonymous Donor:

    • stakeout
    • tart
    • handcuffs
    • SNAFU
    • tap dancing
    • spaceboot
    • proctologist
    • illicit
    • hogtied
    • genitalia

    Fleshing Out the Premise:

    • Trip Tucker has received a postcard purportedly from his Starfleet career, but which he knows is actually a not-so veiled attempted attack by one or more of his accusers. He wants to go to the named meeting place and pull the rug out from under that plan, but first, he’s got to get past his sister Elizabeth – which could very well prove much harder to accomplish.

    Favorite Bit of SNAFU” 

    “What’s this, Lizzie? A stakeout?”

    “The name’s Elizabeth.

    “Such a tart mouth – hey! What’s with the handcuffs?”

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

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

    Posted in Challenges and Contests, Story a Day May Challenge, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    Three Minutes for Story A Day May: Day Four

    Three Minutes

    Three minutes.

    Marilyn sits on the toilet, the stick she’s just peed on still in her hand.

    Three minutes.

    That’s all she has to wait here in the marble-walled bathroom that looks like it belongs in a five-star hotel.

    That’s an eternity.

    She’s always felt like a stranger here.

    She doesn’t want to set the stick down on the spotless, shining counter. She arranges the box so she can rest it there, and her fingers trail away, off to the zippered case that’s the only other thing in this room that truly belongs to her.

    Or is it that she belongs to what’a in the case?

    What difference does it make?

    None, really.

    What matters isn’t the stick, or what it says –

    Well, okay, that does matter, more than a little.

    It might change her life.

    It might take her away from her zippered case, and what it holds.

    But she’s got three minutes.

    That’s time enough. She doesn’t know yet. It doesn’t matter that she’s sick all the time, peeing constantly, that her breasts hurt and her belly is heavy.

    Until she reads that stick, she doesn’t know. She can do what she wants. Until she knows, she doesn’t have to worry about how anything will affect anyone but her. A baby isn’t real until she knows there’s going to be one, right?

    “Of course it isn’t,” she answers herself, and her voicebounces around the room, and Marilyn imagines it leaving little dirty stains on every surface it touches.

    She pulls the case to her without bothering to get off the toilet, or even pull up her pants. She opens it.

    She still has two minutes.

    What’s in Marilyn’s case?

    Is it related to the potential baby?

    What does the stick say?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

    Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Round Two 2017, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

    “SNAFU”: #StaD May; Day Four

    Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you:

    “SNAFU”

    “What’s this, Lizzie? A stakeout?”

    “The name’s Elizabeth.”

    “Such a tart mouth – hey! What’s with the handcuffs?”

    “You’ll just make this SNAFU worse, big brother.”

    “How the hell could I do that?”

    “No tap dancing around the truth, Trip. You’re itching to put your spaceboot so far up somebody’s ass that he needs a proctogolist to get it out.”

    “No, I’m not.”

    “Liar!”

    “So everybody thinks. I haven’t done anything illicit. And now you’ve got me hogtied.”

    “You can’t tell me you don’t want to kick him in the – “

    “Nope. This guy’s gettin’ it right in the genitalia.”

     

    Is Elizabeth going to let Trip go?

    Is Trip going to make ‘this guy’ regret what he’s done?

    And what IS that, anyway?

    Any guesses?

    Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new fanfiction.net series link!