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Secret in a Box for Story A Day May; Day Eight

Secret in a Box (in its 66 word entirety):

Marilyn keeps her secret in its box, tucked under the cushion of her couch. None of the housekeepers ever come in here; she makes sure they won’t ever want to.

Her secret is safe as safe can be – until a week later, when Anna serves eggplant parmesan. Though it’s her very favorite, Marilyn can’t eat. Before she can leave the table, she vomits out her secret.

What is Marilyn’s secret?

What happens next?

Any guesses?

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

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

“Was It My Attire?”: #StaD May; Day Eight


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.


  • wardrobe
  • A-line skirt
  • Scottish
  • tartan
  • teardrop
  • kaleidoscope
  • clutch
  • acrylic
  • nail art
  • silk robe
  • catsuit
  • goosebumps
  • luminous


  • topaz
  • aquamarine
  • pink diamond

This story comes a week after T’Pol’s previous story, I’m Just Joking.”

And now I offer you…

Was It My Attire?”

“Was it my attire?”

“Oh, Paula – or whatever your real name is- it’s got nothing to do with your wardrobe.”

“I don’t understand.”

“This time I believe you. But it doesn’t matter what you wear: an A-line skirt or Scottish tartan. Dripping in topaz and aquarmarine; a teardrop cut pink diamond or a psychedelic kaleidoscope clutch. You could have the tackiest of acrylic nail art -”

“Is there a point to this listing of these items?”

“Point is, doesn’t matter if you wore a burlap sack, silk robe, or catsuit – you give me goosebumps. You, my dear Vulcan, are luminous.”

Who is T’Pol speaking with?

How did the speaker figure out her secret?

Will there be consequences to being “outted”?

Any guesses?

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

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Self-Reflection for #StaD May; Day Seven

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 7 prompt,  by writer, ghostwriter and independent editor Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of Book Architecture.

Think back to a time earlier in your life, maybe high school, when you knew a good person with whom you have fallen out of touch.

If you were to reconnect with this person right now, what one question would you ask them? Why are you asking that question — what does it say about your journey right now?

What piece of yourself are you currently focused on finding?

For memoir writers: write this now.

For fiction writers: turn yourself and your friend into characters. Write the story of their encounter.

Main Project Premise:

  • As Ophelia struggles with the many complications of supporting her pregnant and addicted older sister, she encounters her sixth grade teacher – the teacher who changed her life.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Ophelia is shopping for the essentials Marilyn needs in rehab when she encounters her former sixth grade best friend – thousands of miles from Hawaii. It’s like Lucy has thrown her a lifeline – her own life had been touched by addiction, and, in her company and insight, Ophelia finds tools she can use to help support her half-sister.

Favorite Bit of Do You Want to Talk About It?

“Ophelia Martin – no, it can’t be you, can it?”

The voice jerked her head up from the bin of camisoles and panties she’d been fishing through. There was something familiar in it – and in the face of the girl, about her own age, who was staring at her like she simply didn’t compute.

“I’m Ophelia.” She dropped the intimate apparel, thankful for a complexion that didn’t exactly reveal a blush. None of the things she’d been holding would come close to fitting her.

Side Project Premise:

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.

  • Trip’s sister Elizabeth brings someone to see him in his house arrest – Mr. Velik, the visiting Vulcan biology teacher from his sophomore year.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip is shocked and prepared for approbation when he opens Jon’s door to Mr. Velik, who had been his biology teacher for two semesters back in his sophomore year of high school. Although their relationship had begun rockily, Trip had come to value the Vulcan’s perspective – and now he’s offering to assist Trip in deciphering the motivations behind the attack on his career.

Word List:


  • Minatory

My formerly Anonymous Donor; Kitndavj:

    • Therapy

    • Trigonometry

    • Obtuse

    • Inverse

    • Mathematical Order of Operations

    • Manifold

    • Aberration

    • Reticulation

    • Vacuum

    Favorite Bit from “Intellectual Therapy”

    “Mr. Velik? You’re the second Vulcan Surprise Package I’ve had lately. You gonna tell me I’m an obtuse fool?”

    “No. I believe the inverse to be true. My purpose isn’t minatory.”


    To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my page! 

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