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An Unlikely Meeting for #StaD May; Day Nine

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 9 prompt, is from Charlotte Rains Dixon, who mentors creative writers from passionate to published. Charlotte is a free-lance journalist, ghostwriter, and author.

The Prompt:

Write a story about what happens when a nun in a wimple, a man in cowboy hat and boots, and a bartender with a handlebar moustache wearing a red and white polka-dot bow tie meet in a tavern on a rainy night.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn is gibbering incoherently during a trip.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn seems to think her beloved ragdolls are actual people, and she’s acting out a raunchy bar joke as though it’s really happening. Ophelia tries to understand, but Marilyn becomes enraged and attacks her.

Public Courtesy Warning: This story edges into adult territory, and might not be suitable for work or reading where younger kids might peek over your shoulder.

My Favorite Bit of Playing With Her Dolls:

And it’s a rainy night.” Her sister mimes a downpour now. She’s sitting cross-legged on the bed, her face totally earnest, like she was a little girl of maybe four years old – with a very dirty mind. “So, they’re at this tavern, where the barkeep has a handlebar mustache with a red and white polka-dotted tie.”

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.

  • Admiral Forrest tells Soval a “nun and a cowboy walk into a bar” joke.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Soval’s attempts to understand the human concept known as “humor” are not assisted by Maxwell Forrest’s telling of a “nun and cowboy walk into a bar” joke. Since there seems to be no real point to this story, and an utter lack of logic and possibility, Soval remains unenlightened.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donors:


  • Romance

  • Contraception

  • Blush

  • Paradise

  • polyamourous

  • paramour

  • forked tongue

  • single malt scotch

  • Silver Bullet

  • Kippers

  • Afternoon Nap

  • Venice

  • Pizza

Favorite Bit from The Jealous Type:

Before you take your afternoon nap, Soval, let’s try another joke. A wimpled nun, a cowbow are in a bar on a rainy night in Venice, having bruschetta pizza with kippers. The barkeep has a handlebar mustache and red and white polka-dotted bow tie. She has a Silver Bullet, and he drinks single-malt scotch. It’s a polyamorous romance; Cowboy says he’ll take her to paradise with his forked tongue.”

Is there a point to this story?”

It’s a joke. Wait for the punch line.

She blushes. She doesn’t need contraception – God is her other paramour. And he’s the jealous type.”

Will Soval get the punch line?

Will Cowboy get his wimpled nun?

Will God get even?

Any guesses?

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, 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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