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Indelible for #StoryADay May; Day Fifteen

Indelible:

“What the hell are you doing?!”

Marilyn just stares at her for a few seconds, then goes back to her incoherent scribbling. She’s gripping the marker so hard, it’s tearing the fine pages.

The book was a gift from Mom. But she can’t say that to her half-sister, not when Marilyn’s mother is dead. Not that Marilyn would be likely to understand, anyway – she has that look of being high, and there’s a foul stink in the air; something acrid burning. She’s already sribbled all over herself, her dolls, the sheets, and the wall. She’s naked, the trackmarks hidden by the ink.

And she’s destroying Ophelia’s home – and her life – in indelible ways.

How will Ophelia react?
Can she erase Marilyn’s destruction?

Is there any hope for Marilyn?

Any guesses?

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

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“Lizzie’s Tough”: #StoryADay May; Day Fifteen

Story A Day May 15’s prompt, is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Take a story you’ve written before and write it again from a different point of view
  • I’m going all the way back to “Your Starfleet Career”, and using this prompt:

  • I’m not dead. Meet me Tuesday night at 8 at Fusion, if you want to save my life. And it’s signed, “Your Starfleet career.” This time, we see this letter from Soval’s POV.

  • This is a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble. You can find more of my fan fiction by following this link

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.

Word List:

  • Somehow, I failed to use any prompt words in this story….life was a bit busy right then, but I really don’t know how I managed that!

And now I offer you…

“Lizzie’s Tough”

“I’m not dead. Meet me Tuesday night at 8 at Fusion, if you want to save my life. And it’s signed, “Your Starfleet career.” Admiral Forrest was studying the young man at attention before him. “Did you go, Lieutenant Tucker?”

“No, sir.”

Soval knew the voice, even through the door. This, then, was T’Pol’s Intended.

“You had a chance to meet your accusers, and you chose not to?”

“It wasn’t exactly my choice, sir.”

“Explain.”

“Uh – my sister – do I have to tell you?”

“That’s an order.”

“Lizzie’s tough, understand.”

“And?”

“She, uh….she handcuffed me and got me falling-down drunk.”

Will Admiral Forrest believe Trip?

Is Trip telling the truth?

What will Soval do?

Any guesses?

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

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Nightmare for #StoryADay May; Day Fourteen

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 14’s prompt is from Maria Hazen Lewis, who writes women’s fiction in Pennsylvania.

The Prompt:

I had a nightmare last night. I woke up and started writing….

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia wakes up and questions Marilyn about what she’s doing.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn wakes from a nightmare, and finds herself on Ophelia’s bed, the dream still in her mind. Ophelia is asleep on the floor. Marilyn raids the stash in another one of the dolls, and then she begins to write – on the dolls, her arms, the sheet and quilt, the walls, and even the leather-bound volume of Shakespeare.

My Favorite Bit of Exploding Words

She should take care of the evidence right now, before she forgets. But there are words in her – that was the dream, wasn’t it? She was full of words, exploding words that were held under too much pressure….

And now she feels them again. Filling her up, crushing each other. Crushing her internal organs and her brain and her breath. She has to get them out, or they’ll crush and suffocate and drown her, all at once.

She needs a pen.

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.

Fair Warning: This is just a touch naughty at the beginning. Might not be suitable for younger kids or work reading.

  • T’Pol’s dream is distressing – she has caused Trip unintentional harm, and she must correct the misapprehension, even at the cost of her own service on this world.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • She dreamed with Trip – but, unlike him, T’Pol suspects these incidents to be more than her own imagination. And, if they truly are some form of telepathic contact, unlikely as that seems, she can’t discount the possibility that she has caused him harm, however unintentionally. She must do what she can to correct the error, and mitigate the damage.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donor:

kitndavj:

  • Afterburner

  • Nipple

  • Papiermache

  • Rope Bondage

  • Stockholm

  • neoprene

  • horse on a spaceship

  • scuba

  • orchid

  • witchcraft

  • recommend

  • nightlight

  • sand dollar

  • fisticuff

  • infuriating

Favorite Bit from Images Overlapping:

Images overlapping… neoprene; afterburner; horse on a spaceship; scuba. He caressed her taut nipple. “Lovely orchid.” Witchcraft; she was papier-mache.
 

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, 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 Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Misapprehension for #Story A Day; May 13

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 13’s prompt  is from Tony Conaway, who has written and ghostwritten everything from blogs to books. He has cowritten non-fiction books published by McGraw-Hill, Macmillan and Prentice Hall. His fiction has been published in eight anthologies and numerous publications, including Blue Lake Review, Danse Macabre, Rind Literary Magazine, qarrtsiluni, The Rusty Nail and Typehouse Literary Magazine. He was recently a guest on the Indy Writer Podcast, talking about writing short fiction.

The Prompt:

Today’s prompt focuses on misapprehension – that is, interpreting something incorrectly. Too often, in fiction, every character communicates perfectly. That’s not the way it happens in real life. So that’s your prompt: misapprehension, either verbal or visual.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia reflects on her initial misapprehensions about her half-sister Marilyn.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Ophelia watches Marilyn “on the nod” on her own daybed, surrounded by dolls, and remembers their first meeting, when Marilyn came looking for her in Hawaii. She thought then that her sister was vibrant, fun-loving, and just about perfect. It’s amazing how the truth can change first impressions…

My Favorite Bit ofSo Many Secrets”: 

Ophelia’s learned a lot, in the three months she’s been here.

She’s learned a hell of a lot about things she never wanted to learn about, or be close to. Things she doesn’t want tormenting anyone, and certainly not her sister.

She’s learned about a thousand things she was mistaken about.
 

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 is dreaming of a conversation with his Vulcan Surprise Package, when a misapprehension surfaces.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip’s dreams bring him right back to Fusion, and his Vulcan Surprise Package. She knows somehow that he’s in trouble. He tells her about the five men who accused him – and now she seems troubled, and is starting to explain a ‘misapprehension’ when he wakes up.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donor:

kitndavj:

  • Flanelette

  • Jiffy

  • Boardwalk

  • Canoe

  • Trebuche

  • Viking

  • Rampart

  • Mattress

  • Sprocket

Favorite Bit from Five Men?” 

Trip was standing on a boardwalk.

“You’re troubled, Trip.” He loved when she popped into his dreams.

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, 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 Blog Hops and Fests, Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Poetic Inspiration for #StaD May; Day Twelve

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 12’s prompt  is from Elise Holland, co-founder and editor of 2 Elizabeths, a short fiction and poetry publication. Her work has appeared in various publications, most recently in Darling Through 2 Elizabeths. Elise strives to create value and visibility for writers, through writing contests, events, and more!

The Prompt:

Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlookt for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye;
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glorie die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil’d,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil’d:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.”
– William Shakespeare
Sonnet 25

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn breaks into Ophelia’s place, and finds out that her half-sister reads Shakespeare and writes poetry.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn leaves rehab, but can’t bear the thought of going back to that big empty house Mom had her chained to. So she goes to Ophelia’s tiny little apartment, where all her rag dolls wait for her in a garbage bag. Ophelia’s not here, so she pulls her kit out of its hiding place in one of the dolls and gets numb while she waits. That’s when she finds the big volume of Shakespeare, and Ophelia’s poetry.

My Favorite Bit of Hollow Laughter: 

Her hands roll over her belly. It’s full; too full. Overflowing with life that doesn’t make her feel any more alive, or full.

She’s empty.

Wanting.

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.

  • Soval attempts to understand humanity – through Shakespeare.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Admiral Forrest is occupied with his accused but presumed innocent officer, but has challenged Soval – if he wants to understand humanity, he should read Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donor:

kitndavj:

  • Moist

  • Pumpkin

  • Perfectionism

  • Ballet

  • Snow Fairy

  • Matisse

  • wart (s)

  • ginger

  • canvas

  • Differential

Favorite Bit from With All Our Warts”

“It’s not about logic. Study Matisse. Paint a canvas. Read Shakespeare; better yet, go see a play. That’s all I can do; I need to save my best Warp Five Engineer from a damned five man warp core breach.”

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post,

visit my fanfiction.net page! 

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

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Exploding Words for #StoryADay May; Day Fourteen

The Prompt:

  • I had a nightmare last night. I woke up and started writing….

Exploding Words:

Nightmare fades into wakefulness. Marilyn tears at the head of the ragdoll she named Mrs. Fixit, finds the pipe and the lighter. She thanks herself for having the foresight to have made a stash – even when things were tight, she’s always tucked some away from every score, so she’ll never run out – at least, not so long as no one suspects about her little rag friends.

Which means she needs to fix up Mrs. Fixit. But not just yet – there’s Ophelia, sound asleep on the floor. She won’t see anything or know. Marilyn will be all done, everything put away, secrets hidden, before her sister wakes up.

She lights, inhales. And again. And again.

Then once more.

She should take care of the evidence right now, before she forgets. But there are words in her – that was the dream, wasn’t it? She was full of words, exploding words that were held under too much pressure….

And now she feels them again. Filling her up, crushing each other. Crushing her internal organs and her brain and her breath. She has to get them out, or they’ll crush and suffocate and drown her, all at once.

She needs a pen. She scootches around Ophelia, goes to her study. Yes. There’s a brand new pack of colored markers, just right. She can give the words colors, beauty, power.

She starts with her arms and legs. She strips off all her clothes, writes everywhere she can reach. The words come and come – they’re breeding faster than rabbits inside her; she can’t write fast enough. She goes back to the pipe, twice more, and that helps.

Now she’s out of skin, so she starts with the white bodies of the dolls. But even that’s not enough….too many words, too few dolls. So she goes to the sheet, the quilt, and the walls. But even that’s not right.

She needs to put the words with their friends, give them a real home. She remembers the fat volume of Shakespeare. There couldn’t be a better place, could there?

She’s humming, feeling loose and light and free as she decorates the book, gives the words inside her back to it.

“What the hell are you doing?!”

Ophelia is standing there, arms on narrow hips, staring at her.

“I had a nightmare last night. When I woke up, I started writing.”

What is Marilyn writing?

Has she given away her secrets?

Will Ophelia see Mrs. Fixit?

Any guesses?

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

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Images Overlapping: #StoryADay May; Day Fourteen

The Prompt:

  • I had a nightmare last night. I woke up and started writing….

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.

Fair Warning: This is just a touch naughty at the beginning. Might not be suitable for younger kids or work reading.

Word List:

Prompt Word Donor;  Kitndavj

  • Afterburner

  • Nipple

  • Papier-mache

  • Rope Bondage

  • Stockholm
  • neoprene

  • horse on a spaceship 

  • scuba

  • orchid

  • witchcraft

  • recommend

  • nightlight

  • sand dollar

  • fisticuff

  • infuriating

And now I offer you…

Images Overlapping

Images overlapping… neoprene; afterburner; horse on a spaceship; scuba. He caressed her taut nipple. “Lovely orchid.” Witchcraft; she was papier-mache.

“This makes no sense.”

“Some kind of Stockholm syndrome, rope bondage – or just a nightmare. That’s my old sand-dollar nightlight. It’s infuriating being accused of taking out five men with fisticuffs – but there’s no way I could do that -”

T’Pol woke alone; the alien dream still vivid.

But was it a dream, or a telepathic contact?

His pain was her doing. She must correct the error.

She rose, went to her terminal, sat down. “Ambassador Soval, I recommend -”

Why does T’Pol believe the dream is more than a nightmare?

Is she right?

What is she going to recommend to Ambassador Soval?

Any guesses?

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