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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.


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:


  • 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,

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