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Concrete World Building for #StaD May Day Twenty

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 20’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Write a story that focuses on the discovery/invention/ramifications of something that shapes your characters’ physical world.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn learns that she’s pregnant, and that her world has just changed.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • We rejoin Marilyn in the bathroom from the “secret” story, when she reads that pregnancy test (much later), once she wakes up from her heroin trip (really need to learn more accurate slang for this before drafting in July!). In that instant, her world is changing…

My Favorite Bit of The Fix:

Reality awaits when she comes back from her trip.

It’s been hours (or, at least, Marilyn thinks it has; since there’s no clock in here, it’s kind of hard to tell, but her legs are asleep and her neck kinked from the odd position she was in when she left on her trip)…

She opens her eyes unwillingly, and very slowly.

She’s got a feeling there was something she was supposed to remember…and a stronger feeling that she really doesn’t want to remember – not anything.

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.

  • T’Pol explores the dreamscape that blends her world with this one – the one that belongs to the human named Trip.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • In sleep, T’Pol finds a fascinating new landscape in the mind (real or imagined) of a human male called Trip – and even more fascination in the way it blends with her own inner reality, to create something new that belongs to them both.

Word List:


  • Bugger (Oh Crap)

  • Sparky (Electrician)

  • Jumbuck (sheep)

  • Jillaroo (sheep)

  • Station (Gigantic Farm)

  • Durrie (Cigarette)

Word Prompt Generator:

  • acidic

  • angel

  • tickle

  • beer

  • bitter

Favorite Bit from Landscape of Her Mind:

Bugger, Sparky. I’ve met a pointy-eared angel.” He was speaking to someone who didn’t exist – so little logic in such an activity. “Put out the durrie. We’re going to the jumbuck station. No, she’s no jillaroo. She’s a Vulcan. Now, Let’s hit the Frog and Toad.

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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