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Sumptuous Settings for #StaD May Day Twenty-Two

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 22’s prompt  is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Write a story (set in your novel’s world) that makes sensation a priority. Use all five senses.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn is on yet another trip…she and her couch become the entire universe!

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn is on acid – way too much acid. She’s become her couch again, and then the most incredible thing happens. She and the couch become the universe, with a plaid-toned skin of stars, holding all of existence within them and breathing space.

My Favorite Bit ofSpace Smells Like Cinnamon”:

Space smells like cinnamon. So she says it again, and again, until all those sibilant “s” sounds get spikily pierced and punched by the sharp “p” and “k”. The other sounds – the “l”, “m”, and “n” are the salve that soothes the soreness, and the vowels are gentle breezes – carrying the smell of cinnamon.

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.

  • Lizzie’s planned a special treat.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip comes home after a long and gueling day of being grilled, and confronts a celebration provided by his sister Elizabeth, who calls it “therapy”. Every sense is well represented – so why does he still feel hollow…?

Word List:


  • potato

  • angelhair

  • orchid

  • Opiate

  • Matisse

  • Burgundy

  • Alliteration

  • Onomatopoeia

  • Violin

  • Flute

  • Silk

  • Mini m&m’s

  • Honeyeater

  • Hummingbird

  • Kingfisher

  • Cheesecake

Favorite Bit from: Splendiforous Superlative Sublime Sensory Spectacular!”

“Mmm….smells amazing!”

“Pan-fried catfish, broccoli, garlic-mashed potatoes; shrimp scampi with angelhair pasta. Key lime cheesecake, with mini M&M’s for snacking. Sit down.”

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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