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The Ugly Duckling for #StaD May Day Twenty-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 29’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Watch the video and write an Ugly Duckling story.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia goes from the near-desperate solitude of caring for Marilyn alone to the liberation of Kifo Island, where both she and Marilyn are treated like royalty.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Ophelia is overwhelmed, unable to meet Marilyn’s unending needs.

My Favorite Bit of Burden and Release: 

What’s she supposed to do about Marilyn, when nobody else seems to have the slightest ability to change her? When her baby is already as good as dead, and not a person in any sense medicine can explain? Not one adult seems to know what to do – why should she be able to?

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 is deeply conflicted – her need to protect her human is warring with her concern that this illogical perception that she shares some manner of telepathic contact with a Terran male is delusion…

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • T’Pol is displaced in her own life, and her own logic. Since her incident in San Francisco, she is uncertain whether she’s experiencing a telepathic condition that should be impossible, or a psychotic delusion. Only when she receives Soval’s missive does she begin to find personal peace and the beginnings of balance within this new reality.

Prompt Words:


  • tempestuous

  • obstinate

  • seductive

  • degradation

  • forbidden


  • Flaming

  • Seared

Writing Group Prompt List:

  • cushion

  • report

  • bed

  • tested

  • level

  • scientific

  • support

  • theory

  • waves

  • psychotic

Favorite Bit from “Am I Psychotic?”

“Am I psychotic?”

T’Pol sat on her cushion, staring into the flame. Her forbidden excursion had caused a degradation in her logic; she was no longer acceptable for the Consulate. 

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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