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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Draiglas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2021 at 5:07pm
Originally posted by milesmum milesmum wrote:

I was pretty happy with my submission until late last night when I realized that I had essentially submitted a very short piece of geriatric masturbation porn in the guise of a ghost story. Not holding out much hope for this one!

Honestly, from that description, I'll be insulted if yours doesn't win!
Short Story R2 - Atychiphobia

Short Story R3 (not on forum but can PM if you're really keen) - R. v R
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote JuliKobayashi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2021 at 7:43pm
Originally posted by Mister_Write Mister_Write wrote:

JuliKobayashi, your story sounds really cool! I'm keen to read it :D

I usually write way too much as well, I'm getting better at writing less though. Most flash fiction ones I write at least double what the word count is, and then die inside as kill all my babies :D

Thanks a bunch! Look forward to reading your ghost story too!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nbelousova Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2021 at 8:51pm
Read over my story this morning and realised I made a terrible mistake and I should've submitted the other version. I'd liked the other version better but thought the one I submitted was more comedic. I had given both versions to 4 friends to read, but of course, two liked one and two liked the other. Ughhhhh. So much regret.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Suave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2021 at 8:58pm
Originally posted by Nbelousova Nbelousova wrote:

Read over my story this morning and realised I made a terrible mistake and I should've submitted the other version. I'd liked the other version better but thought the one I submitted was more comedic. I had given both versions to 4 friends to read, but of course, two liked one and two liked the other. Ughhhhh. So much regret.

The trick is to not reread your piece once it is submitted for the final time, 
wait until the results come out, just makes you crazy for a couple of months
when you can't do anything about it. Much more fun to find out later when
you can do a face palm while reading the feedback for it.


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I've been doing the exact opposite. I've been rereading all three of the stories I drafted. It doesn't make me feel any different about my odds or whether I made a mistake though. I think this round I'll need more luck getting through than I did last round just based on the lower quality of story-telling between the two. Still, the more times I read over, the more I feel better about my choice.

What's funny is I wrote the second story to focus more on the 'action' genre, and I wrote the third to focus more on the 'adventure', but in all three stories I instinctively just kept trying to write around the genre I was assigned. Learning things about myself, I guess.

Huh, though I did just realize a word got deleted in the final edit introducing an error. Oh well. such is life.


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I waited up on Friday night for the prompt and was quite pleased (drama/revving an engine/opportunity.)

I read the genre guide just because "drama" is so broad. When I saw that "infidelity" was one of the suggestions, well, I basically wrote a new Carrie Underwood song. 

I let my Facebook friends beta it and a friend who just sold the movie rights on his second book said, "This sh*t slaps," and no feedback I get will match that. 

And I got to use the word "kludged," so my work for this round is done. I can't wait to read everyone's tales. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote nod1v1ng Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 2021 at 11:04pm
Originally posted by terrilynn terrilynn wrote:

I read the genre guide just because "drama" is so broad. When I saw that "infidelity" was one of the suggestions, well, I basically wrote a new Carrie Underwood song. 


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Nopal Dreams; Chorizo Wishes

Desert, starkly magnificent. 

Saguaro, green, and immobile, plastic army men at attention.

Brilliant blue skies, clouds lush and full; cotton balls to be plucked from the azure field.

Purple, white, orange, and yellow. Flashes of color scattered about on the vista like confetti trapped in sagebrush.

The landscape, glorious despite the wall; an ochre feathered serpent to the few braceros who toiled under the scorching view of Lord Huitzilopochtli. 

As if dancing for Arthur Murray himself, each man moved in tempo; a three-step samba.

A loud plop of grey white mortar, a quick swipe with the weighty trowel; swish!

Wet slap of another brick laid in place.

Mesmerizing.

One dreamed while awake, lulled into light slumber by the soft murmur of the desert sounds and uncompromising heat.

Perspiration, big fat, salty drops rolled off his face. Bits of moisture evaporating mid-air. 

Intolerable conditions now, World War II had depleted the male workforce. There was no recourse for trabajadores earning .50 an hour at government expense. 

No matter. His determination motivated him.  

Each brick, another step closer to his dream. 

Life in the United States. 

To break free from the daily, unrelenting struggle to survive. 

A parched, dying man, suckling eagerly at any opportunuty to break out of generational poverty

But first this wall. A barrier, he’d heard.

Barrier from who. From what, he wondered. 

He scoffed, opting to idealize the great American structure as a road leading to possibilities.

Hope, hazy, and distant. A fading mirage on the desert horizon.
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