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  • “You write women with respect” is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. Thank you for that!

  • Bad Luck Jill by Matt Williams
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    Dear Diary,
    Just a quick update before I walk into the restaurant.
    Here we go again. I have a date with a guy named Phil tonight. I‘ve been looking forward to this for days. I m […]

    • I love the format — innovative — it captures the voice of your MC. She’s fearless, funny; you write women with respect.

    • Hi Matt, I loved the idea of using a journal as the background of the story. You described the never ending date profiles and characters to a T, but her voice and emotions were beautifully transmitted. I hope your MC has found the perfect match for her. ~ Astrid

    • Hi Matt. I couldn’t stop smiling too. Loved the format and you captured the angst of the main character in such a way that I could almost say, “Been there, done that. Now, where is my klutz?”

    • Lovely story. At the start, I was expecting it to go off in a different direction, leaving me pleasantly surprised by the potential happy ending. Thank you for that, thank you for sharing. Also loved the style. 🙂

    • I loved your story!
      Sounds like she may have met her perfect guy.

    • Hi Matt, this is a fun story that leads the reqder to believe the MC will fail again. Really like the long line-up of flawed men that she’s encountered in her pursuit of love. You have created a great crossroads for both her and Phil to connect with a blush of red. Well done.

    • A lilting tale with a deeper meaning to me. Trying to find the person who completes out own journey is far more difficult than the movies. I am elderly but my grandchildren tell me it is even more difficult now.

  • THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
    “No, no, no, no…”
    “But yes! A hundred times yes! She’s easily the best character in the series.”
    “Why? Because her character evolved so much? Horseshit. She didn’t evolve.”
    “First […]

    • Hi Matt – this story deserves a ton of comments, I really loved it! – the whole thing played out in my mind’s eye – I love the banter and CAPITALISATION of words!! There are lots of stories under Stale about dead, stale relationships, but this bucks that trend …I love this sort of shared memory of their meeting, even if they both don’t have exactly the same recall…but as you say…the devil is in the detail!! Great piece, really!

    • This was such a cute story! I could really picture the voices of both the characters – you gave them such great personalities for a story like this. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Hey Matt. Brilliant, snappy dialogue. The heart of your piece and really pulled me in. I love the idea of these two, challenging themselves intellectually but also having fun (it seems). That last line cracked me up. I wonder if there’s a middle ground between their rememberings? A really fun read and easy to visualize. Best regards, Seyi

  • Sophie’s Quarantine Plan
    Six-year old Sophia Spencer paced back and forth at the foot of her twin bed. From time to time, she would pause and stare down the quorum she had assembled.
    For this crucial meeting, s […]

    • What a lovely, sweet story and so relevant to current times. I liked the way Sophie spoke to her toys, as only a child can, to decide on how to spend her ten dollars, but of course, the offer of ice cream always wins hands down. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you, James. I did have to look up what some of these terms meant and use them appropriately (sometimes inappropriately). I kind of wish I had waited for “Translation”, because this piece would have fit better under that prompt. Perhaps someone will write a response piece. I will be praying for your sanity regarding your 11 year old daughter.

  • “Help Wanted, Yo!”

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I heard about this forum from a friend who has participated for quite a while, and I thought you may be able to help me. I am a 52-year old high school literature tea […]

    • Very amusing piece. Not a story, but I enjoyed the read because ‘I feel ya’. My 11 year old daughter is talking another language at the moment, and I’m confident in a few years time 90% of it will have evolved into something else. Modern medicine, technology, and slang terms seem to move on at a pace which is difficult to keep up with. I’m not ‘gonna roast ya’ for not writing a story. I am going to say you’re not alone, and on most of these, Google is your friend. At least I hope it is… I searched DM and it appears to be ‘Direct Message’. Which could fit in with what was being said.

      • Thank you, James. I did have to look up what some of these terms meant and use them appropriately (sometimes inappropriately). I kind of wish I had waited for “Translation”, because this piece would have fit better under that prompt. Perhaps someone will write a response piece. I will be praying for your sanity regarding your 11 year old daughter.

    • I’m 10 years your senior so if you are clueless, I am completely in the dark. My oldest grandson just turned 13 and I’m sure the time is shortly coming where I will need a translator too. This was a fun read and I had a small feeling that I am a little glad not to know what some of that means. Two of my sisters are school teachers so my hat off to you.

    • Hi Matt and how goes it? Really liked your piece, I have lived through a version of it (our kids at 21 and 25 and they are just beginning to complain that even THEY can’t keep up with the rate of proliferation of urban slangs, I almost died laughing when they first confessed that to me). I really like the Milton’s naive ernestness as he seeks understanding. Am a bit unsure of your intention with the absolute last line of text though. I understand it means “Too Long, Didn’t Read”” and I presume its from another forum member? Comments seem to agree with Milton though but he/she found the text too long to read? Did not take away from my really enjoying teh piece. Best regards, Seyi

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