• Ah, Charles, I was never confident enough to ask for steak, and especially not from a little old lady. The only people back then that I thought could afford steak might have been older (read 30-40ish) male bachelors (or worse) and I knew better than to put myself into a situation where I was alone in their homes!!!

    I was going for happy,…[Read more]

  • Thanks, Ben. I was going for the happy, nice feeling – so different from last month’s darker story line that I took. I’m glad that it brought back memories for you as well, and I’ll admit, I wasn’t always as confident as I was this particular day, but this is the way I remember most of those days. It was a fun time, and gave me confidence that…[Read more]

  • Hi Deepthi, I’m so glad I found you again and got to continue your story from last month. I love reading stories that take place in different places/cultures, to see the differences, and yet the similarities (I’m from CA/USA). I can clearly recall a time in my youth being told I read too much and that I need to put that aside and to be more…[Read more]

  • I do so love SciFi, mixed with dark comedy, and you, SM, have delivered this so expertly in your Not so futuristic fiction! I was fascinated with the technology and the sinister way in which you show it incorporated into everyday life; and like Amrita mentioned, it reminded me of the movie face/off only darker and more sinister. And, as with…[Read more]

  • I love how you use conversation and setting to drive the story, which in this case are so integral to revealing the characters and the plot. As other have said, you portrayed the awkwardness between the two so well, using it to build up the tension between them and the situation about the missing husband. I was completely engrossed in the story,…[Read more]

  • I know what you mean about word counts! There’s only so much you can show, especially when you have so much to show! I’m really loving your series and looking forward to a new piece – did you miss the February prompt? Hope things are ok with you – wishing all the best…

  • Hi Proteus, this is a fast paced story with great characters and great action. It seems I will have to find your last prompt to really get a feel for what’s happening, but you dd a great job pulling me in to the action and carrying me through to the end. I’ll be sure to be on the lookout for your stories in future! Well done.

  • Oh, Ben, I did not see that end coming. I thought maybe she would find another woman’s phone number in the stuff from his pockets, or she’d pick a reason for a fight just for some interaction, but what you gave us was sooooo much better, a good reminder of why romance is so overrated and relationships best left between a woman and her cat! This…[Read more]

  • Hi Chantel, this was the second story I read this month with a paid for mourner, it’s a great storyline and you pulled it off quite nicely (especially as you mentioned it was a last minute contribution). I thought Ritchie’s boredom and lack of interest in the proceedings quite in line with the overall atmosphere of the church/funeral setting, and…[Read more]

  • As usual, your story has left me with a smile on my face and a laugh in my heart. I love that you are able to find humor even in less than ideal situations ((having your funding removed during college and forced to actually (gasp) get a job!!!)). I love your style of writing, it flows so easily and is so fun to read. I could easily imagine the…[Read more]

  • This read like one of those western movies from the 60s, I could almost hear the opening music as you described the ghost town. This was a fun read, I loved the names you gave the characters as well as the voice, I could hear the drawl in their words as they spoke in my head. Great story, Angelique. Well done!

  • what a fun re-telling of a familiar fairy tale. I loved the unique voice you gave Maggie, and your character names are perfect. This was humorous and thoroughly entertaining. Well done!

  • Wow, Christy, you are quite perceptive – the story did in fact occur in 1980. I can see how knowing that detail would make the story more interesting, and perhaps relaying some specific things from that timeline to add to the setting. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Hi Amrita, thanks for reading; I’m glad you found my story to be heartwarming and pleasant! This was actually based on my own memories, and I will say that I did indeed get very good at reading and evaluating people to know how best to speak with them for best results. I was also amazed at how different people were, from door to door and from…[Read more]

  • Hi Susan, thanks for your comments. As far as I know, I’m fairly certain the contest itself was probably a scam, because I never heard that any of the “contestants” actually won a prize, but I’m fairly confident the people did receive their magazine subscriptions.
    As for the scavenger hunt at the end, it was something I did when I encountered…[Read more]

  • Thanks for reading and leaving such kind words, June! Much appreciated!

  • Hey Maria,
    I realized based on yours and Paul’s comments that I forgot to mark this as a memoir. I spent about 6 months with this company, traveling through the western united states, i was quite a trip! Honestly, I’m not sure anyone ever actually won the contest, but when I quit, I was in 8th place!

  • Hi Paul, the connection was her job – she mentioned “she knew when she was hired for the job…” Anyway, I had forgotten to mark it as a memoir (which I’ve since corrected), as this was based on my own experiences when I was 18 back in 1980! Glad to know you were entertained; thanks for that!

  • Thanks, Jane!This was a fun story for me to write (which was necessary to get me out of the darkness of my Grace story). Glad you enjoyed it!

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