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  • Thanks, Peggy! I appreciate all your kind words and specific feedback! I will use it to get better! That’s pretty funny, Ive never heard anyone call in sick haha but I am in the states and we are weird over here!

    Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it!

    -Matt

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  • Patty! Thank you for your time and feedback, I am glad you enjoyed it! – Matt

  • Del! Thank you so much for the feedback and your time. I run my pieces through spell checkers and grammarly, and still find ways to mess it up! Haha

    Glad you enjoyed it! This is a character I have written a good portion of the year so if you want to check out more feel free! I am always looking for more feedback! Thanks again and happy holidays! – Matt

  • Thanks, Charles! Always appreciate your feedback! – Matt

  • Absolutely, man! Thanks for the feedback and for taking the time to read! If you want to critique my December submission I’d love to hear! Thanks! – matt

  • Jessica! Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed yourself! I appreciate the feedback! Please feel free to critique my December submission if you want! Thanks! – Matt

  • Zefira! Thanks for reading and providing specific feedback! I appreciate it and will work on it! Thanks! If you ahve any feedback on my December submission I would love to hear! Thanks! – matt

  • Lauren – Thanks for sharing your December submission! Wow. Intense take on the prompt, well done! I didn’t know where we were going at the start, but way to bring it home. Very well done! Great pace and detail. Have a great holiday season! – Matt

  • Much appreciated Lauren! I had a good time figuring this one out – actually wrote three but kept coming back to this one so I went with it! Glad you enjoyed! – Matt

  • Del – Thanks for sharing your December submission! Hell of a take on the prompt! Great pace and detail. Love the time in to covid and modern times, made it real. Have a great holiday and if you want to critique mine feel free! Thanks! – Matt

  • Patty – Thanks for sharing your December submission! Wonderful take on the story, great detail and pacing – I am from Philadelphia so I am a little biased haha Feel free to critique mine if you want! Have a great holiday! – Matt

  • AC – Thanks for sharing your December story! Great take on the prompt – great pacing and detail! Hope they do well on their next mission! Feel free to critique my submission if you want! Thanks! – Matt

  • Charles – We did it. 12 stories in the bag haha. Thanks for sharing all year with us, I looked for your stories all year and appreciate you style, and humor. This one is great. Unexpected, but I enjoy reading your grittier work as much as I do your humor work. One day I will dig into that part of myself, but not today. Well done, great pacing and…[Read more]

  • “Greg, I need you to cover tonight. Brad called out sick.” Mort, Greg’s supervisor, informed.

    “No way!” Greg pleaded, “The office Christmas party’s tonight! I am literally heading there now! Where’s Brad! He only […]

    • What a fun take on this prompt! I loved your use of humor and spicy language in this, and how you bring the normal office banality to demons/reapers. Thank you for sharing this!

      • Much appreciated Lauren! I had a good time figuring this one out – actually wrote three but kept coming back to this one so I went with it! Glad you enjoyed! – Matt

    • Matt, I smiled throughout your story. First of all kudos on hitting your twelve story submission for Deadlines. You should be proud of hanging in there and reaching your goal. Next, I think this story was a clever take on this month’s prompt I totally dug the idea about Greg being late or missing out on his Holiday Office Party. Your tale was funny and irreverent. In short, a hoot to read.

    • HAHAHAHAH – this was hilarious! I picked up a few typos which you’ll probably find when you read it aloud to yourself but nothing that can’t be fixed easily.
      I had to stop at the ‘Brent Trent, you have been a naughty mother fucker ‘ etc as I had tears of laughter impeding my vision!
      I love these ‘alternate’ takes on traditional stories but it takes skill to carry them off well – you appear to have that skill, you lucky MF!!
      Once you’ve sorted those typos/missing words etc, I think this story has a home somewhere …
      Good use of prompt and title.

      • Del! Thank you so much for the feedback and your time. I run my pieces through spell checkers and grammarly, and still find ways to mess it up! Haha

        Glad you enjoyed it! This is a character I have written a good portion of the year so if you want to check out more feel free! I am always looking for more feedback! Thanks again and happy holidays! – Matt

    • Hi Matt– Great take on the prompt. I love your creativity. This made me smile!

    • Dark humor indeed, this was such a fun, irreverent read, I enjoyed it immensely. I love how you doled out the clues as to who, or what, your characters were. At first I was thinking he had to fill in for a role in a play, but then it became entirely clear when Mort had to take the ‘hard way’ to get Greg to agree to fill in. Not like he had much choice! [minor niggle: Did Mort ‘own me for this one’ or owe me for this one’] Mort’s relieved response after Greg agreed was classic, really set the tone for the rest of the story and the humor throughout.
      The only other minor point that I picked up on is I’ve always heard that people call in sick, never heard them call out sick, either way works, it just threw me off a bit.
      Overall I found your story to be hilariously funny, highly entertaining, and incredibly creative. Well done!

      • Thanks, Peggy! I appreciate all your kind words and specific feedback! I will use it to get better! That’s pretty funny, Ive never heard anyone call in sick haha but I am in the states and we are weird over here!

        Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it!

        -Matt

  • Cobus – Great read – a lot happening in a a short piece. Well done, wish there was more breathing room here to get some more detail and dialogue, however full enjoyed it! Thanks! – Matt

  • Otto, no! Haha Great read! Thanks for sharing! Loved the pace and emotion throughout. Easy to follow and sink into, well done! – Matt

  • Charles – Well done as always. Favorite part was the spa treatment. 10 of 10 again, man. Thanks for sharing! – Matt

  • Oh man Cobus! I really appreciate it! I did some research about how to use 2 POVs and wanted to take a crack at it! Glad you thought it worked! Always appreciate your time and feedback! – Matt

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