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Featured Story, Week of June 24, 2018: "The Row of Billy O'Doddy" and "Devil'

Each week we feature a story written by one or two of our group members at our weekly meetings. For this week's featured stories, we all chose from an encyclopedia of superstitions and wrote using that superstition as an inspiration for our story. We had 20 minutes to write. The row of Billy O’Doddy By Bryan Mahoney Superstition: Extra toes are considered good luck Billy O’Doddy had a sixth toe on his right foot which he named Shilly O’Bree and he took it with him wherever he went. He made a spectacle of themselves at the market employing his uncanny ability to plunge his hand into a stack of beets and pluck the one golden prize from the bunch. It was said he’d never had a bad day at sea and

Featured Story, Week of June 17, 2018: "Honeyed Hellfire"

Each week we feature a story written by one or two of our group members at our weekly meetings. For this week's featured storey, we pulled out all the prompt generators in our notebook of tricks and mashed them all together. We each picked a genre, a first (or last) sentence made of three crazy sections, and a magazine photo to base it all off of. We had 20 minutes to write. Honeyed Hellfire By Kate Weize Argyle Sweeney McFadden the Fourth read from the Necronomicon while sucking down a Miller High Life, feet propped up on the arm of the couch, in his Power Ranger boxers, facing the living room doorway and the long, empty white hallway behind it. This is important--the hallway, its emptiness

Featured Story, Week of June 10, 2018: "The Curious Dot in the Dark" and "Man VS Morn

Each week we feature a story written by one or two of our group members at our weekly meetings. For this week's featured stories, we picked a mundane activity to write about and worked in three five-minute writing sections, dealing with the conflicts of man vs. self, man vs. nature, and man vs.man. The Curious Dot in the Dark By Bryan Mahoney Darius stared at the green blip so intently, he wondered if his eyeballs could will it to move away. The blip represented that impossible scenario – the one thing they breeze over in training because “Oh you’ll never have to worry about that.” He was worrying. The round radar screen showed several other red and blue lights. He knew what those meant – ha

Featured Story, Week of June 3, 2018: "The Fine Print"

Each week we feature a story written by one or two of our group members at our weekly meetings. For this week's featured story, the prompt was "the thing finally worth selling your soul for." We had 20 minutes to write. The Fine Print By Ryan Carbery “Any soul is worth saving, at least to a priest. But not ever soul is worth buying. So you can take the offer as a complement.” -William S. Burroughs. “I'm not sure what you're getting out of this deal.” It feels like no one had asked her this question before. Is her or him appropriate? I kind of just assume looking like Julie Newmar was because of that Twilight Zone episode. I was cool with it. “Just your soul, deary. Just one little ol' soul.”

Featured Stories, Week of May 27, 2018: "Ace Phaser and the Zoo of Doom" and "Faux Fu

Each week we feature a story written by one or two of our group members at one of our meetings. For this week's featured stories, the group all followed the same prompts: "Disaster, Retro SciFi, Zoo." We had 20 minutes to write a short story based off of that prompt. ACE PHASER AND THE ZOO OF DOOM By Erik Engman Ace Phaser landed his one-person spacecraft strategically in the upper mountains of Torinth 4 on the only flat plateau the terrain could provide. He leaped out of the pod; his form-fitting uniform generously showing off his muscular frame, his wavy blonde hair wafting in the breeze, his square jaw confidentially held high. He scanned the terrain, blaster in hand. He stroked the blas

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