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Featured Story, Week of Sept. 22, 2018: "Clarissa"

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 we passed around the Brainstormer prompt generator app for an idea, and centered on a theme of the first day of fall. The random prompts for this story were "loss of a loved one," "mechanized," and "insects." We had 20 minutes to write. CLARISSA By Susan Lee The sunset had never been more beautiful, Clarissa thought, tucking her skirt underneath her as she lowered herself on to the grass. And nothing would be as beautiful as this sunset on this day, at least for her. Clarissa closed her eyes, letting the colors dance on the inside of her eyelids. She was grateful for

Featured Stories, Week of Sept. 15, 2018: Part Three

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 are ALL featured as this was a particularly fun jaunt into our imagination. First, we drew at random a genre. Then we chose a prompt from the book "Q&A a Day for Writers." Then we wrote for 20 minutes. IF THE SHOE FITS By Bryan Mahoney For once the fulgent sun was not a welcome sight ... Who is this guy? And what the hell is "fulgent?" Him? Oh - Detective Sullenberger. Yeah - you get used to him. Wait - he does this all the time? ... A heavy burden must have crushed his esophagus - the weight of a doomed relationship, perhaps ... Yeah, pretty much narrates the

Featured Stories, Week of Sept. 15, 2018: Part Two

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 are ALL featured as this was a particularly fun jaunt into our imagination. First, we drew at random a genre. Then we chose a prompt from the book "Q&A a Day for Writers." Then we wrote for 20 minutes. GUIDANCE By L.E. Lasko There was a thumping on the roof. At first I thought it was just Stanley, the overweight raccoon who terrorized the neighborhood. But the sound was too rhythmic, too consistent. Three hard knocks, a pause, then three more. I didn’t want to go out to investigate, but Rob would tease me if I didn’t. He always joked I couldn’t hold my horror,

Featured Stories, Week of Sept. 15, 2018: Part One

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 are ALL featured as this was a particularly fun jaunt into our imagination. First, we drew at random a genre. Then we chose a prompt from the book "Q&A a Day for Writers." Then we wrote for 20 minutes. THE WIDE WORLD OF JASON By Ryan Carbery It's a beautiful day, the sky is blue spotted with white, unthreatening clouds. Not too warm, not too cool. There's wind coming in from the east, do you think that will be a factor today, Tom? No, Larry, I don't think so. It's really more of a light breeze, if anything it might instigate, but overall...I gotta be honest, La

Featured Story, Week of Sept. 9, 2018: "Gerty Gets It Good"

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 answered the following questions to develop a character from scratch: What is their profession? What is their gender? What is something they want? What is their highest level of education, or where did they get their education? What climate did they grow up in? Who or what is their worst enemy? What is their favorite thing in the world? How are they getting or planning to get the thing that they want? Then we wrote a story setting up this character. We had 20 minutes to write. GERTY GETS IT GOOD By Erik Engman Gertrude, Gerty for short, sat upon the

Featured Story, Week of Aug. 12, 2018: "Harrington and the Jet Pack Attack"

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 an objective, an injury and a complication for Erik Day's Action Adventure Action. Then we each wrote a piece containing three randomly chosen elements. We had 20 minutes to write. HARRINGTON AND THE JET PACK ATTACK By Erik Engman Harrington, Space Detective, raced across the plaza, pushing past the lines of tourists waiting patiently for their turn. She got to the launch area at the head of the line and assessed the situation. One by one, each tourist on all seven launching pads shot off into the sky, leaving their ride operator instructors behind on

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