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My user name is a joke, but most everything else except my age is true. And who decided it was proper to ask a lady her age? Sheesh! ;-)

Maggie Rascal
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On the ragged edge of disaster, Washington, United States
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To Kill a Mockingbird, Lonesome Dove, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Lord of the Flies, The Other...
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Topic: Five Anthologies Seeking Submission: From Folk Horror to Poetry
Posted: 30 Mar 2017 13:48

Authors Publish recently posted a list of submission calls for anthologies for a variety of topics and genres: poetry about rifts in America, romance fiction, apocalyptic and New England horror fiction, and more. None charge a submission fee.



1. Cat’s Breakfast: An Anthology of Science Fiction/Satire
Third Flatiron pays tribute to Kurt Vonnegut on the 10th anniversary of his death. They want original speculative fiction stories that reflect his “sideways, humorous, sceptical view” (or gallows humour). For each of their anthologies, they also accept a few very short humour pieces, like Shouts and Murmurs in The New Yorker.

Length: 1,500-3,000 words, enquire if longer; about 600 words for the short humour pieces
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: 6 cents per word
Details here .

2. Sixteen Rivers Press poetry anthology
They want poems that respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts in America now; poems of resistance and resilience, of witness and vision. There is no fee for postal submissions.

Length: Up to three poems, totalling up to three pages
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: Two copies of the anthology
Details here .

3. Zimbell House’s Summer Fling: Tales of Seduction
They want well-crafted stories of romances that began in summer, or lasted only through a summer. No erotica; a PG-17 rating must be maintained.

Length: 4,500-20,000 words
Deadline: 15 April 2017
Pay: One soft-cover copy of the anthology.
Details here .

4. Would But Time Wait: An Anthology of New England Folk Horror
Orford Parish Books wants horror fiction in which the present, which can be a year/decade of the author’s choosing, collides with the history, folklore, traditions, and psychogeography of a region, with the collision having a significant impact on the present (as defined in the work). Stories should use the physical, historical, and social landscapes of New England – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – as a focal point. Writers can invent their own folklore, traditions, and fictional New England locations. They don’t want any stereotyping, including of economically disadvantaged or marginalized people, and prefer to avoid stories of sexual violence. Authors must query before submitting.

Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Pay: $75
Details here .

5. SNAFU Judgement day: post-apocalyptic military horror
They want stories with invading space aliens, demonic invasion, DNA-grafted dinosaurs taking over the planet, manmade viral infections that nearly wipe out humanity, or artificial intelligence – anything that would bring about the end of the world. They want stories with soldiers, and action; about what happens during the worst of the fall of humanity or afterwards. No zombies.

Length: 2,000-10,000 words; query for shorter or longer
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Pay: AUD4c/word
Details here .

Topic: Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 21:04

Well, the file name for the dot badge is storiesspace.com/badges/45.aspx (which leads to a 'file not found' message).

As those of us in the U.S. know, 45 never delivers what was promised, and always results in an error.

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Topic: Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 07:56

That's the "Can't See Timeline" badge, Larry. It's very exclusive. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/evil6.gif" alt="evil4">

Topic: Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 07:39

Yes. This is still happening. I just checked and I cannot get to my timeline.

It is still happening for me, too.

I logged out and logged in again, still no timeline, just the message as in the screen shot I posted here.

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Has anyone else mentioned this, apart from Larry and myself?

I don't know if anyone else has reported the error message. I'll point Gav to this thread.

In the meantime, my only suggestion is the standard clear your cache and cookies, and if that doesn't work, try a different browser.

Topic: Time line, error message - anyone else?
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 14:58

Is this still happening? My timeline looks fine to me. I've logged out and back in a few times this week without getting the error message even once, and timeline is set to be my welcome page so it came up each time I logged in.

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Topic: DirtyMartini - Alan W. Jankowski - has passed away
Posted: 18 Mar 2017 10:14

My "more to say"...


Topic: DirtyMartini - Alan W. Jankowski - has passed away
Posted: 14 Mar 2017 10:50

Yes, it's true. Here is a link to the online obituary:


I'll have more to say later. Right now, I am beyond words.

Topic: Gav
Posted: 01 Mar 2017 13:11

Hi Gav. I just noticed our newest member here, Tarasmith, is a floor polishing service in Melbourne. I could swear I've seen the same advertisement on another recent member's profile. Should we report these people to you, to the admins here, or just ignore them?

Thanks, Larry. We appreciate you bringing it to our attention. Please continue to let us know about inappropriate or questionable profiles by using the Report Profile option (in the upper left corner when you're on the profile page).

Topic: INSPIRATION NEED/WANTED Help me please!
Posted: 27 Feb 2017 14:32

Justine, the same problem has hit me hard at various times. One thing I do is read the news and frame a flash fiction piece around an item that piques my interest. Another tactic is to write a fictional account based on something that happens during your day.

For example, "Divine Justice" is based on an item in the news, while "The Virtue of Patience" is loosely based on an actual occurrence.

Oh, and yet another way I've tricked myself into writing is to jot down as many six-word stories as you can think of, then build longer stories around your favorites. "The Assignment," "No Big Deal," "The Wait" and "It's Over" resulted from that technique.

Good luck!

Topic: can't change a score made by accident
Posted: 23 Jan 2017 13:17

Send me a PM with the story and the score you intended to leave, and I'll take care of it.

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For a Friend I'll Never Meet

You always did like surprise endings, A twist no one could see coming, And that last one of yours was a doozy. Days later, we're still reeling, Not from the shock, which dissipates, But from a grief that lingers. You probably never knew The regard people held you in, For it seemed to sneak up As we chatted and laughed About topics big and small. Our esteem grew Alongside your virtual...

Added 17 Mar 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 22 | Avg Score 5 | Views 296 | 13 Comments

It's Gonna Be Great

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Added 15 Feb 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 17 | Avg Score 5 | Views 276 | 16 Comments

There Was a Crooked Man

There was a crooked man Who ran a crooked race [1] And with his crooked words, Put opponents in their place He chopped them down, one by one ’Til a single foe remained On merit, she’d win handily, So he painted her with disdain [2] This shameless huckster’s style Is totally ‘in your face’ At any time in memory, It would have brought him great disgrace But that isn’t how it happened, Not...

Added 16 Jan 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 229 | 8 Comments

17 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

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Added 05 Nov 2016 | Category Humor | Votes 12 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 200 | 9 Comments

Nasty Woman and the Bad Hombres Present: (He Does Not Like) The Old Blond Bitch

Excuse me, sir; I hate to intrude But you're out in public and your shirt's rather rude Although fairly mild, as far as some go, The sentiment still dips pretty low I mean, 'Life's a bitch - don't elect one.' Why does she deserve that, what has she done? Oh, I cannot stand her, lots of reasons why For one, get in her way, and you're gonna die She's had people murdered time and again You...

Added 26 Oct 2016 | Category Musings | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 329 | 9 Comments

Trump School of Dance

Today at the Trump School of Dance we’re going to teach you Mr. Trump’s personal favorite move, The Narcissist Hustle. If you promise not to tell him I told you this, it’s actually the only step he knows—but he performs it expertly, better than anyone alive, in fact. Follow these steps precisely, and before long you’ll be doing it like a pro, too. 1. Rationalize: Dismiss and make...

Added 10 Oct 2016 | Category Musings | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 191 | 7 Comments

Recommended Read (I Do Not Like) The Orange Man

Pardon me, miss, have you time for a poll? No, not today. I'm out for a stroll. That's okay, ma'am, while you stroll I can poll! All right, I suppose, if you poll while I stroll... Do you plan to vote in the presidential race? Oh, yes! Not voting is a terrible disgrace! Tell me a bit as to how you'll choose— If you could, please share your views! Well— I do not like the...

Added 29 Sep 2016 | Category Musings | Votes 31 | Avg Score 5 | Views 632 | 21 Comments

Tell Me, Please

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Added 20 Sep 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 222 | 7 Comments

On Her Own

"This tour guide doesn't know what he's talking about. You don't need to go all the way to the student union for lunch — the coffee shop at the library is better, faster and cheaper than the cafeteria. The selection isn't quite as wide, but..." "Listen, I appreciate your insight, but you really don't need to be here. It is 'new student' orientation, after all, not 'new student and chaperone.'"...

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Divine Justice

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Writer's Block: A Short Tale of Seaside Serendipity (Short Tales Book 1)
Writer's Block: A Short Tale of Seaside Serendipity (Short Tales Book 1)

When a noted writer hits the wall with her current project, she heads to the beach to concentrate on her work, but instead finds a charming distraction. This award-winning short story (approximately 4,500 words) has been called “magnificently well-crafted,” “clever,”...

Lost and Found: A Short Tale of Dogged Determination (Short Tales Book 2)
Lost and Found: A Short Tale of Dogged Determination (Short Tales Book 2)

A timely tale of just 2,300 words, “Lost and Found” is the second story in the Short Tales series, an affectionate look at a few of the pitfalls and mishaps faced by a couple navigating a new romance. Jane and Martin both have past histories: love, loss and unforeseen changes, but...

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