About magnificent1rascal


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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21 Apr 2018 12:08
Many and varied
Favorite Books:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lonesome Dove, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Lord of the Flies, The Other...
Favorite Authors:
John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, Tom Wolfe...
Favorite Movies:
The African Queen, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Rear Window, North by Northwest, High Noon, Annie Hall, Being There...
Favourite TV Shows:
The Sopranos, The Twilight Zone, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hill Street Blues...
Favorite Music:
West Coast jazz -- Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond...


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Topic: Awarding the DirtyMartini badge.
Posted: 15 Mar 2018 21:10

I've not been around as much as I had hoped to be after having surgery last month, but I still make it here every few days at least!

We're long overdue for another contest. I have an idea for one in mind, and an homage to Alan figures into it. However, I didn't realize we had the DirtyMartini badge on this site. Cool!

Topic: Hi new here
Posted: 19 Feb 2018 16:33

Welcome, everyone!

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Topic: "A comment has been made on one of your stories"
Posted: 20 Jan 2018 21:40

I have my profile set up to get an e-mail when ever someone comments on one of my stories. However, that's all that's sent is just a blank notification.

Is there any way the system could include the story title, who made the comment, and the comment in the e-mail?

All that info is posted in my Timeline profile.

Just asking.

James, I have to think this is some kind of glitch. It’s been about a month since I received any story comments, but at that time, the email notification told me which story it was made on, who left the comment (it was you!) and even provided a link. Let’s give it a few days for the kinks to work out. If it’s still happening next week, I’ll contact Gav and ask for his assistance.

Topic: badges
Posted: 19 Jan 2018 10:39

i am something of a badge hound and try to collect all the badges i can but not being a writer i will never get one of those. the thing is there are a few that seem unattainable here at ss especially the famous member badge. you need 100,000 views for this one, the same as on the sister sight but there are only about 3000 members here compared to the 300,000 there. couldn't you lower the views a little?<img src="/images/emoticons/help.gif" alt="help">

Y0u might want t0 check 0ut the thread called "Updating badges t0 reflect reality" here in the Site Ann0uncements and Members' Feedback area. Several 0f us talked ab0ut this subject and m0re. I made up a list 0f the 0nes I th0ught sh0uld be changed and sent it t0 Nic0la. Maybe she will think ab0ut it s0me m0re f0r this site.

Larry, is the "o" on your keyboard broken? Clever workaround with the 0! <img src="/images/emoticons/glasses10.gif" alt="glasses8">

Topic: It's Hard To Be The New One On The Block
Posted: 12 Jan 2018 12:56

Welcome to Stories Space!

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We hope you enjoy it here. Don't be shy about asking if you have any questions!

Topic: Storiesspace.com is a Facebook page
Posted: 28 Nov 2017 14:31

When I go to @Storiesspace on Twitter it shows the last entry was in June of 2106. But we have been tweeting stories from here very recently. I know you and I have both, Anna. I'm not sure where those tweets are going.

When you tweet a link via Stories Space, it appears on your Twitter profile, not on the @storiesspace profile. People who follow you will see it, but those who follow @storiesspace (but don't follow you) will not.

'Types of Tweets and Where They Appear' Twitter support article ]

• Definition: A Tweet containing another account’s Twitter username, preceded by the "@" symbol. For example: “Hello @TwitterSupport!”
• Where it appears for the sender: On the sender's profile page of public Tweets.
• Where it appears for the recipient: In the recipient's Notifications tabs, which is accessible only by them. Additionally, mentions will appear in the recipient's Home timeline view (not on their profile) if they are following the sender.
• Who else sees it? Anyone on Twitter who is following the sender of a mention will see the Tweet in their Home timeline.
• Places it will never appear: On anyone's profile page, unless they wrote the message.

Topic: Storiesspace.com is a Facebook page
Posted: 28 Nov 2017 11:00

You're right – we have been lax in administering the Facebook page. I'll add rectifying that to my list of New Years resolutions. <img src="/images/emoticons/Lwinking.gif" alt="Lwinking">

Topic: Verification for Copyright Change?
Posted: 01 Sep 2017 09:28

Yes, but it's done. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_flower.gif" alt="flower">

Previously approved pieces that are sent in for reverification go to the top of the queue, not the bottom. <img src="/images/emoticons/Lwinking.gif" alt="Lwinking">

Topic: From Authors Publish newsletter: 17 Themed Calls for Submissions
Posted: 10 Aug 2017 13:06

A wide variety of topics and genres are available for writers to submit in, including themes of mental illness, villains, both real and imaginary, sea terrors, gender and artificial intelligence, facets of Chinese cities, stories set in cellars and around mysterious stairs in the woods, writing by older women, about queer families and about phantasmagorical engines. Some anthologies pay writers, with payment ranging from semi-pro to token pay to contributor copies.

Check out all the submission opportunities here:


Topic: Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted: 25 May 2017 13:08

I agree that it would be a good idea to lower the number on the "famous" badges.

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Recommended Read Colorado Calls, Jersey Rejoices

Note: This compilation occurred to me more than a year ago. In fact, the reason I logged on to Facebook on March 14, 2017, was to reach out to Alan and propose that we combine our efforts, merging his Colorado Calling and my Jersey Rejoicing into one poem. Instead, I learned that morning of Alan's passing a few days earlier. It threw me for a loop, and the idea got pushed to the back of...

Added 17 Mar 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 161 | 5 Comments

MORE Alternatives to NaNoWriMo: Super Procrastinator Edition

  1. NaIgnoNaNoWriMo: Just ignore all the NaNoWriMo hoopla and hype. Pretend you didn’t read this or anything else about the writing frenzy that occurs every November. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s almost impossible to ignore NaNoWriMo anymore. But you can say you did. I promise not to tell anyone otherwise. 2. NaNanoWriMo: In the short time remaining, craft some kick-ass nano fiction....

Added 30 Nov 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 291 | 2 Comments

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 4.95 | Views 582 | 11 Comments

It's Gonna Be Great

The president is doing great Only a fool would think Otherwise Most everyone believes We should trust him There is no cause for concern But some are saying The country is in danger People are scared Nothing could be further from the truth Everything is going to be fine Now read from the bottom up… * * * © 2017 by M.P. Witwer • All rights reserved    ...

Added 15 Feb 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 15 | Avg Score 5 | Views 500 | 15 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 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 499 | 8 Comments

17 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

1. NaNO!WriMo: Do not write anything — not a single word — for 30 days. The challenge is tougher than it might seem. 2. NaDoWriMo: Chronicle every episode of The Simpsons in which Homer exclaims, "D'oh!" This, of course, requires watching every episode of The Simpsons. Not a bad way to spend the month. 3. NaSloWriMo: Writing shouldn't be a race. Take it slowly, savoring the...

Added 05 Nov 2016 | Category Humor | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.73 | Views 433 | 8 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 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 506 | 7 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 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 422 | 6 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 30 | Avg Score 5 | Views 963 | 20 Comments

Tell Me, Please

do I still have to stay? do I still have to care? tell me, please, why should I? tell me, please, who says so? do I still have to show up? do I still have to try? tell me, please, what's the point? tell me, please, when will I know? do I still have to smile? do I still have to pretend? tell me, please, where did the time go? tell me, please, how did it slip away? do you know...

Added 20 Sep 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 427 | 6 Comments

eBooks Published By magnificent1rascal

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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Hi Maggie. Wishing the best for the Holiday Season.
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say hello to Casper
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Hey, have a great day, Maggie.
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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