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
Local Time:
10 Jul 2020 06:54
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...


Date Joined:
12 Oct 2010
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 21 Mar 2020 13:24

Hello, friends.

As many of you know, I live near the worst of this in Washington state. My county has the highest number of deaths in the U.S., but no cases have been reported in our town yet. Mr. Rascal and I are observing all the distancing guidelines and are practicing strict sanitizing protocols. We’ll get through this.

All my best to everyone here. Thank you for your patience with submission verification as we all tend to more pressing matters in our lives right now.

Topic: Jan. 31 deadline - Timeworn Literary Journal seeking Historical Fiction
Posted: 18 Jan 2020 10:40

From their website:

“Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes unpublished historical fiction submissions in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven.

We're looking for ‘Historical Fiction from the fringe.’ Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged.”

Details here:


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 19 Nov 2019 10:35

I wonder if anyone has heard anything about the eBook we were going to put together called the Dirty Martini Anthology. That simply disappeared from our consciousness didn't it?

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It didn’t so much disappear as it was pushed aside by some items of major importance in my personal life. I’m still keen on the idea if others are interested.

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Topic: Disease and Prevention
Posted: 08 Nov 2019 08:57

Thanks for the good info, Keith. In my circle of family and friends, we’re big believers in herd immunity. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_thumleft.gif" alt="thumbright">

Topic: Calls for short fiction plus some contests
Posted: 01 Oct 2019 14:29

All of the submission calls can be found here:


Topic: Challenge: Back to School
Posted: 28 Sep 2019 15:39

I've updated the first post with links to all the stories posted so far in the challenge, and included a link to the backtoschool tag , so they will be easy to find.

Thanks to everyone, they're all great and each one is distinctly different. So much fun to read!

Thank you, Gypsy! <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_thumleft.gif" alt="thumbright">

Challenge Champ badges have been awarded to participating writers as of Sept. 28.

Topic: Where can we find you?
Posted: 12 Sep 2019 09:25

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this site since I started writing my first story. I'm happy to hear what you think about it. If you're interested, It's called The Queen of Back Bay, a story about a student who has an eccentric uncle. I can't seem to make links in here, so tips on that appreciated as well!

I can usually be found in Brockton or Cambridge, Massachusetts, but online I have a number of locations:


Facebook: DarrenRobertBennett

Instagram: @d.bennettfinearts

Thanks for reading!


Welcome to Stories Space, Darren! <img src="/images/emoticons/hello.gif" alt="hello2">

Once you reached 20 forum posts, you’ll be able to include links and upload images. This requirement was put in place to deter spammers. Our Games and Word Play forums are great places to increase your post count, or stop by the Break Room for some casual conversation.

Topic: Challenge: Back to School
Posted: 04 Sep 2019 14:19

Thanks, Gypsy, this will be a fun challenge!

Participants meeting all the requirements set forth will receive a Challenge Champ badge.

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(Medal depicted is not the actual badge)

Topic: About this forum
Posted: 16 Jul 2019 14:08

Any member may post a writing prompt or challenge (no more than one per week, please).

Writing Prompts may take many forms. For example:

• Write a paragraph about your childhood
• Write a haiku about today's weather
• Tell a story about a photograph (you must have taken the photo yourself or have the photographer's permission to post a photo prompt)
• Write a story that must include specific items or phrases

Prompts do not require that whatever is written be submitted and published here, although they certainly may be if the author wishes. The idea is simply to provide a creative spark. No badge is offered for following a writing prompt.

Challenges should have a set of guidelines, including a tag or title requirement that will enable us to keep track of participating submissions. Pieces written in response to a challenge must be submitted for publication. Participants will receive a Challenge Champ badge that displays the number of challenges completed.

If a writing prompt or challenge is found to be inappropriate, it may be revised or removed.

Please contact me with questions or comments.


Topic: Challenge: The Moon
Posted: 16 Jul 2019 10:45

Thanks, Anna – this is a great challenge! Those who complete it will receive a Challenge Champ badge.

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Added 02 Mar 2019 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 631 | 12 Comments

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Added 07 Oct 2018 | Category Songs | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 652 | 9 Comments

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Added 13 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 469 | 7 Comments

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Added 12 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 595 | 6 Comments

Recommended Read Colorado Calls, Jersey Rejoices

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Added 17 Mar 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 661 | 6 Comments

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Added 30 Nov 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 899 | 2 Comments

For a Friend I'll Never Meet

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Added 17 Mar 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,043 | 10 Comments

It's Gonna Be Great

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Added 15 Feb 2017 | Category Musings | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 927 | 14 Comments

There Was a Crooked Man

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Thank you for your friendship - now I can give you a happy birthday greeting -
27 May 2020 18:04
Have a great birthday, Maggie.
24 May 2020 14:47
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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31 May 2019 23:15

Aww I missed your birthday [bh] sorry! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! 🎂🎁🎈🎉

27 May 2019 03:18
Belated happy happy birthday

25 May 2019 02:01
I hope you are having a fantastic birthday.
24 May 2019 17:05
Hi, Maggie. Happy Birthday.
24 May 2019 08:04
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
24 May 2019 00:30
Thank you Maggie for becoming my friend. I'm still looking through the site for those things of most interest to me.
07 May 2019 14:04
I hope you had a lovely day.
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