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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14 Nov 2018 21:02
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: 12 Nov 2018 16:48

Sorry, just want to ask. Why this forum does not register on my forum post on my profile. If I wanted to get back to my last post here to read, i'll just click the link on my profile. 🤔 Thank you.

I'll point this out to Maggie. It's a new forum so perhaps something isn't set up just right. I know forum software can be fiddly sometimes.

Thank you <img src="/images/emoticons/hello.gif" alt="hello2">

I tweaked one of the forum settings so coffee house and other Break Room posts should now appear on your profile. Please let me know if it still isn’t working properly.

Topic: Riddle me this
Posted: 11 Nov 2018 20:45

Spectacles (or monocle)

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Topic: Story settings, an anomaly
Posted: 11 Nov 2018 12:22

That’s odd. The setting seems to have disappeared.

It still is active for your stories, however; I tried voting on one of your stories while logged out and received a message that I had to be logged in to do that.

<img src="/images/emoticons/dontknow.gif" alt="dontknow">

Topic: Pumpkin spice - yay or nay?
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 17:40

I've never tried it <img src="/images/emoticons/dontknow.gif" alt="dontknow">

Am I missing out?

You aren't missing out, in my opinion.

While I do like a pumpkin spice mixture — cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves — in some baked goods, I find it nasty in a latte. Starbucks makes a HUGE deal about its Pumpkin Spice Latte, though, and a lot of people like it. I think Pumpkin Spice has become way overdone in the U.S. It's in everything.

Topic: Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 16:39

I posted a story fairly recently that fits the bill


Does this count?

I know, I should get scribbling and write a new one... <img src="/images/emoticons/eusa_think.gif" alt="Think">

It won't count toward this challenge, but thanks for sharing! And don't worry, we'll have more challenges to come.

Topic: Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 16:35

Be sure to check out the Time Warp Challenge pieces:

• Ghostly Arms by Adagio
• The Revolutions Began by Survivor

Please note that Rune has entered our little challenge as well:


She indicated in her tags that this was a timewrapchallenge. I don't think we should overlook it because she misspelled it. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

Thanks! I did miss it because I searched for the tag time warp challenge. Off to update the list. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Topic: Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 14:18

Be sure to check out the Time Warp Challenge pieces:

• Ghostly Arms by Adagio
• Hourglass by Rune
• The Revolutions Began by Survivor

Topic: Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 14:09

And now I can't get that song out of my mind. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_clown.gif" alt="clown">

I haven't come up with anything new for this challenge, but do have at least one that would fit the bill.

Ephemeral III

Now, how's that for a time warp, a story about time, written five years before the challenge was created. <img src="/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

Haha, it is a catchy tune all right! <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

Your Ephemeral series is great, and III certainly has the 'time warp' spirit. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Thanks for sharing!

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Nov 2018 13:59

Brrr! It's cold and rainy here today (we've even had sleet at times) — the perfect day for a mug of hot chocolate.


How's everyone doing? <img src="/images/emoticons/hello.gif" alt="hello2">

Topic: Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted: 08 Nov 2018 11:25

Maggie has added 8 badges.

But others are being deleted at the same time. It’s pretty close to a wash. <img src="/images/emoticons/Lwinking.gif" alt="Lwinking">

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Dream Vacation

Sipping dirty martinis Watching girls in bikinis And strumming on my Les Paul Albert King ambles through Riffs ‘I’ll Play the Blues for You’ Man, I really got it all CHORUS It’s a dream vacation No place I’d rather be Yeah, a dream vacation Not sure where I’m at But it suits me Checking out pics From my Exakta 66 Can’t believe what I see Don’t remember all those Sometimes, that’s how it goes...

Added 07 Oct 2018 | Category Songs | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 233 | 10 Comments

Lost and Found

  MARTIN HANDED A MUG of fresh coffee to Jane and slid into the seat opposite her at the breakfast table, pausing a moment before he spoke. “Jane, I need to ask you something.” Caught off guard by the statement, she slopped a little of the steaming liquid. “You always do that when I’m holding a drink,” she chided gently, dabbing the spill with a napkin. Her lighthearted tone belied...

Added 13 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 163 | 6 Comments

Recommended Read Writer's Block

  THE CALENDAR TAUNTED JANE, its little yellow-highlighted square outlined in a bold red stroke mocking her lack of progress. ‘You’re going to miss the deadline, you know. I’m just six weeks away now,’ it scoffed. ‘Whatever made you apply for that fellowship anyhow, and what could the panel have been thinking when they gave it to you? You’re no writer; you’ve proven that over the past...

Added 12 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 243 | 6 Comments

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 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 363 | 6 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 482 | 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 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 756 | 10 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 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 632 | 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 654 | 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 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 528 | 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 603 | 7 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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Something like this would do nicely for your "Office".
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Thank you for the FR x
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05 Jul 2018 00:39
Saw this and thought of you

02 Jul 2018 16:50
It’s always the right time for tea and cakes.

28 May 2018 11:33
27 May 2018 16:48

someone as special as you deserve not a day but a birthday week 😄
Have a Happy Birthday sweet Mags
24 May 2018 12:12
Have a lovely birthday, Maggie.
24 May 2018 07:32
24 May 2018 06:53
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
24 May 2018 00:30
I know it's tomorrow but didn't want to miss it. Have a great day! [bh]

23 May 2018 15:03
WooHoo.. Happy Dance..
The Internet is working again after a month and a half!
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