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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23 Sep 2018 07:54
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: Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted: 23 Sep 2018 00:28

Drawn —> Warn

Topic: Announcing the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Contest!
Posted: 22 Sep 2018 15:56

I like the idea.

Just a couple of queries though.

1) Isn't the camera's name spelled Exakta? Not Exacta.

If it is then...

2) Which model 66 are you referring to. There were several different styles of 66's made over the years.

Thanks, Meredith!

1. You’re right. I’ll fix the spelling.

2. It doesn’t matter. Any model you choose! <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Topic: Share Your Favorites
Posted: 22 Sep 2018 10:26

So I was wondering, what is your favorite story/poem/musing/etc on here? Something you think everyone else should read.

Also, what is your favorite story/poem/musing/etc that you yourself have written and would love for people to read? I mean this is the place to advertise yourself.

The one that sticks out the most for me is also one of the first stories I ever read on here. I remember reading it and thinking, 'Oh she's clever.' Now that I officially know her, I still feel the same way.

Better Than You by magnificent1rascal

As far as mine goes, I will have to say:

Love And War

How did I miss this? Thank you, Molly! <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

We have some outstanding work here on Stories Space, all worthy of a recommendation. Narrowing it down to one, however, my personal favorite is...

The Raft by Gypsy

For my own work, I’ll go with my Married to a Clotheshorse trio of poems.

1. The Pants on the Floor

2. The Shirts Out the Door

3. The Man Goes Shopping — But Not at the Store

Topic: Announcing the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Contest!
Posted: 21 Sep 2018 16:03

Thanks for hosting this - you woke me up!
Yay, I'm glad of that! It's always a pleasure to see you. <img src="/images/emoticons/hello.gif" alt="hello2">

Btw, I'm trying to figure out why it shows you as having -4 forum posts. How is that even possible? <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_scratch.gif" alt="scratch">

Topic: Words from words
Posted: 21 Sep 2018 09:37


Deal, Deals
Dealer, Dealers
Dear, Dears
Dip, Dips
Lead, Leads
Leader, Leaders
Lad, Lads
Lap, Laps
Lip, Lips
Leap, Leaps
Hip, Hips
Read, Reads
Reap, Reaps
Pale, Pales
Pail, Pails
Pal, Pals
Peal, Peals
Pear, Pears
Pare, Pares


Topic: Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted: 21 Sep 2018 09:27

Redrawn —> Warden

Topic: Sprucing Up the Forums
Posted: 21 Sep 2018 09:24

just wanted to check in and give Maggie a few "props" for tackling Stories

Aww, it’s kind of you to say that, Fuzzy. It has been a team effort, and thank you for being part of the team!

<img src="/images/emoticons/2407_group_hug.gif" alt="2407_group_hug">

Topic: Announcing the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Contest!
Posted: 20 Sep 2018 15:58


In our latest contest, we’re honoring Alan W. Jankowski, who used the handle Dirty Martini here. Alan was a longtime moderator at Stories Space, as well as a talented writer and friend to many. He passed away in March 2017. You don’t need to have known Alan in order to enter, but it would be a good idea to visit his profile page and read some of his work first.


• No entry fee
• All entries must be new, original work
• One entry per person
• Limit 420 words
• Category must be Micro Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry or Songs
• Tags must include the word ‘whatever’
• Submission must include the number 420 in some form (time, date, distance, weight, temperature, length, or whatever) AND one item from EACH of the following lists:
1. Exakta 66 camera, Gibson Les Paul guitar, Albert King album
2. Penguin, potato, bee
3. A letter, a dirty martini, a neon sign

Submissions not meeting all requirements will be rejected. Before submitting an entry, please make sure that it has been thoroughly proofread and is the story you want to submit. Entries may not be edited after submission, or deleted and replaced with another entry.


In currency, a bit is 1/8 of a dollar, or 12.5 cents. As we have a limited budget (and to add a bit of whimsy), prize money for this contest will be calculated as bits.

Please note that only the first place entry is guaranteed an Editors’ Pick award. Second and third place are guaranteed a Recommended Read and will be considered for an Editors’ Pick. The remainder of the top 10 will be considered for both RR and EP awards but are guaranteed neither.

1st place: 420 bits ($52.50 USD), EP award, Competition Winner badge and Dirty Martini badge
2nd place: 210 bits ($26.25 USD), RR award, EP consideration, Competition Runner-up badge
3rd place: 140 bits ($17.50 USD), RR award, EP consideration, Competition Runner-up badge
Remaining top 10: 60 bits ($7.50 USD) each, RR and EP consideration, Competition Top 10 badge

Topic: Words from words
Posted: 18 Sep 2018 13:51


Paint, Paints
Path, Paths
Bath, Baths
Turban, Turbans
Puritan, Puritans
Pair, Pairs
Pain, Pains
Pin, Pins
Pan, Pans
Pant, Pants
Tin, Tins
Tan, Tans
Bin, Bins
Ban, Bans
Habit, Habits
Runt, Runts
Run, Runs
Ruin, Ruins
Harp, Harps
Tarp, Tarps


Topic: Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted: 18 Sep 2018 13:29

Drawers —> Reward

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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 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 110 | 5 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 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 162 | 5 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 299 | 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 435 | 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 19 | Avg Score 5 | Views 693 | 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 607 | 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 598 | 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 487 | 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 559 | 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 495 | 6 Comments

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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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2 days ago
Thank you for the FR x
20 Jul 2018 15:33
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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15 Dec 2017 14:11
Hi Maggie. Wishing the best for the Holiday Season.
15 Dec 2017 08:22
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