magnificent1rascal's Blog Entries



“Writer’s Block,” my short story featuring a struggling writer, her lovable dog, and a pair of charismatic characters they meet during their travels is now posted on Stories Space along with its sequel, “Lost and Found.” I hope you enjoy them!

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/general/writers-block.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/general/lost-and-found.aspx

10 days ago


My tribute to Alan W. Jankowski (DirtyMartini), fittingly posted here on the site where we became friends.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/for-a-friend-ill-never-meet.aspx

17 Mar 2017 14:13



My reflections on the current administration... If you don't like it one way, just read in reverse:

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/musings/its-gonna-be-great.aspx

21 Feb 2017 15:41



http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/musings/there-was-a-crooked-man.aspx

If, like me, you're tired of hearing that we have to "give him a chance" — or if you're the one saying it — check out my new musing for a rundown of the chances he's already been given and how he wasted them by lying again and again. It's the first time I included source citations in a poem. Here are two of the most eye-opening:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/uselection/2016/11/04/donald-trump-the-unauthorized-database-of-false-things.html
http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/pants-fire/

18 Jan 2017 00:56



Not feeling the love for National Novel Writing Month, the annual November 50K-word writing frenzy? Here are some other options

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/humor/17-alternatives-to-nanowrimo.aspx

06 Nov 2016 10:31



Need some new moves? The Trump School of Dance can help. Stop by today!

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/musings/trump-school-of-dance.aspx

11 Oct 2016 22:52



http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/musings/i-do-not-like-the-orange-man.aspx

Please check out my new work, a humorous take on the U.S. presidential race told in the style of "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. Even if you don't agree with the sentiment, I hope you can appreciate the writing.

30 Sep 2016 11:49

A mother and daughter attend college orientation in "On Her Own," my new flash fiction piece.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/on-her-own.aspx

18 Sep 2016 10:03

My contest entry is now posted. For a unique (but relevant) take on the solstice theme, please take a few minutes and give 'Fade to Black' a read. Thank you!

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/fade-to-black.aspx

28 Jan 2016 20:30

My newest offering, an exploration in flash fiction of an all-too-common occurrence...

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/every-little-thing.aspx

13 Jul 2015 00:58

If you've ever used social media, you'll recognize what prompted my micro fiction story "This. Changes. Everything." If you haven't, read on to learn more:
http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/this-changes-everything.aspx

11 May 2015 14:35

My new flash fiction piece, "Straight or Left," moved Mr. Rascal to proclaim me "kinda creepy..." Check out what could have made him say that here: http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/straight-or-left.aspx

14 Apr 2015 07:35

I'd be much obliged if everyone who sees this update would take a minute to check out my latest flash fiction offering, The Virtue of Patience, about a driver who seems to be sorely lacking the same. And thank you to those who've already read it.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/the-virtue-of-patience.aspx

17 Mar 2015 23:38

Having just completed the long overdue but incredibly time-consuming task of rearranging all my stories and updating the links so they flow smoothly from one to the next, I am ready for a nap.

24 Feb 2015 10:57

I have a new piece up, my first foray into the Plays category, and it's been given an RR.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/plays/gracies-collection.aspx

11 Feb 2015 09:13

Oh dear ... my powers of observation are sorely lacking. I haven't looked at my own profile page for ages, and didn't see all the lovely messages people had left for me. I hope you don't think me rude for not replying sooner.

Thank you to everyone who brightened my page.

20 Aug 2014 01:00

Oops, I forgot to promo my new poem here. It's a little something that all creative folks can relate to, I think...

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/a-writers-lament.aspx

31 Jul 2014 20:31

I've posted a new story in the Critique Forum. Please contact Sherzahd to request access.

http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_topics26_ActionCrimeDrama.aspx

04 Mar 2014 07:25

There is no way I can even pretend to play it cool about this news. I've been on Cloud Nine all afternoon...I'm a little light-headed and short of breath up here, but it's totally worth it! LOL

My short story "Writer's Block" is now free on Amazon — and currently sitting pretty at No. 21 among free contemporary short stories! Grab a copy today and see what all the fuss is about.

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Block-M-P-Witwer-ebook/dp/B00FXEAJCM/

(Yeah, I know it's only a 'best seller' among free books — quite the oxymoron there — but I'm ignoring that pesky little fact for the time being.)

Update: It's down to No. 25, but I'm not complaining.

14 Jan 2014 17:38

Well, well, well! It appears I got myself a new badge...and trust me, this is the only time the word 'socialite' has been used to refer to me.

http://www.storiesspace.com/badges/socialite.aspx

07 Nov 2013 16:12

Wow, how time flies...I've been a member here for three years!

13 Oct 2013 23:40

My new micro fiction piece is up...

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/the-woman-with-nine-lives.aspx

13 Sep 2013 23:51

I just completed the first rearranging of my stories in months. It feels good to have things back in a semblance of order.

06 Jun 2013 16:27

I have another micro-fiction piece posted. "The Assignment" is my personal favorite.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/the-assignment.aspx

02 Jun 2013 00:30

We're going to need an ark if this keeps up much longer.

28 May 2013 17:14

Time is winding down in the weekly Indies Unlimited flash fiction contest poll, so race on over there like a stampeding jackalope and vote! (Umm, please...)

(The shovelhead ravens, jackalopes, Bigfoot, zombie-herding gypsymoths, killer unicorns and centaur thank you for keeping Maggie Rascal in mind when you do.)

The poll closes at 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 23. TODAY!

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/05/22/flash-fiction-vote-5/

23 May 2013 13:41

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma... +

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/no-big-deal.aspx

(+ A line first used in 1939 by Winston Churchill to describe Russia, but it fits my newest micro offering as well.)

21 May 2013 10:17

New micro is up. Best read aloud in one breath, in the manner of a preteen girl.

http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/breathless.aspx

19 May 2013 13:56

Velcro. The answer is Velcro. Why didn't I see that sooner?

15 May 2013 07:24

Hmmm, it seems I lost a badge — Autobiographer, I think, even though I haven't removed anything from my profile.

03 May 2013 10:56