Forum posts made by magnificent1rascal

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! 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! 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. hello2

Btw, I'm trying to figure out why it shows you as having -4 forum posts. How is that even possible? 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!


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

Topic The Barber Shop by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke
Posted 18 Sep 2018 13:26

The Barber Shop by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke

The Guardian Poem of the Week, The Barber Shop.

This poem, by a Greek poet who is unknown to me (so far!), took me aback, and I really like it. The analysis of it in the accompanying article is excellent, I highly recommend reading it.

The poem is thought-provoking, beautiful and haunting — and translation is an art form unto itself. The analysis does help with interpretation.

Thanks for sharing this!

Topic Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted 17 Sep 2018 07:58

Decan —> Ascend

Topic Words from words
Posted 16 Sep 2018 23:59


Rain, Rains
Rein, Reins
Fort, Forts
Fair, Fairs
Front, Fronts
Frontier, Frontiers
Tier, Tiers
Tire, Tires
Fine, Fines
Fire, Fires
Fin, Fins
Fan, Fans


Topic Now that’s punny!
Posted 16 Sep 2018 00:17

There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator. Only a fraction of people will find this funny.

Topic Story Submission Guidelines
Posted 16 Sep 2018 00:00

Story Submission: A Step-by-Step Approach

Good idea to post these guidelines here, thank you.

May I suggest reminding authors that there is the possibility of hiding the story snippet? The option is below the box for the text of the story, on the submission page: Hide the few lines of this story that appear on home and category pages stories list

There are times when this is recommended, particularly with very short texts in micro fiction and poetry. The snippet seems to contain around 70 words, and for micro fiction and short poems, that's close to or even the entire text presented in the snippet. This gives everything away, without keeping the formatting the author has used in the text itself.

Thank you for mentioning the story snippet, Gypsy. Hiding it is indeed a good idea for very short pieces. I’ll add that to the submission guidelines.


Topic Story Submission Guidelines
Posted 14 Sep 2018 14:57

Story Submission: A Step-by-Step Approach

Content Restrictions — The first consideration for a submission to Stories Space is whether it belongs on this site. Please take note of the following before submitting:

• Stories Space doesn’t publish erotica. While we will allow a story that contains a few tastefully written sex scenes, if a story is primarily sex-focused, it isn't suitable for this site.
• Even in stories deemed appropriate for this site, any sex scene must involve consenting characters aged sixteen or older.
• Graphic, gratuitous gore is not allowed.
• Scenes where animal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse or torture are described in detail aren't permitted. If a character witnessed or endured such acts in the past, mentioning it is okay but lengthy scenes are something we want to avoid.
• With narrow exception, stories containing racist remarks/hate speech, etc., aren't allowed.

Keep in mind the underlying principle of our submission guidelines : “If your story or poem is more likely to upset or offend rather than entertain, please refrain from submitting it to this site.”

Category — There may be a certain amount of overlap in category selection. If a submission fits into more than one genre, use your best judgment and add any “subcategories” as tags.

• Some categories have a maximum word count. Micro Fiction should contain no more than 100 words, and Flash Fiction no more than 1,000 words.
• The Musings category is intended for submissions that ponder the bigger questions in life, rather than a category for rants or a place to take private disputes public.
• The moderator verifying your submission may move it to a different category that he/she feels is more appropriate.

Rating — Please try to select the proper rating under the following guidelines:

G - Written with a general audience in mind and suitable for readers of all ages. This story does not contain any references to sex, drugs, alcohol, violence or swearing, and the content is understandable by children.
13+ - Suitable for readers aged thirteen and over. This story may contain low level violence, swearing and mild references to drugs, alcohol or sex.
18+ - Not appropriate for readers under the age of eighteen. May contain moderate to high levels of swearing and horror, sex, violence, alcohol and drugs. Any stories dropping the "f" bomb will need to be given an 18+ rating.
EC - Contains extreme content. For readers over the age of eighteen not offended by graphic scenes. This story may contain extreme levels of violence, drugs and alcohol use, sex and harsh language.

Title — The title should pertain to the submission, should not be in ALL CAPS, and should not contain a period/full stop or other punctuation at the end.

Tags — Tags are required and are used to aid in searching for stories about a particular topic. They should be descriptive and pertinent to the story. Please do not include a comma following the last item in the tag list.

One-liner — The one-liner is not required. If used, it should relate to the submission being verified. A plea to vote and/or comment is not an acceptable one-liner.

Cover Image — The image accompanying a submission, if included, should be appropriate for the story or poem. Explicit images aren't allowed, and the author should own the image or have obtained permission to post it.

Topic Words from words
Posted 12 Sep 2018 16:03

Ahm ..excuse me ..what is wrong with the above post ..dontknow just asking 😂😂😂 ..too cute


Oops! I was falling asleep and forgot to post the next word. Thanks for picking up the slack!

Comparing my Fitbit sleep statistics to the 1:20 a.m. timestamp on my message leads me to the unmistakable conclusion that I was posting WHILE asleep. It's a wonder I didn't find the word 'covfefe' in JEOPARDIZE.


Topic How to quote more than one forum post at a time
Posted 12 Sep 2018 12:50

1. Go to the first post you want to quote and press Quote.
2. Select all text in the Compose window and Cut or Copy it, then Cancel.
3. Go to the next post you want to quote and press Quote.
4. Paste the quoted text from the first post into the Compose window, taking care not to overwrite the second quote.

Repeat the process with as many posts as you want to quote.

Topic Words from words
Posted 12 Sep 2018 07:36

Ahm ..excuse me ..what is wrong with the above post ..dontknow just asking 😂😂😂 ..too cute


Oops! I was falling asleep and forgot to post the next word. Thanks for picking up the slack!

Topic Words from words
Posted 12 Sep 2018 01:20


Pare, Pared
Pair, Paired
Raze, Razed
Pore, Pored
Zero, Zeroed
Prize, Prized

Topic Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted 12 Sep 2018 01:06

Dance —> Ascend

Topic What is your favorite season, and why?
Posted 08 Sep 2018 19:38

My favorite season is fall — especially early fall, with its crisp mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings. Oh, and Oktoberfest!

Topic The time is now to celebrate the birthday of our own Elizabeth Black.
Posted 07 Sep 2018 21:15

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!


Topic Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted 07 Sep 2018 13:11


Bacon —> Beacon

Topic This or That
Posted 07 Sep 2018 11:35

Shod, I guess. Barefoot doesn’t suit me, but most of the time (and I mean a VAST majority), I wear socks but not shoes around the house.

Eggnog – spiked or not spiked?

Topic About this forum
Posted 07 Sep 2018 11:29

Questions and polls designed to learn about the likes and dislikes of Stories Space members. Let’s keep it light and fun here, please, and don’t ask anything that would require divulging personal information.

Facilitator for the Getting to Know You forum:

Circle_Something ( )

Topic What is your favorite season, and why?
Posted 07 Sep 2018 11:12

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall —
Which do you think is best of all?

Topic Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted 07 Sep 2018 07:08

Carbon --> bacon
Where’s the dancing bacon gif? happy8

Topic Anagrams - Give or Take
Posted 07 Sep 2018 05:41

Narco —> Carbon

Topic Words from words
Posted 06 Sep 2018 13:16


Con, Cons
Corn, Corns
Coin, Coins
Tonic, Tonics
Croon, Croons
Onion, Onions
Iron, Irons
Trio, Trios
Nit, Nits
Riot, Riots

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