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Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Hale Sep 2, 2013. 14 Replies

I'm ashamed to admit that in my haste to add replies to this site whilst on a short work break, my spelling & grammar have gone to the wall - I wrote 'sight' instead of 'site' and spelt…Continue

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Phantoms on the Midnight Highway - Flash500 Horror

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 11:30 6 Comments

A crisp night, moonlit silver. A light breeze shifts restless leaves across the blacktop.

A curve in the road - not the best place to catch a lift but there she stands.

An unlikely time for cars to be passing; an unlikely place for them to stop.…

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More Than Words

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 19:30 9 Comments

'She had the most beautiful eyes,' he begins as he and a friend sip their pints. 'She also had the biggest pair of ..'

'...arms,' she tells her friends as they dine al fresco.' Really big, strong arms. I imagined them circling me. Holding me tightly. Keeping me...'…

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A Last Hunter's Moon

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 19:20 6 Comments

Shards of moonlight pierce the boarded windows and stab at the corners of the room.

As he tries to control his panting breath there's a sound from outside. Have they found him already?

The rational part of him hopes so. Why go on when his family is dead? Brutally murdered not hours ago?

Thoughts of…

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Cloak & Dagger

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 19:00 5 Comments

I've had this cloak of invisibility for a long time now. There's something about the energy field generated that disrupts your memory though – because I can't remember how long or even how I got it.

I can tell you this – it works best in the open. Indoors, under fluorescent lights, people sense your presence. They actively move out of your way.…

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At 17:07 on October 12, 2013, Ann K. Boyer said…

You had inspired me to write a second story! I hope you enjoy it! :)

At 0:34 on December 3, 2013, Ann K. Boyer said…
Yay!! Congrats David for being chosen for Fresh Meat Friday!! I knew it would be chosen!! Much deserved!!

http://buftonsblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/fresh-meat-friday-a-place-for-lost-things-by-david-shakes/#more-1306

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

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Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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