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by timberline
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: HELLO IN THERE!
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: HELLO IN THERE!

Well, Mlou, it's interesting to find the lights are still on at Wordtrip. I just happened to think about it and stopped in to see if anyone's at home. I'm still writing, of course, and publishing short pieces regularly. In fact, at my advanced age I'm proud that I'm still batting .500 with as many a...
by timberline
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: HELLO IN THERE!
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: HELLO IN THERE!

Well, well, well, the Wordtrip site is still alive. I haven't been back here for over six months and am amazed to see the site is still alive. Well, Jillstar is still hanging out but everyone else has gone to ground.
by timberline
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FFF - The day my computer took over the world
Replies: 1
Views: 1483

Re: FFF - The day my computer took over the world

This prompt may be a cliché by now--techno-fear and all that--but 10 years ago I knocked out a bunch of Young Adult pieces on a high schooler who confronted a witch, a succubus, a poltergeist, a... The list goes on. This is the first little bit of "Turing Tested," about artificial intellig...
by timberline
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Writing Markets - Info on new markets, contests, links to publishers
Topic: Begging for submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Re: Begging for submissions

Another very accepting market in The Story Shack. Flash stories aren't vetted as well as they should be, but it accepts many genres including humor. (I've posted three under my own name and four with a pen name.) Martin Hooijmans is founder/editor/publisher who marries the story to an original piece...
by timberline
Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Writing Markets - Info on new markets, contests, links to publishers
Topic: Begging for submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Re: Begging for submissions

They're closed for the summer, Dee, but they'll be back for submissions in September.
by timberline
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

Re: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king

I was happy to see “The Once and Future King of the Projects,” was published by Pulp Metal. Some say blood’s thicker than water, but not in Brooklyn’s projects. You can read it at https://pulpmetalmagazine.com/2016/07/2 ... giersbach/.
by timberline
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Writing and Poetry Blogs
Topic: Jill's Writing Moments
Replies: 10
Views: 11208

Re: Jill's Writing Moments

Don't worry about the "why bother" moments, Jill. Sometimes the story just pops out. Was reading the NY Times book reviews and saw "Lucky Strikes" by Louis Bayard, a kid's book. Thought, what a wonderful premise: kid's parents are gone so the girl takes in a vagabond as surrogate...
by timberline
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Writing Group Requests
Topic: Writing Groups
Replies: 1
Views: 1577

Re: Writing Groups

It would be nice--but not necessary--to bring out all the old writing groups if they haven't been deleted. I back up all my documents that have been posted, but I may have overlooked some tentative story drafts.
by timberline
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Help and Site Info
Topic: Suggestion Box - put your suggestions here!
Replies: 6
Views: 3974

Re: Suggestion Box - put your suggestions here!

Jill, not really able to describe what David Allen saw. My FFF story had a thriller writer besieged by a stalking woman who thought he was the sexiest thing. He tells his wife he does not know this woman. The reveal: on the night of Manhattanhenge (when the sun sets exactly down the corridor of east...
by timberline
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Help and Site Info
Topic: Suggestion Box - put your suggestions here!
Replies: 6
Views: 3974

Re: Suggestion Box - put your suggestions here!

Hey, Jill, I posted a WIP to Fast Fiction Friday and David Allen suggested he'd seen a similar one I'd done years ago on Wordtrip. Any way of retrieving files and posts from WT Group #6 (I think)? I don't have any record of my writing anything he's recollecting.
by timberline
Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Picture Prompts
Topic: Quickie - 12 Word Story - 5.31.16
Replies: 9
Views: 3586

Re: Quickie - 12 Word Story - 5.31.16

It was the last flight out, the one with his wife aboard.

There, I think that's 12 words.
by timberline
Tue May 31, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: WordTrip Monthly Writing Challenge
Topic: May 2016 - 3 Flash to 1 Short Challenge - Week 2
Replies: 7
Views: 2065

Re: May 2016 - 3 Flash to 1 Short Challenge - Week 2

Paul, that is so cool. I love breaking the pieces up by intermission and then bringing the reader around again with a wrapping up of threads. Jill, sorry I've been away from the keyboard. Guests, quotidian chores and committee work are all conspiring to keep me frustrated and unable to write. But I'...
by timberline
Sun May 01, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

Re: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king

I believe America was "kidnapped" by the Hay Code of censorship that no immoral or illegal act go unpunished in the movies. That's what changed, as a result of a Supreme Court decision, and cable taking over from broadcast TV, and moviegoers fleeing the theaters. Yes, and there's a certain...
by timberline
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Writing Markets - Info on new markets, contests, links to publishers
Topic: Begging for submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Re: Begging for submissions

Guess CommuterLit needs more exposure and submissions because they recently took these two from me: > “The Crows Stole My Heart” was published by CommuterLit April 14, at http://commuterlit.com/2016/04/thursday-the-crows-stole-my-heart/ > “Losing It at the Border” was published by CommuterLit Mar. 2...
by timberline
Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: NEW FF - There was a crow on the fence today, carrying eye glasses in his beak
Replies: 9
Views: 2239

Re: NEW FF - There was a crow on the fence today, carrying eye glasses in his beak

I forgot to mention, “The Crows Stole My Heart” was published by CommuterLit April 14, at http://commuterlit.com/2016/04/thursday ... -my-heart/. And I'm still thinking about stories that don't have a conclusive ending.
by timberline
Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

Re: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king

Jill, I thought about this and did a little rewrite. The MC is basically a good guy (even though he totes a gun like every homey in the hood). The half-brother LeRoi is a drug lord, beats on his own mother and has antagonized everyone else. Jamal, though a lesser creature, is no better. Shooting LeR...
by timberline
Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Using Algorithms to Check Your Writing
Replies: 1
Views: 867

Using Algorithms to Check Your Writing

Here's a piece I compiled, wrote and shared with my writing gr4oup last week. Can be fun and worthwhile Using Algorithms to Check Your Writing The Internet is evolving into a magical place, and tools are coming on line to help both new and seasoned writers. Here are four I’ve come across recently: T...
by timberline
Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

Re: FFF - Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king

Well, here’s a royal story in 25 minutes and 473 words. Aiming at one of the pulp mags, like Shotgun Honey . Comments welcome. Once and Future King of the Projects LeRoi always got pissed if you called him LEE-roy like some of the other homeys do. “It’s Le-ROI,” he’d shout like you were deaf. “You t...
by timberline
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: WordTrip Monthly Writing Challenge
Topic: May 2016, Possible Prompt Conversation
Replies: 4
Views: 1520

Re: May 2016 - 3 Flash to 1 Short Challenge

Do we know what the prompt is?
by timberline
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Writing Markets - Info on new markets, contests, links to publishers
Topic: Begging for submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Re: Begging for submissions

Latest to go up is a poignant piece, “Waiting for the Snow” published by CommuterLit Feb. 16, at http://commuterlit.com/2016/02/tuesday- ... w-to-fall/.
by timberline
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Algorithms to the Rescue
Replies: 1
Views: 958

Algorithms to the Rescue

I just finished compiling these tips for the writing group I moderate. They may also be of interest to you: Using Algorithms to Check Your Writing The Internet is evolving into a magical place, and tools are coming on line to help both new and seasoned writers. Here are four I’ve come across recentl...
by timberline
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Writing Markets - Info on new markets, contests, links to publishers
Topic: Begging for submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 3199

Begging for submissions

Don't know where I discovered CommuterLit, an online story-a-day magazine run out of Toronto, but I've published five stories there since last summer. They have a high 63% acceptance rate, and a feed to your in-box. This makes it "low hanging fruit" to pick. But newbies might take a look a...
by timberline
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What's the Writer's Life All About?
Replies: 14
Views: 15793

Re: What's the Writer's Life All About?

Don't know where I discovered CommuterLit, an online story-a-day magazine run out of Toronto, but I've published five stories there since last summer. They have a high 63% acceptance rate, and a feed to your in-box. This makes it "low hanging fruit" to pick. But newbies might take a look a...
by timberline
Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The broken statue
Replies: 22
Views: 22291

Re: FF - The broken statue

I guess I did finish an essay on prompts, lateral thinking, whatever, because I polished the piece (eliminating missing links) and handed it out to my fledgling writers whose might be better spent scrapbooking or washing the car. Wonder where I could place it, now that Flash Fiction Chronicles is go...
by timberline
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: NEW FF - There was a crow on the fence today, carrying eye glasses in his beak
Replies: 9
Views: 2239

Re: NEW FF - There was a crow on the fence today, carrying eye glasses in his beak

There is an ending, and I added it over at Facebook. Goes like this.... Sitting in my car, reluctant to leave the area, I knew I’d never see Adelphia alive again. Had she been senselessly abducted, killed by an enemy, or did she simply wander off to the bottom of the river? Maybe she was swept up in...

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