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by timberline
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Stories+Inactivity
Replies: 15
Views: 13512

Makes me want to call my doctor if there's inaction lasting more than seven hours.
by timberline
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Stories+Inactivity
Replies: 15
Views: 13512

Any thoughts on this--or the site--Charles?
by timberline
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Stories+Inactivity
Replies: 15
Views: 13512

Just dropped in at WT to visit after being away--ignoring it--for a couple of months. The Fast Fiction Friday prompts disappeared when Jillstar defected. I've moved over to Every Day Fiction's forums and weekly prompts. Karma met me offline, and PT's studying in India, so WG#6 faltered. (In fact, on...
by timberline
Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Jailed Conjoined Twins - One Innocent
Replies: 4
Views: 7132

Wow! It's been five years, and this story has made so many rounds that I got vertigo. But it's finally up at Gumshoe Review . Stop on by, at http://www.gumshoereview.com/php/Review-id.php?id=2594, and leave a comment. This is Gumshoe's first venture into fiction and I'm honored by editor Gayle Surre...
by timberline
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - One regret? No, I have at least two!
Replies: 7
Views: 7303

Thanks, MS. You can read the latest--"Play Date"--at Pif magazine. (http://www.pifmagazine.com/2010/10/play-date/). Drop by and leave a comment.

"Wired Regrets" is out making the rounds. Of editors, not bars.
by timberline
Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - One regret? No, I have at least two!
Replies: 7
Views: 7303

Tkx, Lilac. Esp. glad you found the "gotcha." Story's already in rewrite since there's no bar on Seventh Ave. and Atlantic and Mass Ave. doesn't run through Davis Square. My bad.
by timberline
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - One regret? No, I have at least two!
Replies: 7
Views: 7303

Ah, I got carried away. Story draft took longer than half an hour, interrupted by the cable man and time out for a cigarette. But the story works for me. 1,399 words. Wired Regrets Jake could see that Mila Surovic was a hot number. Totally wired as she danced with his brother at their wedding. Jake...
by timberline
Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - One regret? No, I have at least two!
Replies: 7
Views: 7303

Oh, this one has got to be filled with humor (noir), martinis (dry) and wrong-thinking babes (hot). Take an about-to-die detective who's asked that question. And the PI says, "I have a couple--or at least one more than you will."
by timberline
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Broken window blinds
Replies: 10
Views: 12754

"Ack"? Sounds like one of those aliens in Mars Attacks.
by timberline
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The night I lodged a potato chip in my eye
Replies: 8
Views: 10371

This is the sort of thing that'll probably go to Big Pulp. Genre stuff, you know. Noir and all that.
by timberline
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The night I lodged a potato chip in my eye
Replies: 8
Views: 10371

Already in rewrite, but toned down in language and deeper in characterization. The flying chickens remain, Jill.
by timberline
Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The night I lodged a potato chip in my eye
Replies: 8
Views: 10371

Chips? There's more than one kind of chips. Sorry to run have run over the time limit, but the story kind of grabbed me and ran. Recalled my wife mentioning a guy in bluejeans who threw down $7,000 in cash at the craps table last week. Thousand words, 45 minutes. Flying Chips Things were humming al...
by timberline
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Broken window blinds
Replies: 10
Views: 12754

Glad to see you're posting--even digging up some old prompts. Keep up the good stuff.
by timberline
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - My small life in a big city...
Replies: 4
Views: 4843

Just a marginal note, Jay Walder, CEO of the MTA, and his beauteous English wife Walder-Cummings recently bought a 3-bedroom US$1.6 million apartment on the upper east side. It's served by five subway trains and lines, but I don't believe Jay takes the tubes. He earns $350,000/year, vacations in the...
by timberline
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - My small life in a big city...
Replies: 4
Views: 4843

Okay already. I'm missing my dinner to write this. 700-plus words, 25 minutes, stone sober. Small Life in a Big City Julian didn’t think his life was small. He had a very exacting job, working for the Metropolitan Transit Authority scheduling maintenance. And then there were the rivalries between t...
by timberline
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - My small life in a big city...
Replies: 4
Views: 4843

Don't be impatient! The prompt has been up for only six days!
by timberline
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The glued coffee cup handle.
Replies: 36
Views: 34114

"Angel in My Coffee Cup" remained dormant, read it at a writers' group recently, and then submitted. Story's up now at Bewildering Stories, at http://bewilderingstories.com/issue394/angel.html
by timberline
Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Day of Moving Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 5891

I've always seen New York as more than the colossus on the Hudson River. It occupies its own universe, overwhelmed by hubris and unimpressed by authority. At least, that what I set out to write in half an hour. “Day of Moving Hell” was accepted by Everyday Fiction and can be read at http://www.every...
by timberline
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Girl At The End Of The Bar
Replies: 18
Views: 18873

Queen at the End of the Bar

This was finally finished a few weeks ago. Now I'm polishing and sumitting it. Sorry I didn't do this as a half-hour exercise, but I never forgot the prompt. Thanks, Jill. You're the best. Queen at the End of the Bar After my long hot drive I needed a cold beer like a baby searching for his pacifie...
by timberline
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Girl At The End Of The Bar
Replies: 18
Views: 18873

Queen at the End of the Bar

This was finally finished a few weeks ago. Now I'm polishing and sumitting it. Sorry I didn't do this as a half-hour exercise, but I never forgot the prompt. Thanks, Jill. You're the best. Queen at the End of the Bar After my long hot drive I needed a cold beer like a baby searching for his pacifie...
by timberline
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The day Mars exploded.
Replies: 2
Views: 3550

Eh, women are from Venus and men are from Mars...except when a woman is jilted?
by timberline
Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The glued coffee cup handle.
Replies: 36
Views: 34114

Yep, my people came from Chester, Vt., grandparents were at Northfield and Mt. Hermon school. All are buried in Northfield where we can keep an eye on them once or twice a year.
by timberline
Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The glued coffee cup handle.
Replies: 36
Views: 34114

Good for you to be getting off FB--but it's fun. Hey, listen, doesn't Wordtrip have a feed to let you knw when there's a response to a thread you're on? I just happened by to check somethng and saw your note. Was up in your neck of the woods a week ago. Northfield, Mass., and then on to Lexington.
by timberline
Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The glued coffee cup handle.
Replies: 36
Views: 34114

It's taken all these months, but "Angel in My Coffeee Cup" will be up on Bewildering Stories on Aug. 2. I had blown it off as sappy until I scrambled to read something, anything, at a writing group. Surprise--the group like it, and I liked it. So did the editors.
by timberline
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The quiet god and his very loud wife
Replies: 2
Views: 3791

Good one, Jill. Makes me think of a friend who's been "gaslighted" by her abusive husband.

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