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by timberline
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - They met in a New York City taxi
Replies: 6
Views: 9008

Very nice story, Funky. Especially glad this topic is still alive and there are real people out there in Wordtrip land.
by timberline
Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Outside Looking In
Replies: 3
Views: 5818

Sorry I've been remiss in not writing to these great prompts, or even finishing the 1960 Chevy pickup truck story which got longer and longer. Time is short and the shopping list is long and the commitments insurrmountable. Merry Christmas!
by timberline
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Writing and Poetry Blogs
Topic: xcheck's hat tricks -- award winning journalist!
Replies: 3613
Views: 1076350

I do read it, I do. And I'm also reading Pete Hamill's "Tabloid City" with tears in my eyes for a world fast disappearing. Per your more recent comments, Gannett's laid off 20,000 employees in the past five years, the CEO has retired with a $37 million package, and my friend there may shortly be doc...
by timberline
Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Turkey dressing
Replies: 2
Views: 4924

Tough doing a prompt with the holiday coming up. Again, "dressing" as a verb maybe.
by timberline
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - She drove a 1960 Chevy truck
Replies: 5
Views: 6405

Ooops, my dyslexia! They're called "views," and there were just 169--not 2,000-plus. But that tells me there are 169 living souls in this Land of the Zombies.
by timberline
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - She drove a 1960 Chevy truck
Replies: 5
Views: 6405

Don't misplace your affection for RJ...or the truck.

BTW, how did this thread get 2,961 hits? Who's counting?
by timberline
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Compressed Air
Replies: 2
Views: 4774

You need a verb here. Or is that adjective a verb? Tends to make me think.
by timberline
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - She drove a 1960 Chevy truck
Replies: 5
Views: 6405

Okay, I'm working on this. Some of it's R-rated, so here's just a PG snppet before the whole thing gets reworked into the 3rd person with literary decoration. The Devil's Pckup Truck RJ was maybe two or three years older than me. Hard to tell since he quit school as soon as he could legally get out...
by timberline
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - I ran away to the circus but they fired me
Replies: 14
Views: 14800

"Leaving the Carnival" took a polish and emerged as "Carnival's Last Show." It seemed to be one of those despicable saccharine prose poems till the clean-up yielded a piece now up at The Jersey Devil Press . Hey, it didn't hurt to have Bruce Springsteen as my hovering angel. See it and comment if yo...
by timberline
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - They met in a New York City taxi
Replies: 6
Views: 9008

Thanks, Jill. This truly is a trunk story--2005 vintage--but my question will stands: Will editors gnash their teeth and scream "I was taken in! No more stories written around punchlines!" Do all editors suffer from hemhorroids or something?
by timberline
Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - They met in a New York City taxi
Replies: 6
Views: 9008

Re "New York Taxi," this was done some time ago, but I'm afraid to send it out to snarly editors. You tell me if it's just a setup for the reveal or not. Jill can verify it took 30 minutes to write. Nun on the Run Sidney Berger was exhausted and still had two hours to drive the fleet cab before his...
by timberline
Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - They met in a New York City taxi
Replies: 6
Views: 9008

Hey, Jill. Just caught this on the fly. WT has a good format for handling shorts and comments. Better than FB. (P.s., we can always woo people awaqy from FB. They're so fickle.)

I'm up in the Boston area for a few days, but let me give this prompt some thought. Cheers!
by timberline
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - I ran away to the circus but they fired me
Replies: 14
Views: 14800

Got a note last night that "Leaving the Carnival"--rewritten as "Carnival's Last Night"--was accepted by Jersey Devil Press for a little blog they run featuring fiction that accompanies Bruce Springsteen lyrics. Should be up in November. Thank you, Jill. (You're entirely welcome, Timber.)
by timberline
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Million Dollar Yard Sale Find
Replies: 12
Views: 12160

The name is Walter Giersbach. Or you could have clicked on the link to my blog or collection of short stories. See ya there!
by timberline
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Million Dollar Yard Sale Find
Replies: 12
Views: 12160

The name is Walter Giersbach. Or you could have clicked on the link to my collection of short stories. See ya there!
by timberline
Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Million Dollar Yard Sale Find
Replies: 12
Views: 12160

I try for the unusual. All else is boooring.

Why don't you join us on Facebook at Fast Fiction Friday? I just put a new -- unusual? -- story in response to Jill's (now Penix.Jera) prompt.
by timberline
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Trying to get back into writing...
Replies: 16
Views: 13888

It's a trope -- but possibly true -- that troubles fuel the creative urge. Much of my best writing took place when I was renting 130 miles from my not-yet-sold house and didn't know where the next month would take me. Pain and angst are learning experiences.
by timberline
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Girl At The End Of The Bar
Replies: 18
Views: 18761

Whew, this finally sold, to Gumshoe Review, and should be up on/about Sept. 1 It's not that I didn't try submitting. Just that it was soundly rejected by half a dozen editors. Maybe the anatomical touches were a bit over the top for these sensitive times. Post script 9/1/11: Story's up, at http://ww...
by timberline
Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Trying to get back into writing...
Replies: 16
Views: 13888

WT and FB are not diametrically opposed. In fact, for awhile it was Every Day Fiction's forum that replaced WT with prompts and crits. Why can't we all co-exist? I'm glad I "liked" Jamie on FB and get his updates. Would I post a WIP to the Large Writing Group? Sure, if I knew anyone was out there to...
by timberline
Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Million Dollar Yard Sale Find
Replies: 12
Views: 12160

Thanks, Jill. The toogles and telephone-dialer pens have disappeared. Now, I just go for the cheap CDs. Oh, and I found a nice ashtray yesterday for two bucks. Still have my wife, so I'm not looking in that direction.
by timberline
Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Million Dollar Yard Sale Find
Replies: 12
Views: 12160

I don't think I ever got back to you guys (and Jill) to mention that "Million Dollar Find" finally got published at r.kv.r.y magazine. (http://www.rkvry.com/fiction/244-walter-giersbach) I saw the market mentioned in Duotrope and its capable editor Mary Akers connected with it. Goes to show that eve...
by timberline
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The glued coffee cup handle.
Replies: 36
Views: 33833

Much appreciated, 'Mom. Stories are still going public. I just have to work harder.
by timberline
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Broken window blinds
Replies: 10
Views: 12618

Hey, Mom, good story. Glad you (re)discovered this thread after all these years.
by timberline
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Stories+Inactivity
Replies: 15
Views: 13344

CP, let me humbly submit that site administration requires a lot of time and effort. It's not a one-person job. If memory serves, there were half a dozen moderators on WT a few years ago. Prompts were offered, contests were held, reader discussions were initiated, dialogue was engendered. The only t...
by timberline
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Stories+Inactivity
Replies: 15
Views: 13344

It's unfair to say that a site's entropy is due solely to the inactivity of its members. In large part, the administrators and moderators have also drifted away, leaving a vacuum at the top. I haven't stopped publishing or keeping in form with prompts, and I do actively solicit feedback. What I want...

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