Turning Point for #StaD May Day Sixteen

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 16’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

Write a story that investigates a turning point in your protagonist’s past.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn takes heroin for the first time on her thirteenth birthday.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn waits all alone, with the debris of a perfectly orchestrated but disastrous thirteenth birthday party as her only company. That’s when her mother and two lovers stagger in, falling down drunk and still managing to be only half dressed and all over each other before they’re even all the way in. She doesn’t even think Mom sees her – and that’s when she calls Brad and tells him she’s ready to fuck him as hard as he wants, do anything he wants, if he’ll just help her try heroin – something she’d never been willing to try before.

My Favorite Bit of She’s 13 Now

13 year olds don’t cry, right?

She bites her lip, hard enough that her lip splits and bleeds. But she doesn’t cry about it; she just swallows the blood and keeps biting. She could eat the cake, but she doesn’t want to. All the servants have left, and she could have a cigarette, or a whole pack, if she wanted them. But what good is that, when there’s no one here to sneak around behind. Defiance needs an audience to be any fun at all.

That’s when the front door crashed open, and there were voices and crashing and laughter – drunken laughter.

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • Trip thinks back to the decision that got him in so much hot water.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip is dealing with the potential death of his Starfleet career; and wonders whether he regrets going into Fusion, where he didn’t exactly meet a Vulcan Surprise Package who shook up his entire life, and whose name he doesn’t even know. Is she worth all the trouble that decision has brought him?

Word List:


  • Dig Tree (Aussie historical landmark for early explorers).

  • Pole Dancing

  • skipper

  • Aqua aerobics

  • Lycra

  • Cyclist

From my local NaNoWriMo prompt list:

  • statuesque

  • walk

  • future

  • trap

  • authority

  • ill-fated

  • name

  • regret

Favorite Bit from Nothing to Regret

But he’d gone to Fusion, never suspecting a lovely Vulcan trap whose name he didn’t even know. If he could have seen the future; how that ill-fated Date Night would get him in trouble with authority, would he have decided to do something else, far away from the Vulcan Consulate?

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!

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