Societal World Building for #StaD May Day Twenty-One

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 21’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Write a story focusing on an aspect of society that matters to you/your story. How did society get to the place where this is important?

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia considers the implications of being “a bastard” in her own hometown, and here on the mainland.

Fleshing Out the Premise: (NSFW or young kids)

  • The attitudes in Ophelia’s home village, and her island are relaxed regarding non-traditional families. No one seems to care that she has never had a father in her life; no one judged her for it. But here, in the exclusive gated community where Marilyn was raised, her illegitimacy and her coloring mark her as somehow, indefinably “less than.”

My Favorite Bit of “Dave Morgan’s Tropical Bastard”:

The two women look right at Ophelia – they don’t even have the decency to pretend they’re not gossiping about her. Another reason to hate this pretentious gated community. Back home, no one ever mentioned or even cared that her father had never been in the picture, that he had a wife and daughter on the mainland, or that Ophelia’s mom had succumbed to his charms during a long hot Hawaiian night beneath a full moon.

That type of thing happens. Who would judge anyone else for having normal human desires, and sometimes getting swept away by them?

Back home, no one.

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.

  • Soval’s meditations reveal that he must do what he can to exonerate his kindaughter’s human Intended, as a matter of honor.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Soval listens in to another interview with Lieutenant Tucker, wherein the human becomes angered and lists all the things he could be doing if he wasn’t in Starfleet – but Soval realizes that this man would be ideal for long-range exploration, and perhaps also for his kindaugter, the infant who had dared the flame. More, this was clearly a matter of honor and truth.

Word List:


  • snorkel

  • custard

  • polysaccharide

  • neoprene

  • volleyball

  • aluminum

  • 6ft of garden hose

  • boardshorts

  • scuba

  • impeller

  • glass bottomed boat

  • HUET (helicopter Underwater Egress Training)

Writing Group Members:

  • plethora

  • rhadamanthine

Writing Prompt List:

  • interview

Favorite Bit from A Plethora of Objectives:

Once this damned interviews over, I’m living in boardshorts and neoprene. Perfect my volleyball form; snorkel; scuba dive. Turn my aluminum skiff into a glass-bottom boat; test my new impeller design. Take HUET training. Figure out how to turn custard into crème brulee. Overdose on polysaccharides. Fantasize about my Vulcan Surprise Package.”

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my 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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