The List for #StaD May Day Twenty-Three

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 23’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Write a story in the form of a list.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia is writing a pros and cons list regarding Marilyn.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • A month into her time with Marilyn, Ophelia is exhausted, frustrated, angry, lonely, and, maybe most of all, scared. She calls her mom, who asks her if she wants to come home – if she wants company and/or help. Ophelia already knows the second one’s not an option, but the first – she does want to come home, and she wants to stay here with Marilyn… So she does the only thing that might help her clarify things….makes a pros and cons list for staying here.

My Favorite Bit of The Pros and Cons of Staying Here:





  • (I guess I’ll come back to this…can’t think of a single one right now…)


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.

  • T’Pol keeps a list that violates protocol in numerous ways.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • T’Pol has been experiencing stray thoughts and random communications that can’t logically be her own. She strongly suspects they belong to the human named Trip, and they constitute several mysteries – many of the words and phrases are attached to nothing; others a single image; others memories of an intricate nature. Moreover, the seemingly random nature of these thoughts indicates a significant difference in mental processing. She keeps a record of these thoughts and images, knowing that it is a breach of protocol, and that she might be seriously compromised by what appears to be a level of telepathic contact she hadn’t known existed among her people, and which might easily indicate a mental imbalance on her part.

Word List:

  • Prompt Word Donor: kitndavj (the words are the list, for the most part!)

Favorite Bit (the title T’Pol gave to her list):

Research List: Words and Imagery from the Mind of a Human Male Called Trip; Pending Inquiry into the Nature of the Unexplained Telepathic Contact Which Precipitated My Sensing of These Disordered and Seemingly Random Thoughts (With Notation of Extraneous Information, When Available).

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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