Letters for #StaD May Day Twenty-Six

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 26’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

  • Write a story in the form of a series of letters.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn writes letters in her head.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Sometimes, when she’s on the nod, Marilyn writes amazing letters – but that’s no time to try to hold a pen or write anything. So she composes them in her head, and releases them with her dreams.

My Favorite Bit of Lousy Mother

Dear Mom,

It’s almost a joke to call you that. You’ve never been a mother to me, at least, not as far back as I can remember. Want to know something funny? I mean, snort-milk-out-your-nose-while-eating-freshly-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies funny?

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 considers a letter left unfinished, and the consequences of various potential endings.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • T’Pol considers the letter from Soval – is there some message contained within it? – and her own unfinished letter to him. There are potential consequences to all potential endings, for herself, and possibly for her human distraction – but by what logic can she explain this certainty?

Word List:


  • slumberous

kitndavj :

  • Manifold

  • Conical

  • Vacuum

  • Antidote

  • Kaleidescope

  • Strange

  • Serenity

  • Intercede

  • illicit

  • Succession

  • degradation

  • forbidden

  • recommend

Favorite Bit from The Letter, Unfinished: 

Slumberous serenity eluded her. The letter, unfinished, still waited. Logically, she must intercede. Her illicit acts had caused a degradation of his circumstances. Actions don’t occur in vacuum; a succession of consequences evolved from her forbidden presence in his life; a conical progression of manifold possibilities. From his mind, a strange image: a kaleidoscope of potential.

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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