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“Stories My Friends Started” is an artist’s collaborative group. The first sentence of each story is provided by one of our friends, family, or even a perfect stranger at a book fair. Then we write a story with it. Most are asked to be around 1500-2500 words, although I’ve been known to go a bit long-winded. Big surprise.

First Sentence

Reposted from Stories My Friends Started, where I receive a first sentence to a story from a friend, and then turn it into a full story. My dearest Auntie Carol may not have understood quite what I was asking for, but I took her sentence and turned it into a story anyhow. For Carol Worthey Make […]

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Bridezilla

Republished from Stories My Friends Started, where I take a sentence provided by someone else and turn it into a story. For Shelley-Anne Wooderson Martin Now that the body was tucked in the office chair, all she had to do was get the blood off her wedding dress before the ceremony. “How are my eyes?” she […]

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The Thing About Nymphs

Reposted from Stories My Friends Started, where someone else provides a first line, and the authors finish that story. For Jonathan K. Miller II “He/she said WHAT?” “It was a ‘she.’” Bob rubbed his nose nervously, scuffing his dirty boot against the curb and looking at the cruiser vaguely, and sighed as though unwilling to […]

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Eat or Be Eaten

Dedicated to Patrice Gutentag “They were already dead; they just didn’t know it yet.” He shoved a few people out of his way, harder than he really needed, but the adrenaline of running all day was keeping him from moving the way he was used to. He picked up the pace, running faster and faster, […]

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The Isolation Simulation

For Blake That damn raccoon just stole my sandwich… again! An empty zip-pack stares up at me innocently from beside my instruments on the top of the rock I’ve been using as my table, not even a crumb left inside. A tiny smidge of mustard on the top flap is all that proves I even […]

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The Misfortune of Two Jays

James’ life was forever changed when he bought that haunted hot dog cart. He’d always wanted to start a nice vegan wrap truck going, but the trucks were all way out of his budget, and all he’d been able to afford was this second-hand cart. He’d fixed it up, repaired the tires, and gotten his […]

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Dude That Smells Funky

For Cal. Thank you for the great starter! “Dude, that smells funky.” Jake turned his head away from the scratch and sniff I was holding up toward him. His hands came up in a mock defensive posture. “What the fuck is that?” “I know, right? And I didn’t even scratch at it.” I returned the […]

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Social Politics and Other Headaches

For Susan D. I just ran into the ex-husband of one of my FB friends. I looked at Jen, “Do you mean Facebook? Or is there a new thing called FB?” “Don’t make fun of me.” Our coffees were growing cold between us, but we were gabbing still. This was our standard Saturday ritual. “I’m […]

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Odd Beginnings

For Atlanta Napier  Funny enough, it didn’t start how you would think. “What?” She trembles on the spot in front of me. “What are you saying? You’re not attacking me?” I notice that my gun hand was slacking a little. I’ve been holding the heavy thing up for a full fifteen minutes now. “Of course […]

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The Bench

For Briana Y., thanks for the inspiration! I had been sitting on the bench for so long my butt was numb… That’s the first problem. The second problem was that I was here at all. Purgatory was totally not what I’d expected. I had been told by my hippie parents that the universe was a […]

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