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  1. T.E. Bradford

    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Ellender by Watson Davis

    Photography is another creative outlet I've always enjoyed. Glad you liked the pic! :)
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Ellender by Watson Davis

    Wow - I really enjoyed this story. I didn't expect the twists, which is always a refreshing thing to say. I enjoyed what you did with the prompt of my photograph. Your writing voice is captivating, and I really enjoyed some of your descriptions -- such as the trees compared to steepled fingers...
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    Intros & Newbies Virtual Newbie

    Howdy - I'm a spec fic author, too. I'll have to check out your work. Like you, I really struggled through Covid to get anything productive going. So I can commiserate. Also like you, I'm a singer-songwriter and have written a lot of my own songs and even a couple of musicals. I'd started to get...
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    Announcement And the winner is....

    Wow - thank you! I'm so pleasantly surprised - there were so many good entries!!! I took the day off yesterday (Friday) and completely missed voting, but hopefully everyone knows how wonderful I thought the stories were. I was so impressed!!!
  5. T.E. Bradford

    Celestial Beach

    Yes, I meant to leave it a bit ambiguous as to whether she really had died and gone to heaven to be with him, or if the road had actually somehow taken her somewhere "else." :) Past? Parallel universe? 2024? I've been watching too much Twilight Zone lately. ;-) But I'm glad you liked the...
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    Celestial Beach

    Celestial Beach The sound of the trunk closing, enveloping my single suitcase, rang with an odd finality. I stared at my warped reflection in the rear window. “I shouldn’t go.” Sandra, my best friend since high school, put an arm around my shoulders. “You need this, Dee.” Her smile managed to...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner The Old Oak

    I agree that you want to hook readers with your opening, and want to avoid back-story, but I enjoyed the glimpse into Toni's youth with the information about the era she graduated in. This resonated with me. As a suggestion, changing to first-person might be a great way to make it more immediate...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Welcome Christmas

    I'm always drawn to stories about soldiers. I feel they're heroes, and the closest representation we have to Christ here on earth, giving their blood, their bodies for the rest of us. You captured this sentiment for me. I would have liked to be able to be in the action rather than just told...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Defying the Dark

    Thanks, Rose. :) I always look forward to what you'll have to say on my stories. For this one, having a 7th grader of my own gave me an inside glimpse into what this might be like, and what a kiddo might be thinking in such a time. I didn't want to go too dark with it, after all - it was about...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Defying the Dark

    Thank you so much, Pearly! That means a lot to me. :)
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Defying the Dark

    Thanks, Jim. I meant the POW! POW! to be gunshots (not the footsteps), as sensory of what a child would experience. When I pasted into the post, it lost something in the translation, so I had the idea to bold those spots. It was an impulsive choice, but I rather liked putting an extra emphasis...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner The Gift

    A very poignant glimpse into a life. I wish part of it had been active vs. all narration so that we could experience the events along with the character(s). But I particularly enjoyed the idea that her mother was communicating with her somehow in the form of the new sapling growing in the ashes...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Defying the Dark

    Two words changed our lives forever. “Active shooter.” We all knew what it meant. We’d had drills. When Principal Deen’s tense, hushed voice spoke those words over the PA, we understood. Sandra Collins hurried to the door. I was glad she was class leader today. I wasn’t sure I’d have thought...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Convergence by T.E. Bradford

    Story Title: Convergence I first saw the door as a child. I’d come in from the pool and got turned around. The hotel halls all looked alike. As tears pooled in my eyes, I found a door with a purple tag with an image of a door. Purple was my favorite color. Perhaps someone in this room could...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES by AliceO

    I must admit, as someone with a rather extreme bee phobia, this one hit close to home for me. Although for me the idea of taking a class to force myself to try a desensitization technique is nearly as terrifying as the real thing. LOL I didn't mind the progression at all. For me, I would have...
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    Intros & Newbies Hello!

    Wow, Jeigh! How traumatic that must have been. I can't begin to imagine. I'm glad you ventured out to talk with folks here. I find everyone to be very kind and helpful. I don't write Romance or Cozy (I'm a Spec and Hist Fic), but I do self-publish quite a bit. Like you, I started out traditional...
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    Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner Home Sweet Home by T.E. Bradford

    Story Title: Home Sweet Home “Hey! This flipping machine ate my quarter!” Connor kicked at the Home-Sweet-Home arcade game. “Watch it, Ladd-o.” Ripley’s hunched, disfigured form cast a crooked shadow. He gave the tweener kid his evilest eye. “These games aren’t cheap, you know.” He stroked the...
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    Announcement And the winner is...Wait we have TWO!

    You're so sweet, Rose. I do think it's nice that we can have ties. I feel honored to be in the winners circle with Shut Down - it was really good. :) What I love most is how good & inspirational these prompts are at drawing out so many amazing stories. I really do enjoy doing these Fortnight...
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    Announcement And the winner is...Wait we have TWO!

    What a cool idea, Leslie! Congrats, @dkoren-cimharas.com! Nice to be in a split-win with you. :)