When To Talk To Strangers by Sharon X. Wong

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What if talking to strangers is the right thing to do? A different take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Sharon lives in Perth, Western Australia, but spends most of her time in completely imaginary worlds. She has worked as a translator and language tutor and enjoys symphonic music and stories in all their forms.

Parentheses by Laura Porter

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It was the waiting that was the worst.

The chalk stopped tapping against the blackboard, and the droning came to a halt, ending on the up note of a question. Next, a long and deliberately antagonistic pause. The feet began their slow heel to toe stroll toward the tables.

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Laura Porter is a freelance writer and editor who writes regularly for area newspapers and magazines. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Her historical novel, Turned Adrift, is in process. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, the dog and the cat, as well as whichever millennial child needs a break from the real world at the moment.

Good Meat by Neha Mediratta

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In a tent, atop a mountain, do couples dream of killing each other?

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Neha Mediratta is a freelance writer and editor based in Mumbai. Her interests include swimming, tai chi alongwith studying natural and human systems of organization)

Glorious and Sunny by Lisa Rutledge

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Sunny’s momma hardly leaves the house these days. Sunny’s always been able to cheer her up before, but now he can’t seem to help. And it’s no surprise to Sunny that his sister doesn’t help either. Can these three family members find happiness together in changed circumstances?

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Lisa Rutledge writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She reads in the historical fiction, fantasy, and humor genres, to name just a few of her favorites. Visit her website at https://lisarutledgeauthor.com/to check out more of her work and subscribe to her blog.

Humpty Dumpty’s Demise by Maery Rose

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“We had long thought Humpty Dumpty would meet his demise with reckless abandon. And we weren’t far from the truth.”

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Maery Rose is a Minnesota writer who has been blogging for over twenty years at maeryrose.com. She likes to believe that the wide variety of topics she writes about represent an unquenchable curiosity. Maery’s most recent and harrowing trek has taken her into the world of writing and publishing short stories.

Cinderella Jones by Anita G. Gorman

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A teen named Cinderella is ridiculed, but she makes use of the elements of the fairytale to be a success in unusual ways.

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Anita G. Gorman grew up in Queens and now lives in northeast Ohio. Since 2014 she has had a number of short stories and essays accepted for publication. Her one-act play, Astrid: or, My Swedish Mama, produced at Youngstown Ohio’s Hopewell Theatre in March 2018, starred Anita and her daughter Ingrid.

Alphabet Soup by J. E. M. Wildfire

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Living in a jump rope nursery rhyme is not what you’d expect.

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J.E.M. Wildfire danced on the edge of creative writing throughout her life, culminating with lawyerly briefs and memorandums filled with facts presented as creatively as possible while remaining truthful. After retiring, she decided to dispense with facts and concentrate on creativity. She discovered that the diversity of StoryADay May prompts sparked her late-blooming talent and led down writing paths she would not have stumbled upon otherwise. This piece is one of them. While she can’t say for sure whether it’s actually a story, the writing exercise was fun. She thinks readers will enjoy the puzzle or the humor or both.

Graceless by Gabrielle Johansen

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A young Witch faces her first true test in spellcasting. Will she rise to the occasion? Find out in “Graceless”!

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Gabrielle Johansen is an aspiring young adult fantasy author. She enjoys reading everything from Maas to Atwood to Briggs. This story was inspired by the idea that every character wants something and often those wants are in direct opposition. This is her first foray into the StoryADay world, which she has found inspiring and extremely helpful.

Love Among The Tombstones by Kath Saxby

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Eileen’s mom, wanting a safe place for her daughter’s ashes, buried them among the roots of the yew tree without a tombstone and without permission.

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Kath Saxby’s fiction has been published by Storyscape and her travel writing by major New Zealand newspapers and TNT magazine in England. She was a finalist in competitions held by Arts and Letters, Summer Literary Seminars, Hunger Mountain and shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize. She was selected for a New York Mills residency in northern Minnesota and she holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York. Kath grew up in Fiji and in New Zealand where she worked on the family farm. She has held jobs in computer programming, sales, truck driving, meat-packing and office administration, and currently teaches English as a second language in East Harlem. She has a completed novel-in-waiting, titled Dog Wars.

Conrad’s Fitting by Courtney M.

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Retelling of a German nursery rhyme. Warnings: gruesome and child hurt in this story.

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I love reading and writing micro fiction. I didn’t walk away with 31 amazing stories this StoryADay, but I pushed myself to try new techniques and styles and look forward to snipping away at the drafts to tailor little nuggets of strangeness.