Notes: Black Line, Part 3
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The Thick Black Line
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Title: The Thick Black Line
Genre/Word Count: Fiction/1,214
Notes: Part 3 of 3. (Part One here. Part Two here). Further notes (plus description of original, more Twilight Zone ending) here.

The Story So Far: In one timeline, we are introduced to Henry, a man whose future selves keep returning to the present to give him advice on how to live his life, specifically as pertains to dating one girl in particular, named Bridgett. All his other selves are fixated on her, except for one, whom Henry suspects is really violating the rules of time travel.

In another timeline, we see Bridgett, who is surprised by Henry when he sits at her table in a coffeehouse, reveals secrets about her life, claims to be her time traveling boyfriend, and then proceeds to break up with her.

We resume with Henry and the mysterious self


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Notes: Over Twenty Percent
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I'd originally intended it as a throwaway paragraph to run as a JFF, but it sort of became the entry due to both other considerations, and further explorations of the piece. I don't want to say that I'm not happy with it, but I think that's the fact I can't actually decide myself about how I feel about the protagonist, and the protagonist's beliefs. I suppose I disagree with them as much as I envy them, but in trying such a short piece, it's hard to get all of that through.

Alternate version follows that's a bit longer, but weaker for it (I think). I'm trying to actively avoid stories where not much happens, which is how it's sort of part of a longer and more complex scene in my mind that I don't think it's necessarily worth the effort to write out - I doubt it's actually interesting that way. I'd be curious to hear any comments on comparing the two.

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Over Twenty Percent
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Title: Over Twenty Percent
Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 398
Notes: Notes, including introspective philosophical rambling and an alternate version of the story, are here.

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Whether
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Title: Whether
Genre: Stageplay, romantic comedy
Word Count: 828 (w/ stage direction
Notes: needs a better title. At one point it gets a bit anvil-y, but I was aiming for brevity.

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SCW1#2
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From class, a little ditty about someone who can't ask for a raise.

I hate myself for writing the line about the unicorn, but it's too much to resist.

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Spalding Gray is Dead
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Title: Spalding Gray is Dead
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction
Word Count: 1,161
Notes: I'm now thinking that my designated notation for this piece was excessively glib. At the root of it is a question about what honesty actually is. A lot of it substance is dark in its study of that.
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I don't like my thoughts when I'm near a ledge. I have tattoos on my wrists and arms to make me think twice about ruining them. I've lied to medical professionals about not being in pain so that they wouldn't give me painkillers.

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The weight of this sad time we must obey;
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

Prolouge: Curae Non...
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Prologue for Curae Non Ipsa In Morte Relinquunt. I often use prologues for historical/mythical pieces, but because this piece is such a quick bang I don't think that one in general is useful. However, with the desire to not intentionally confuse any given audience...

(VIRGIL sits at a bar on stage. He looks like Sinatra at 7 in the morning after a night out on the town, and is staring down at a rather full wine glass in front of him After a moment, he acknowledges the presence of the audience with a nod.)

VIRGIL
Good evening.
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Curae Non Ipsa In Morte Relinquunt
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Title: Curae Non Ipsa In Morte Relinquunt
Genre: Stageplay
Word Count: 1,003 (w/ stage directions)
Warnings: Crude Sexual Humor, Language, Classical Literature Genius Bonus
Notes: Here. This is a dramatization of an event that takes place in Book Six of The Aeneid, specifically when Aeneas and Dido meet in Hades. If that previous sentence meant absolutely nothing to you, I've written a
prologue that should help.

The really short version? Imagine that you made a trip to the afterlife and wound up running into your ex.
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On The Mating Habits of Possums
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On the Mating Habits of Possums: A Literary Library Challenge

I know absolutely nothing about the mating habits of possums. Since I know nothing about the mating habits of possums, I should not write about them. Read more...Collapse )

(This is written due to lalalaleigha's challenge, though the specific inspiration was out of a discussion with and out of the nudging of aquarius_galuxy.)

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