Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (after editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011.
- Tuesday 1st May: prompt: write a story in no more than 1,200 words – An English Summer (496 words).
- Wednesday 2nd May: prompt: memories – You Are A Lovely Lot (286 words).
- Thursday 3rd May: prompt: take inspiration from Wikipedia’s home page – What He Saw (574 words).
- Friday 4th May: prompt: Hero worship – Your character meets one of his / her heroes’ – It’s Not Every Day (284 words).
- Saturday 5th May: prompt: go on Flickr and find a photo that inspired – Two Out Of Three (386 words).
- Sunday 6th May: prompt: steal a line from an eavesdropped conversation – I Did My Very Best To Die In The War (333 words).
- Monday 7th May: prompt: write a story inspired by a song title – The Dancing Stopped in 1983 (349 words).
- Tuesday 8th May: prompt: write a story based on someone we know – Charity Shops on Saturday (548 words).
- Wednesday 9th May: prompt: write a story with an unreliable narrator – The Photographer That No-One Else Can Get (594 words).
- Thursday 10th May: prompt: ‘Off-stage’; to write a story where your character never appears – White Chocolate Chocolate (318 words).
- Friday 11th May: prompt: bring the character mentioned (but not featured) from yesterday into this story but later on – Just A Figure Of Speech (640 words).
- Saturday 12th May: prompt: write a story from a non-human / inanimate object’s point of view – Hold On (725 words).
- Sunday 13th May: prompt: give our hero a want or need, then move them away or towards it – Would Chuck Chuck? (187 words).
- Monday 14th May: prompt: a fish out of water; write a story about a human on another planet or alien on ours – Don’t Talk To The Food (620 words).
- Tuesday 15th May: prompt: (re-)write a fairy tale – Some Shoes To Match (345 words).
- Wednesday 16th May: prompt: write a love story that doesn’t run smoothly – 1966 And All That (100 words).
- Thursday 17th May: prompt: the chase – The Legends of Louisiana (107 words).
- Friday 18th May: prompt: write a story featuring a loner – Bill The Bag Man (726 words).
- Saturday 19th May: prompt: write a story with a quest – The Quest For The Truth (215 words).
- Sunday 20th May: prompt: write a story about revenge – Deadly Serious (360 words).
- Monday 21st May: prompt: write a first-person viewpoint story – I Always Did Hate Biology (380 words).
- Tuesday 22nd May: prompt: write a story in third person limited point of view – Being Ernest (376 words).
- Wednesday 23rd May: prompt: write a story in third person omniscient point of view, where we hear from various characters’ heads – The Best Man (308 words).
- Thursday 24th May: prompt: write a story in an epistolary fashion by letter, email, Facebook or Twitter – The Perfect Place (108 words).
- Friday 25th May: prompt: re-write a previous Story a Day story in a different point of view – One Out Of Three (595 words).
- Saturday 26th May: prompt: write a monologue – Stronger Than He Looks (421 words).
- Sunday 27th May: prompt: write dialogue – Not Like They Used To (301 words).
- Monday 28th May: prompt: write a descriptive story – Thank You For The Joy (345 words).
- Tuesday 29th May: prompt: the protagonist is a hero – In His Shoes (974 words).
- Wednesday 30th May: prompt: write the climax of a story – Sabbatical From The Rat Race (630 words).
- Thursday 31st May: prompt: write a story about a best friend (“and make us love the hero”) and give it a kick-ass ending – Parallel Bars (610 words).
Reviews for this eBook:
- 5* on Amazon.co.uk: This inspired collection of stories is all the more remarkable as it was written as the author’s response to the “story a day” challenge. Some of the stories are linked, such as The Threadbare Girl parts 1 and 2 (these have also been published separately, such is the quality of this chilling tale), and A Military Couple part 1 which is very cleverly re-told in part 2 from another’s perspective. Morgen Bailey expresses volumes in a few words as she introduces us to unforgettable characters such as the delightful Phyllis in They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, young Bessie who mothers a lost boy in Into The Wild Blue Yonder, and Sonya struggling to choose between her diet and four chelsea buns in May The Fourth Be With You. The scope of the stories is far reaching in time and place. We have dinner with an alien in Alternate Reality and are left speculating uneasily about a forthcoming trip in The Big Game. As Amelia’s grandfather says in A Story For Amelia Earheart: “…you can go anywhere your imagination will take you.” I warmly recommend readers to look inside Morgen Bailey’s treasure box of stories; there are many fine diamonds and pearls to discover.
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