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Short Stories: June 22, 2022 Issue [#11427]

 This week: Can I Put The Body In A Glad Bag?
  Edited by: ♥ Leger ♥
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2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
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The purpose of this newsletter is to help the Writing.com short story author hone their craft and improve their skills. Along with that I would like to inform, advocate, and create new, fresh ideas for the short story author. Write to me if you have an idea you would like presented.

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Letter from the editor

Can I Put the Dead Body in a Glad Trash Bag?

It's getting harder and harder these days to find places to hide your dead bodies. In the garden and under the front porch are full of skeletons and the back of the closet is reserved for Uncle Buddy. Not everyone can drive out to the Pinelands as we can in New Jersey, so we'll need to find another way to dispose of them. A Waste Management dumpster? Hmmm.

The question arises; can we use name brands in our writing? The short answer is yes. The qualifiers to go with that yes are you can't defame or tarnish that product's good name. You're not allowed to confuse your readers with similar fake names and water down the goodwill of that product. So instead of using a brand name garbage bag for your dead body, you'll have to just say garbage bag or make up a product brand for the dirty deed. But if your character is admiring a lovely lady in a Camaro, you can leave the brand in. If you do decide to use a brand name, be sure to spell it properly. Kleenex is facial tissue, not a kleenex.

Don't waste a lovely afternoon pecking away at the keyboard on researching a brand name instead of writing a few chapters of your story. But when you have the time for research during edit, do be sure to check spelling and infringement errors. So BoneyBoy Pinelli can drop the carpet-rolled Chucky Three-Fingers Malone in a DumpStar container behind the Lucky Casino. Be creative and try something unexpected with your corpse. It will always make for good reading.

This month's question: Where do you hide your bodies? The dead ones, I mean. *Laugh*
Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!

Editor's Picks

Site Contest This Month
Journey Through Genres: Official Contest  (E)
Write a short story in the given genre to win big prizes!
#1803133 by Writing.Com Support

Genre Prompt for June 2022: Hobby/Craft

Racism   (18+)
Racism as I experienced it
#2273862 by green

Excerpt: It's no secret that as a child, I was exposed to a great deal of let's call them non-parenting skills. Surprisingly, racism wasn't one of them. So, let me tell you a story that reflects racism as I experienced it and my reactions.

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best STORY or POEM in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophy

Give this daily contest a try!

The Test Pilot  (E)
A Test pilot on a routine test flight passes into the realm beyond reality and imagination
#2275143 by N.A Miller

Excerpt: "You're travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

Wonderland  (13+)
a "nonsensical" writing activity.
#2212324 by iKïyå§ama in Wonderland!

Excerpt: It's tyme to return to Wonderland!
Create a world where Alice and friends play, all inspired by the brilliant mind of Lewis Carroll. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with us, for a golden crown awaits at the finish!
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Real Estate  (18+)
The smooth patter of the realtor promises much. Joint Winner, Weekly SCREAMS!!! 06.17.22.
#2274969 by Beholden

Excerpt: I was not born to love houses. It’s much more that I fell into this job, having no other prospects on the horizon and willing to try my hand at everything. So don’t expect the hard sell from me or anything like that. I’ll show you the house and tell you what I know without adornment and then it’ll be up to you whether you want it or not. It’s all the same to me.

The Whatever Contest  (13+)
This irregular contest will change each round. Nature poem? Horror story? Whatever.
#2232242 by Schnujo

This contest will be different each time I post it--different genre, different prompt, different rules, different requirements, etc., depending on my mood and schedule.

The Flight  (E)
A story of a flight no one wants to experience
#2179290 by Sumojo

Excerpt: Glancing down the plane at her fellow passengers she wondered about her reaction and theirs, if there happened to be an emergency. She imagined she could hear the announcement and shivered.

A Version Of Truth  (18+)
Written for Whatever reason. Journalist caught in the story. My last fiction offering.
#2172282 by BKCompton, NormalizingAtypical

Excerpt: 'Learn to make friends', he'd assert, when he saw a clotted, bloody nose. 'Learn a trade', his final advice, after brief glimpses of poetry and sketch books lying on my bed.

I was 'different'. I couldn't be him.

 Everybody Told Everybody So  (ASR)
Because nothing succeeds like success!
#2274739 by Thankful Sonali Wdc POWER RVW!

Excerpt: "Again? Again?"

He didn't hear her. She had known he wouldn't, the exclamation was merely to vent steam. To get his attention, she had to tap him physically – and this she did, so firmly that it bordered on being a 'smack'.

Long, Long, Long  (18+)
Prompt-free contest for stories of the lengthier variety. New round May 2022!
#1782293 by Stik's Ready to Run!

Excerpt: Ladies and gentlemen, it's back! Long, Long, Long has returned to reward short stories of at least 5,000 words and the writers who pour their hearts into them. As a writer of these somewhat longer pieces, I hope to find others who enjoy this level of writing as much as I do. Some of my favorite stories are longer than typical online short stories, and I want to see more of them.

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Ask & Answer

This month's question: Where do you hide your bodies? The dead ones, I mean. *Laugh*
Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!

Last month's "Short Stories Newsletter (May 25, 2022) question: Have you tried unfamiliar genres? What happened?

Annette : I don't think I have ventured very deep into writing for unfamiliar genres. For me, that would be horror writing. I don't really read it, so I don't write it. I don't think I could come up with something scary to write.

BIG BAD WOLF : It all depends on what route one wants to try.

SherritheWriter : I usually write science fiction and mystery/suspense, but I occasionally like to dabble in satire or humor. It's a good break, and I'd like to do more pieces that make people laugh, and point out the silly and ridiculous things in a lighter tone. I am trying to diversify!

Steven the Penguin-Hunter : Unfamiliar genres... oh, yeah. I was challenged to write a Western. Standard Western, straight forward short story... and I sold it to a magazine. In my recent arts degree I had to write a romance short story. I sold that as well, to an anthology. I am finding it fun to write in different genres. My normal genres have been horror, fantasy, science fiction and comedy, but being able to sell other genres tells me that there are so many more doors that could be opened through this. And it can even help with the way I write my preferred genres. Positive influences from different streams. I recommend it!

I was always a horror, fantasy, science fiction writers (the spec fic genres) and dabbled in comedy. and poetry But recently (past 10 years) I have written straight westerns (and even sold one), romance (and sold 2), thriller, police procedural, historical, detective, erotica, and creative-nonfiction (sold 2).

The thing is, I read across all genres. While horror, comedy and fantasy are my preferred genres, I read a bit of everything. So writing across genres is just something I hadn't done because I didn't trust myself that I could. But I decided "why not?" and gave it all a go. Having said that, it's fun.

Odessa Molinari : Since being on WDC I have tried pretty much every genre, some more successful than others. I am definitely no poet.

Just Jae : I'm with Odessa Molinari. I'm no poet. *Rolleyes*

Jayne : Found out I was really good at writing romance and erotica. Like, good enough people asked for more *Blush*. It was not on my "things I might be good at" bingo card.

Starling : I've tried a few. A couple worked out ok, but on a couple my characters didn't want to play.

GeminiGem🌻 : I have enjoyed my occasional foray into the unknown genre. Who knew I could write science fiction? Who knew I had some poems up my sleeve? I think the ability to write a decent flash fiction story was the biggest surprise of all. Who knew I could write a short story in 24 hours that I wasn't embarrassed to have someone else read?

Lucinda Lynx : I just wrote myself in the corner, so I realized it was the false start and not my genre.

Serena Blade : I tried to write a love story but realized I was not good at it because I added a decapitation. I don't know what I was thinking.

Happy to write : Usually I like what I like I do veer off from what I like however not too often.

Leslie Loo : I have many times. I've tried to write mysteries, horror stories, and thrillers, but kind of failed. There was this one thriller story that I wrote online, but quickly went popular. This was a long time ago.

elephantsealer : "...unfamiliar genres?" They test your ability to write...

Rupali Goswami : First, we need to understand the meaning of the uncommon genre. Then try it in our writings. But, a few times, we will be the familiar application of that genre. It is a challenge. We cannot be an expert then and there.

Thank you to everyone responding to the newsletter and newsfeed, your replies are much appreciated! Leger~

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