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Read excerpt from One Billionth of A Lifetime One Billionth of A Lifetime by vic fortezza
A new parlor game...
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One Day in September by Theresa curnow
A secret in the woods......
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One Flew East by Carol Rzadkiewicz
Everyone in the entire world knows Clark Kent is Superman, but only Claudia knows her sister Ilene is Superwoman. ..
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One For The Road! (Drunk Driving) (Part One) by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A boy is caught driving while intoxicated ; he gets into a wreck involving several vehicles. This is his story, as told by his younger sister, who is 13 years old...
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Nickelodeon: Behind The Curtain (part 1) by Jeremy Vaeni
Ever wonder what it's like to work in children's television? Readers of my book find out. Here is the first of two notorious emails sent by "Anesthesia" to the Producers' Group that helped lead to the restructuring of Nickelodeon. Those who have read I KNOW WHY THE ALIENS DON'T LAND! will recogn..
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Nickelodeon: Behind The Curtain (part 2) by Jeremy Vaeni
The thrilling second and final email from "Anesthesia" to the Producers' Group at my favorite children's network, Nickelodeon. Legend--and fact--has it that this apology was ghost-written. __________________________________________..
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Nights of the Absurd by Odin Roark
Dedicated to those homeless artists I knew and their daily struggle to stay stable...
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No Matter Where You Go. ... by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Even in smaller towns, there are problems, as this woman has found out since moving from the city...
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No one really likes me. by Ellen Hatcher
short story about a workaholic running into a little girl..
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Normal People by Leslie Garcia
The bank clock read 102 degrees. Of course, it always read that particular figure, from May on.P> Julie Rosales wiped the back of her hand across her forehead and wondered why she wasn't really sweating. Then she sat down on the curb and unbuckled her sandals. Ladies perspired, t..
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Normie by Mark Lichterman
“Normie, yeah, it’s okay. An’ my mom want’s’a know if you wanna come here for lunch.” “She makin’ toasted cheese sandwiches?” Causing Norman to wince again, “Mom, Normie want’s’a know if you’re makin’ toasted cheese sandwiches.” “If that’s what you two want, yes.” “Yeah, ..
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Read excerpt from North and South North and South by Richelle Putnam
Two sisters under one roof dealing with pain in their own way. ..
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Not Just Another Saturday Night by Kathy Lynch
A woman's journey...oh please not another one!..
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Not A Good Day by Mark Lichterman
This excerpt is from my published novel, “For Better or worse” which is the sequel to “Becoming”. Becoming can now also be purchased as a Kindle Ebook for $4.95 Note: I am working on a bit of a re-write before publishing, “For Better or Worse” as a Kindle Ebook. ..
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Noxious Thoughts by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
A Dark Story Like Poem......
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Nudist 3 by Mark Lichterman
Though he'd done it spontaneously, without thought, other than as a sign of affection; when he had, “platonically” kissed Sandy’s breast... Could Mitchell Lipensky ever kiss a woman’s breast "platonically?" When he had kissed Sandy’s breast he knew the moment would return to him, and... br..
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Nudist 4 by Mark Lichterman
Although, truth be told, standing with ones erection poking onto one’s thigh could tend to make friends of strangers rather rapidly. “Your husband’s ‘fooling around’, that’s why you’re here, at Elysium?” I asked...
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Nudist 5: Black and White by Mark Lichterman
Sexual intercourse, for me, was always deeply emotional, and, in the past, was always with, if not exactly at that time, sexual intercourse would be with someone that I would then became extremely emotionally fond of. ..
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Nudist 6: Uh, oh! by Mark Lichterman
She saw what she saw, but the living concept of Elysium was so contrary to all she’d ever know that for a few moments the sight of dozens of fully nude people refused to meld into her conscious mind. ..
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Nudist One by Mark Lichterman
Not really knowing what to expect at one thirty on a Friday afternoon, I did see a number of scattered blankets along with a number of, really, naked people...
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Nudist Two: by Mark Lichterman
Most, or many men will not admit to this, but, having an inbred competitive mentality, men will, clandestinely, if in a communal shower or, most certainly in a place such as Elysium, mentally compare the breadth and/or the visible length of another man’s penis to the breadth and/or the visible len..
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NYC Again 1: Yes! by Mark Lichterman
Slammed shut, the hatch was secured by a stewardess… The portable stairway pulled away, the four motors sputtered… then roared to life… The plane, moving from the terminal… Goodbye. Goodbye. ..
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NYC Again 2: Parents by Mark Lichterman
“Hey, Ray,” he called. “Thanks! I’m getting married!” “No shit?” Flipping his cigarette over the side, “Congratulations!” “Yeah, thanks.” Going below to his locker, he took a couple of nickels from his wallet. Back topside, saluting the flag, starting down the gang- way, “Got a coup..
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NYC Again 4: Gossamer Threads by Mark Lichterman
Walter and Myra did agree on one thing: They considered the wedding—which, in their opinion, had grown completely out of hand—as a unneeded frivolity on the part of Rhea, and planned on contributing as little as possible to it. But even though Myra had dismissed herself from all but the smallest f..
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NYC Again 5: Elvis? by Mark Lichterman
Careful, a bit of coarse language here and my apologies for the use of a certain word. (A "Becoming" Excerpt)..
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NYC Again3: Machetunim (In-laws) by Mark Lichterman
“Huh?” Almost choking on this. “Jesus, four thousand dollars!” “Yeah. And knowing some of my mother’s friends, maybe we’ll even get more.” Thinking, Four thousand bucks—maybe even more! “Marcie, you really do want this wedding, don’t you?” “Yes, Mitchie, I really do.” ..
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NYC/Skokie: Ripples 2 by Mark Lichterman
For a reason not yet known, Myra had been silently angry ever since Walter and Marsha came through the door, and the young woman had done her best to stay out of her way, physically and verbally. (A "Becoming" Excerpt)..
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Off Ramp: Weekly Short for 12/01/2014 by Byron Edgington
A modern Scrooge story complete with the ghost of Christmas Present..
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Oh, What a Fool! by Bethann Korsmit
This was written 15 years ago for a creative writing class at Penn State University. I got an "A" for the story, but I'm happy to say that my writing has improved exponentially since then. My first novel was published in June 2007. ..
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NYC/Chicago:Phone Call by Mark Lichterman
Mitchell would have two liberties to unpack and get the apartment ready before he returned to Chicago on Friday the sixteenth, the day before the wedding. He’d even thought of ordering a telephone from New York Bell, which will have been installed by the time he got home… Home! (A "B..
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NYC/Skokie: Ripples 3 by Mark Lichterman
Still wondering why Marsha hadn’t answered or been put on the line by now, figuring he’d just as soon get the conversation with his mother over with before speaking to Marsha, “Yeah, sure, put her on.” Not trusting herself to speak calmly, shaking her head, Myra whispered, “Tell him I got ..
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Owner of Indemnity by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
A Dark Story Poem.....
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Pagan Mother: Toreutic Jewels by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
from mud and clay and sand to pearl our earthy elements are adornments..
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Parents by Mark Lichterman
“Walt, you and me, we’ve as much in common with our kid as most parents have with their kids. But sometimes you’ve got to make an extra effort; sometimes you’ve got to go out of your way. You? You never do! You work, you eat, you sleep, and you read your damned newspaper. It really wouldn’t kill you..
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View Photo of Past Life Read excerpt from Past Life Past Life by Hayley Juhl
A man reflects on where he's been and where he'd like to go...
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Perspectives: Having Gay Or Lesbian Parents. by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A girl writes about her rather unusual family situation...
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Perspectives: Living With Deaf Parents. by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A girl tries to understand her parents, who are deaf...
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Perspectives: No Habla Ingles! (Illegal Immigration) by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A young Mexican woman shares her story about trying to make it in America...
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Perspectives: Not Being Able To Read. (Story #6,500!) by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A lady copes with not being able to read. She finds out that she is missing out on a lot. Image of hard cover book (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman...
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PERVERT: The Disillusionment Of Paradise by Mark Lichterman
Muttering, “Oh, yes!” The man had been waiting for her, watching for her, expecting the young woman because it was at this approximate time that she came each day. The man had seen the lone woman and baby a number of times over the past week, but had been with his wife each time so it wasn’..
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Pigeon-sill Sunday by Odin Roark
This is an experiment in both the recalling of motivations we employ at different times in our lives to understand ourselves better, as well as formatting a different style of short story/prosetry for me. Let me know how it works for you. ..
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Pineapple Upside-down Cake by Andrea Graham
Based on the aftermath of my paternal grandmother's battle with parkinsons' disease. Two young sisters, Annie and Chrissy, cope with the turmoil created by their dying grandmother and find hope in a gift their parents view as a painful reminder of promises unfulfilled...
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Pink Cards and Piscators by Max Blue
Liddy and Loo try out their new boat on Little Buffalo Lake, and encounter an unexpected obstacle. ..
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Read excerpt from Pittons - (Short Story) Pittons - (Short Story) by Roger Memmott
"Pittons" is one of 12 stories included in the collection GARDENING WITHOUT GLOVES. An abused woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown grows suspicious of her child's imaginary friend and dreads the very real possibility that he has vanished into another world...
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View Photo of pneumania Read excerpt from pneumania pneumania by Sean Brijbasi
From the award winning book "One Note Symphonies". Read it and find out why.....
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Pockets by Mark Lichterman
Recently, using his comic books, enlarging the breasts and filling in the nipples and crotch as best as he could visualize, he had taken to tracing pictures of women onto tracing paper and had an assortment of naked women, as best as he could visualize, ranging from Wonder Woman to Archie’s girlfrie..
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Point of Light by Rea Fielden
Flash Fiction..
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Porcelain Girl by Alexis Lawson
About me losing the one I love..
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Post-Adoption Panic!!: The Adoption Chronicles. by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A couple is dealing with a newly adopted child who doesn't speak their language...
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Pregnant Three by Mark Lichterman
Caution, a bit of sex and some coarse language. _______________________________________ Through the eight months of pregnancy. Marsha’s breasts had grown from a size 34C to a 36D cup. The areola of her nipples, as though bursting through their rounded, dusky pink domes, had enlarged and flat..
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