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    Wow, that went quickly. Thanks for hosting this!...

    Wow, that went quickly. Thanks for hosting this! I had fun.
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    While I can see how this exercise lets a writer...

    While I can see how this exercise lets a writer better comprehend the power of punctuation, I found an interesting thing happen when I rewrote this. Because of the assignment, I could not edit.
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    Okay, here is the prompt seven exercise rewritten...

    Okay, here is the prompt seven exercise rewritten with punctuation as intended.

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    I can’t get out.

    The sky crackles, the very air charged with electricity from the storms attacking...
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    That's interesting, Dory. I think some of us...

    That's interesting, Dory. I think some of us tend to have punctuation so ingrained that to write without feels foreign. My inner editor cringes over the smallest errors in even simple internet user...
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    Thanks, Dory!

    Your kind words really made my day. I'm flattered that you say it would make a great opening paragraph.

    I seem to remember hearing about Faulkner's experiment but not reading. It would surely...
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    Somehow I missed this thread when you first posted, Noony. Great suggestions! I'll have to think about five prompt ideas and come back...
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    Way to go, Dory!

    Did you write this longhand first? I had to, then struggled to type it up in MS Word, "correcting" all its efforts in fixing my intentional mistakes.

    I found your story very compelling, and much...
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    Well, I ran a little over at 347. Sorry about...

    Well, I ran a little over at 347. Sorry about that. I guess it sort of makes up for all my earlier short ones.

    Story:

    i cant get out the sky crackles the very air charged with electricity...
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    About "Big Tom" - how cool!

    Dory, your kind words mean a lot. And I think it's fabulous that you took your husband's childhood story about a great tree to inspire your tale. Thanks for sharing his experience.
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    Thanks, Dory!

    You have a kind soul to say such things. I, too, look forward to your ongoing contributions.
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    Thanks, Dory!

    You're very kind. And I adore how you always find just the right emoticon to go with what you wish to say. You have a great mind.
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    Thanks! And you're absolutely right about the...

    Thanks! And you're absolutely right about the song. Now you dear ladies make me want to explore the character and situation further. We'll see what happens with the muse.
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    Thank you, dear. You are very kind.

    Thank you, dear. You are very kind.
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    This is another short one, at just 180 words, but...

    This is another short one, at just 180 words, but I enjoyed writing it. We really did just try this recipe, too.

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    Rosemary infuses my pallet with a flowery bouquet. Then her signature...
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    Another good one, Dory!

    I really enjoyed the grandfather bonding with the boy. The daughter treating him the same way as her son is a cute touch. The inner monologue is particularly poignant. You really got us into the...
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    At a mere 171 words, here's what I came up...

    At a mere 171 words, here's what I came up with...

    Story:

    Mary clenched the synthetic pile, leaving finger marks before smoothing the fibers down. She’d expected a coarse texture but this...
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    Nice, Dory!

    Nice, Dory!
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    Gosh! Thanks for the kind words. You make me...

    Gosh! Thanks for the kind words. You make me wonder about these questions now.
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    Ooh, an interesting challenge. I suppose it...

    Ooh, an interesting challenge. I suppose it should be something to which I can relate, though, since we had our kitchen renovated a year ago. It's stupid how much time one can spend finding just...
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    Go, Dory!

    This line gave me chills: "Companionship on a long journey is misery divided and joy shared." It's neat that we both envisioned the musicians as fellow travelers. That's cool.
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    Nice, Dory!

    The idea of dreams being rooted really moved me. It's as if we can actually recover them. Well done.
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    At 362 words, here's my little contribution. I...

    At 362 words, here's my little contribution. I hope it's a fun read.

    Story:

    That’s it. Right there, I thought. That smell I love.

    Jasper shifted in his sleep, probably because I had...
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    Way to go, Dory!

    Oh, Dory, that's very sweet! I like the imagery of tiny footprints.
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    Ooh, my husband is going to drive us on our...

    Ooh, my husband is going to drive us on our errands, so I'll take my notebook along for the ride. I'm afraid perfume counters annoy my allergies, but I know my favorite spice. Cardamom always...
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    Okay, here's my story at 280 words: Tienan...

    Okay, here's my story at 280 words:

    Tienan slowed his swift stride, lifting his face toward the invisible sky, every muscle tensed. Was that the song of a flute drifting through the trees? Had...
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