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mark.i.wang

Joined January 2012.

39 stories, 0 challenges, 290 comments, and 29 friends

Goals as a commenter:
1. Comment/Ficlet ratio = 5:1
2. Provide consistent feedback
3. Provide feedback to lightly commented ficlets
4. Comment on unfinished drafts.

Goals as a writer:
1. Fully convey an emotion or idea (don’t force the reader to read a prequel or sequel to enjoy the writing)
2. Explore diverse formats (human interest, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.)
3. Original Work /(Sequel + Prequel + Challenge) ratio = 1:1
4. Crowd-source writer’s block – publish unfinished drafts.

Stories

  1. A game in secret.

    Knight to E7, Elizabeth places her father’s knight onto the board with a thud, forking her Queen and King. “Who was that on the phone, Lizzie?” – a tired voice wafts up from the kitchen; aromas of vanilla, chocolate and toffee ...

  2. Calling collect.

    The wind bites at his fingers through threadbare gloves. His hand blocks the glare from oncoming traffic. Walter shambles across the street to a phone booth; a pocketful of change clinks against his mostly empty bottle of whiskey. The door violently s...

  3. The soundtrack of my life (draft)

    A guitarist arrives on a street corner. A man listens to the music and mysteriously hears it wherever he goes. He tries to find the guitarist to ask why, but the guitarist has disappeared. Occasionally, he sees the guitarist – each time, the guitari...

  4. The things that keep us human. (Mature)

  5. Eddie Tucker

    “And may I introduce you to – Eddie Tucker!” With that, the xenobiologist whips the coroner’s sheet back, revealing a small humanoid corpse. Just over 4 feet tall, the body has smooth greyish skin that is mottled with decomposi...

  6. Never again, this time I'm sure.

    Jan, how could you? We shared our innermost secrets, and our darkest fears. The tears stream down my face, I don’t even bother brushing them away. My nose runs like a spigot; it’s raw and cracked from excessive wiping (first with tissues &#...

  7. Sign twirler.

    He walks the Santa Monica Pier until he finds a good spot with heavy foot traffic. Tom sets his signs down and opens his backpack, taking out a stickered stereo and cassette tapes. Each tape is marked with a topical title: Abortion kills Babies, The En...

  8. Which do you think is worse? (Mature)

  9. The soft glow of safety. And then.

    It waits in the darkness patiently. The leprous creature has been preying on mankind since the dawn of time. In a different era, campfires held it at bay. And then candles. And then light bulbs. Saliva drips from its rotting maw. Creeping toward a wind...

  10. When did it happen?

    Was it while leaving college? After you closed the final suitcase – but before you turned, and found her crumpling into your arms. Was it a few years later? At night, working in the office, when an unexpected phone call filled your chest with fam...

  11. The things people don't notice. (Mature)

  12. 'Why' doesn't matter. (Mature)

  13. Waking up...

    And then it happened… I woke up, when I shouldn’t have. At first, the world was fuzzy. Maybe it was the morphine, or maybe my eyes hadn’t figured out they weren’t done just yet. As the world swam into focus, I saw a man in a lon...

  14. An unlikely game in an unlikely place.

    “Do you know what the story is with Hsu?” “You mean the Chinese guy?” “Yeah… He doesn’t seem like he belongs here. All he does is twiddle with the checkers set.” “Oh, he belongs here. A couple month...

  15. A confusing state of affairs. (Mature)

  16. Finding friends, night falls.

    She’s running as fast as she can; but it’s gaining on her. Just as she turns the corner – “Shhh!” A powerful hand cups her mouth, and an arm yanks her off her feet. She sees Blake – waiting in the shadows. He swing...

  17. The double-cross.

    The demon chuckles, “Betrayal! How delightful!” Tom grins sheepishly – offering Jose and Maria as collateral for the demon’s protection was likely, a very poor bargain. Cursing himself silently, Real smart, jackass… Let&#...

  18. An epic tale begins...

    “I just got this bad boy on my last raid…”, with a dramatic flourish, the paladin draws his sword, "I call it the “Holy Avenger” – this baby gives me a +5 on attacking and defending." The others look on in ...

  19. Parenting.

    A goldfish floats, belly up in the toilet. He looks down at his daughter, her pink sausage fingers clutching the rim of the white seat. She looks up at him with large luminous blue eyes. Her eyes are serious. Concerned. “Now we have to say some w...

  20. Momentary safety... And then. (Mature)

  21. Dropping the pretense.

    Tom is powerless to struggle. The huge man towers over him, holding Tom effortlessly. Tom catches his breath, “Ok… Just drop the act. I know you’re a bad guy.” The demon cocks his head, and with a knowing grin replies, “So...

  22. a voice from the past; panic in the present.

    “If you’re wat-cing this, listen to me. I don’t ha-e time to explain what’s hap-ening. You probably haven’t heard th- news yet. Don’t go over and switch on the TV. Keep your eyes focused on me right n-w.” David snapped to attentio...

  23. naming the firstborn.

    “I like the name Thomas.” Henry sighed. Sarah was being stubborn. “Honey, we already discussed this… I thought we’d agreed on Gabriel.” Henry thought to himself, in situations like this, the best tactic is a mixture...

  24. Shy bladders, pale eyes.

    “Ok, ok… But I have a shy bladder, you have to look away.” – Tom explains as he blushes a bright red. “The gringo, he can’t pee while we watch.” Maria translates for Jose, giggling. For a moment, the trio stand...

  25. packing for a journey.

    Tom whistles softly, as he fingers Jose’s blanket poncho. The thick fabric has been woven over wrought chain mail. Jose dons the armored poncho with a grunt. He grabs a tattered sombrero, and begins rolling a small arsenal into a rucksack. “...

  26. a burrito at the cantina, headed to trouble.

    Enraged the dark shadow bellows in fury – but it has no power within the cantina. The saloon doors slam shut and the phantasm is gone. Jose casually cleans a glass, softly whistling. Tom, mid-chew, swallows – “So… this kind of t...

  27. scenes from a cantina.

    Tom’s throat is parched; his lips are cracked and bleeding. Pushing open the saloon-style swinging doors, he enters the small cantina. Tom has been walking for over a day, following a broken road winding through the blistering hot desert. When t...

  28. counting in binary.

    The teacher turns toward its students, “Class, does anyone know why we count in binary?” One pupil raises its arm. “Yes, Barry?” “It’s because we have only #10b claws on each pincer.” “Well… That&#...

  29. all that is left.

    Six men watch in helpless horror as brilliant white flashes plume over eurasia and nuclear fire engulfs the surface of Earth. Aboard the International Space Station, they had spent the past weeks in frigid suspense. In the first days, the worldwide fin...

  30. of friends and enemies. (Mature)

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