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Rapunzel Inspired Paranormal Short Story


Poppi by Dorlana Vann The hillside mansion was huge, old, and cold and spotless. As soon as Riley stepped inside his childhood home, he felt uneasy. Even though he’d visited many times since he had lived there, it seemed different now, even more eerie than when Mother Gothel was alive. Lola, his ex-wife, walked in …

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Hansel and Gretel Inspired Sestina


For #fairytaleTuesday I’m posting my Hansel and Gretel inspired sestina I wrote when I was experimenting with combining poems and fairy tales.  A sestina has six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet. Each stanzas has the same six words at the end of each line that follow a fixed pattern.  My words are: …

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Muse: Paranormal Thriller (flash fiction) Inspired by the Fairy Tale, Prince Ariel


Muse by Dorlana Vann   Since Jackson couldn’t channel his frustration onto the blank page, he used his fist to pound it into the desk. “Ahhh,” he cried, swooshing his fountain pen and several loose pieces of writing-paper to the floor. His caged birds squawked with excitement from the sudden movement. Jackson stood up, his …

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Don’t Get Mad, Get Editing (Look at every critique in a positive way.)


I have observed some really upset writers after they’ve received written or verbal suggestions about their stories. And I think most writers at least wince (I know I do) when they receive tons of edits on one copy. But you can actually learn to see these as gifts, huge favors, and even unexpected muses instead …

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The Trouble with Snowmen – Read Chapter 1


The Trouble with Snowmen By Dorlana Vann Chapter 1 “I had him pegged as a snowman the moment I met him,” Regina said. “It was only a matter of time before he melted.” “What are you talking about?” Haley Monroe appreciated Regina, the owner of the four-apartment multiplex they lived in, for jumping out of …

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Jaclyn’s Ghost Chapter 1


Jaclyn’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann Ghosts, Mystery, & Fashion Can this diva solve her own murder, or will she be stuck in limbo forever? Chapter 1 Another One Bites the Dust   Jaclyn Jade felt a prickling sensation as if a trillion tiny needles penetrated her entire body just beneath the surface of her skin. …

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Short Story: Hell’s Kitchen (Happy Halloween)


  Hell’s Kitchen By Dorlana Vann Part I The Gravedigger I watched as a guy in a dark suit dug up Beatrice Beaumont Virgil, April 5, 1965 – August 19, 1998. Funeral flowers still fresh, dirt still moist, Until we meet again her epitaph. I stood in the shadows and dared to watch a moment longer before …

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