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Almost $1000 Short of November Goal for HatBox

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It's almost the end of the month, we have bills coming due and people to pay and we are still short about $1000 on our monthly goal.

So if you can help, it will be appreciated. We have several ways to send us money in the right hand column (unless you have turned that off). :)

Hugs and thanks again,
Erin

The Roads Are Calling, or It's A Carnie Life: Part 2

I apologize for the extremely lengthy time between postings for this story. Life, as I mentioned in the prologue, can be an utter PITA. Some of that was due to the muse striking at various times with stories or chapters of stories, some due to the muse apparently being on strike or lost.

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We arrived at the site for the Lake County Fair perhaps an hour after we left the Williston area that Monday morning.

It Started On A Rainy Afternoon - Part 4 - Conclusion

Steve’s breaking up with me was an emotional disaster. Luckily I had my family. My Dad even let me cry on his shoulder while I was wearing this smashing looking dress. “My dear,” he said, “you have us, and believe me, this is not the end of the world, even if it seems that way to you. While I now know how wrong Steve’s parents are, it appears that he will not stand up to them like you did to me. Most important, we all love you.”

He handed me a tissue to wipe away my tears. “By the way, that’s a very pretty dress, and you don’t want to get tear stains on it,” he said with a smile.

Birthday Blues ~ Part 12

Gerry’s eighteenth birthday celebration starts out on a decidedly sour note. A chance encounter changes that—and the course of his life. This is the story of that encounter and its repercussions.

Part Twelve: The Rabbit, At Last!

Vanilla Sky

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Vanilla Sky

Part 1

by Bailey Summers

One of the only real femme things is my face…I’m a strawberry blonde so kind of baby faced and I keep my hair long…but the rest of me is…I’m five ten, one seventy almost and got too much size…too much shoulder from working as a contractors helper for my step dad.

I hate my body.

And not really looking like a girl gave people plenty of ammo at school to make my life hell. Pushed, shoved, kicked from behind…spit on. Getting yelled at and accosted by the preachy kids, prank calls, online torture…then the last straw was getting jumped by a crowd of kids…I was lucky some good Samaritan had showed up with a baseball bat. But the teachers didn’t do a thing with the stuff in school and the cops with the swarming attack…

Yeah well why wasn’t I pulled out of school?

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Not doing anything else, not caring about how her hair looks and I can feel the girls kind of wtf over that and some are a little turned on and don’t get why...okay one of my cousins definitely gets why and being tuned in now I can feel Cheyenne’s mind on the almost guy track of food.

I head out and see Shy talking with Mom and they’re into it and making some kind of sauce not sauce? It’s green and it’s got lots of olive oil and there’s vinegar and I’m thinking cilantro and garlic but they’re talking and taste testing together and Shy’s dipping pieces of baguette in it trying it out and adding things like lemon zest to it and some squeezes of juice then whipping it up again.

It’s good to see them talking and chilling out.

Little steps.

Alexa Chapter 31: It is Better to Give...

Tommy - The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl? - Chapter 08


Tommy
The Trials and Tribulations of a Girl?

A Novel By Teddie S.

Copyright © 2017 Teddie S.
All Rights Reserved.


Chapter 8

A first and a question.

We’d parked the station wagon, and walked separately to the student union. I was getting nervous. I had the feeling that if I talked to Al, that what I’d say wouldn’t come out right. But I’d promised Maria that I’d do this, so ...

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Part 13

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane – Part 13
By Barbara Lynn Terry

Chapter 1 – The extradition hearing is expedited.

Steve Hastings left the jail. He went out to his squad to resume his patrol.

“463 resuming patrol.”

“10-4, 463.”

TG Techie: Chapter 2: Waking Up

Waking Up

I woke up, opened my eyes, and closed them again because it hurt to keep them open. Not that tired-eyes-hurt, but just like they couldn’t focus. I took stock of my surroundings eyes shut.

The first thing I noticed was that my mouth tasted like shit. So bad it had pulled me awake.

Who the hell am I? Book 2 Chapter 3

Chapter 3

I hadn't really got my breath back, but I had managed to turn around and face the guy. I was standing on some grass that was bordering the path. 100 metres behind him there was a dog walker with one of those tiny almost toy dogs. He carried on jogging whilst giving me a top to toe look over, slowing down as he went past me.

Becoming Sarah Part 10

Chapter 10

How the sun shined through the window and onto the bright yellow plastic children play table made it pop out even more in Sally’s room. The only things in the room brighter than the table were the two little girls playing afternoon tea. How could they not be the brightest things in the room, those two had so much fun together.

Day's Christmas ~ Part 3

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December 2017 Christmas Dreams Story Contest Entry

A short interlude into Day’s evolving world.

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Day’s Christmas

By Shauna

Copyright© 2017 Shauna
All Rights Reserved.
 
Splash collage courtesy of Dawn Natelle
 
(all image originals sourced from Creative Commons)

Author’s Note:
 
Hi All,

I hope everyone is still enjoying the interlude!

This is the second-to-last chapter. I will post the last one some time next week. There is minimal discussion/reference to suicide as a continuation of last chapter--but it is minimal.

Happy Thanksgiving!

HUGS!
S

A Girl Park Christmas

 

A Girl Park Christmas
by Melanie Brown
Copyright  © 2017 Melanie Brown

An old man finds his dream at Girl Park.

 

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December 2017 Christmas Dreams Story Contest Entry

You don't need to have read Girl Park, but it helps -- Ed

 

Masks 3 - Template and Energia published on Kindle

A school for superheroes seemed like a good idea at the time. Template is on the faculty and her niece, Energia, is a student when they find out that not everyone agrees on the wonderfulness of education.

High level conspiracy? Alien technology? Is someone trying to kill off the superschool? And the supers with it?

It all started with someone launching a killer missile at Template's secret identity, Jenny’s aunt-er-uncle, Randy...

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Now on KIndle...

Jack and Jill by Trudy - 17 – Going on with Life


Jack and Jill, by Trudy
17 – Going on with Life



Melvin thought it was weird to be Jill for Halloween...
But his friend Trudy liked it and that made it okay...
A dare to act as a pregnant girl was credited to Mel,
Acting as that pregnant student is Melanie’s roll into February…

Shadowsblade: Summertime...Shadow on the heart

Interpol Heartburn –chp18


Interpol Heartburn

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After two years of heavy hard hitting make or break cases and a little arm twisting Maria as take her family to Sicily on vacation. Unknown to them or the OICA a deadly ghost from the past would rear its ugly bringing with it death and destruction.

by Snowfall and Jessie Wolf.

Jacinta, part 11

“God, I always feel so out of place every time I come here…” I moan as I step into the vast dance studio, surrounded by my friends.

“I really hope that’s NOT because you feel uncomfortable wearing THAT!” Lauren teases, making me giggle as I stare down at the short-sleeved black leotard and baby pink tights that are covering my body.

“Hell no!” I reply, making my friends giggle and cheer. “It’s just- you know? You girls are all so good at ballet, and I’m still just a beginner… Not to mention the fact that everyone here is, like, famous!”

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