Arsenic and Glue Sticks #FridayFictioneers

Bless me Fictioneeers, it’s been two months since my last flash fiction. *sigh* I have been in Internet hell. I’ve had more trouble getting Internet in rural California than I did in rural Mexico. Huh?

Other excuses worth mentioning:
I’m basically an angst driven writer and I’m too chillaxed living at the lake house. It’s too nice outside to write inside. There are no interesting drug cartel stories around to fuel my “CIA agent meets a girl and a tequila bottle” novel, WIP.

I actually have no real excuse not to write so I’ve been designing a new food blog and cookbook proposal at (shameless promotion).

Anyway here’s my dark tale of writing turned warfare. My husband thinks the tale is too dark but he hasn’t met any of you writers who have struggled with getting published. Crazy happens.

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Arsenic and Glue Sticks

by T. Delaplain

The thought was crazy of course, just more fiction spinning and frothing in her head. Her desk, once a sanctuary, was now a battle field of staple shrapnel, exploded paper wads and broken dreams. The last bomb lay amongst the ruins.

“We regret to inform you….”
Determined to plant her flag, she devised the final skirmish. No prisoners. She assembled the revised manuscript, slid it gingerly into the envelope and sealed it with the glue stick.
“Dear editor, I regret, nothing.”


41 thoughts on “Arsenic and Glue Sticks #FridayFictioneers

  1. That last line is terrific!

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  2. Good for her on not giving up!
    The struggle is so very real. One I hope to have one day 😉

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  3. I do not think i could face sending in a manuscript… and even less to be an editor…

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  4. Will they need the bomb squad?

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  5. Boy! Did you catch the feelings of an author perfectly. And the title alone made me smile. (P.S. I love your food blog – anyone reading this comment should follow )

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  6. What I hate is the form letter rejections. I suppose they print them up by the thousands and their secretaries jiggle from maniacal chuckles as they stuff them into your pre-paid, self-addressed envelop. Try this approach with your next submission letter.

    Dear Loser,
    I regret to inform you that your company will not be publishing my novel. I hereby reject you. You will not granted access to view the manuscript let alone read it. That privilege is reserved for those with the foresight and common sense to recognize talent when they see it.
    Please do not continue to whine and beg for another chance. It only serves to make you appear more pitiful than you already are (if that’s possible).

    Best wishes on your next 10 books selling up to 5 copies each,
    T. Delaplain, Author

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  7. michael1148humphris

    I guess many budding authors have swept the desk clear, then cooked a great meal. You cooked a great story

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  8. Dear Tracey,

    Your husband obviously doesn’t realize what a dark bunch we can be, does he?
    I love last line. Really dark would’ve been if she’d sent a bomb along with the manuscript. Or did I miss something? Oh those rejections can sting.



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  9. as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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  10. julie mortimer

    wicked wonderful, Tracey!

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  11. I absolutely love the determination in this Tracey.

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  12. This was very well written. I adored the last line. Brilliant.

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  13. Hahahaha! Quite inspirational, Doc. I think it helps us all by saying, “We’ll get ’em next time!” And we usually do. It makes us all work harder, really.

    I laughed at your husband’s comment about us. I write a variety of things so I don’t get stuck in a rut — comedy, tragedy, suspense, romance, etc. No dark there (as far as I know). He can come read my stuff if he likes — I’m only HALF-crazy (though, Cousin Shelley, a.k.a.the Queen, would disagree — but she KNOWS me). 😀

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  14. There’s a splendour to that last line. Love it.

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  15. The last line is pure GOLD! I am going to use it for everything, especially ex-BFs 😀 Loved the warfare theme too!

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  16. One of the solutions could be an open review as some of the scientific journals are practicing. Love your take here.

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  17. You’re back with a vengeance. Such fun, and no regrets, that’s the spirit.

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  18. Ahhh … to be bold and say our truth. Loved the way you took the prompt. An insight all writers have but never talk about for fear of being outed. I enjoyed your food blog too. No same in letting us know. How would we find you ???
    Isadora 😎


  19. That last line is gold. Loved it!

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  20. In India, they don’t sell envelopes with glue on them because the moisture of monsoon makes them all stick shut. We all have to use glue sticks. I don’t want to find out what it would take to mail a manuscript from India to the U.S. or England. With the insecurity of the mail, it might not even reach its destination. Good writing, Tracey. 🙂 — Suzanne

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