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The Totally Unbiased Faceoff You Didn’t Know You Needed

Like any good father, my dad instilled two loves in me from a small age: the love of Star Wars and the love of Lord of the Rings. Two of the world’s greatest franchises, and the basis for many nerdy discussions in my household. While much of my writing focuses on LoTR, I’ve often asked myself, “Which of these series is actually better?” So today, I am going to settle this debate, once and for all. …

A Short Story

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As I walk through the wetlands behind my parent’s cottage, I hear a voice whisper through the wind-blown willows.

I move through the trees, trying to pinpoint the source of the sound, but it’s always out of reach.

A slight feeling of dread washes over me, cautioning me to return to the safety of the house.

A stronger feeling of curiosity takes me further into the marsh, beyond the glow of the light.

Darkness swallows me as I follow the faint, eerie voice, my footsteps the only other noise.

My heart begins to beat in time with the melodic cadence…

Why I Can’t Publish Anything

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I joined Medium in August of this year. I started writing to make me feel a little better about this crap-hole of a year, 2020. I had some really great ideas back then. Articles about life, depression, video games, movies. Funny articles, serious articles, poems. They flowed from my fingers like water from a fire hydrant. I posted in big publications, I posted in small publications, I started my own publication. My writing felt complete. I felt complete.

The last time I felt a story was good enough to be published was the beginning of October. I have started more…

A Story of Love, Life and Loss

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October 9th, 2015. BEEP

Hey Stacey, this is Micah. I just wanted to give you a call and say I had a really great time on our date tonight. I know it was nothing special, just coffee, but it was really nice to get to know you a little better. I was also wondering if you’d like to go out again with me next Tuesday? There’s this really niche indie band playing down at the Delatore. I know you said you like music, so I thought maybe you’d want to check them out with me? If not, that’s cool, I…

Deliciously Fictitious Has A Newsletter!

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Deliciously Fictitious is one week old! Woohooooo! We may be small, but that isn’t going to stop us from writing and reading great fiction pieces. My dream for this publication is for it to be a place where fiction thrives on Medium. I love reading all that Medium has to offer, but I can only read so many “Do These Three Things to Make $1,000 Overnight” articles before I’m bored out of my mind. However, I never tire of reading fiction pieces, or of writing them, for that matter. So Deliciously Fictitious was born!


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Alina stood outside the small village north of London, watching the sun rise over the foothills. She hadn’t planned on living in this village long, but something about its quiet serenity kept her from moving on. Up until this village, she had had a system. Stay in one place for no more than five years, then move on, moving far enough away as to not draw suspicion or get recognized.

It had been this way for two hundred years. For reasons unknown to her, Alina had stopped aging on her twenty-first birthday. She watched as her family and friends grew…

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The waning moon rose higher and higher over Crenkshaw Hill. A lone wolf sauntered through the thick underbrush of the Vermont forest, yellow eyes gleaming in the light of the moon. The faint smell of civilization wafted past its nostrils, and she stopped to determine where it was coming from. The east. She turned in that direction and picked up speed until she was sprinting through the forest. On the outskirts of town, her body began to contort and convulse, and her once lupine form was replaced by human features. Long, razor sharp claws became well-trimmed, feminine fingers. Pointed nose…

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A foggy haze hovered over the lake on this chilly autumn evening, shrouding the water with a hint of mystery. The hair on the back of my neck bristles slightly as a creature howled in the distance. A coyote or a wolf singing his sad song to the full moon that was rising over the foothills of southern Wyoming. My senses are on high alert as the smell of blood surrounds me.

I take a long drag from the cigarette in my hand, letting the nicotine dull the throbbing in my head. The wind rustles the reeds in the water…

How to Submit Your Works of Fiction

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For years, I’ve dreamed of being a best-selling novelist. Little did I realize the hard work I would have to put in to get there. Then I found Medium, this wonderful think-tank of ideas and home to thousands of inspiring writers. However, I quickly noticed that, while there are countless publications available to publish my pieces on life-lessons, love and movie reviews, the number of places I could easily publish my works of fiction, and actually have them read, was few and far between.

I decided to do something about that, and Deliciously…

It Might Not Be Fun, But It’ll Be Worth It

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Today was an awful day. By far one of the worst I have had in several months. For context, I realized a piece of research data I have spent the majority of the summer collecting was set up incorrectly, rendering the data useless to my thesis. Furthermore, I plan on defending my Ph.D. in December and will not physically have enough time to rerun that data. So yeah…it’s a bad day.

And yet, before I crawl into bed, I am compelled to sit at my computer and write, as I have done many nights for the past several months. …

Tessa Andrews

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