The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #11 (June 6, 2021)


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This weekly magazine highlights a small selection of short stories posted to The Ink Well community that stood out and were awarded a Curie vote.

Important Note

We are showcasing authors who have contributed well-written and edited stories, have read and commented on the work of other authors and comply with all of the community rules posted on our home page. These activities help our community thrive!

The stories shared in this post represent some of the best creative writing posted to Hive. Please do check out the highlighted authors and show your support.

For those new to Hive, @curie is one of the major curation guilds that works diligently behind the scenes to ensure exceptional content is rewarded. The Ink Well is part of curie's community support program, allowing us to reward well-crafted stories with higher post payouts. @curie rewards all categories of high quality content on hive, so if you want to check out the best of the best, they're a good place to start. Visit their homepage here.

All liquid rewards from The Ink Well highlights magazine and the weekly fiction prompt are used for community operational expenses.

The following are some of our top curated stories from May 30 - June 5, 2021.

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Featured Author: @rakushasu
The Elevator


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With each passing second, the voice grew louder and I could soon make out shuffling movements at one of the office doors in the distance. A twisted shadow pushed itself outside and began moving in our direction. -@rakushasu

This story was riveting, @rakushasu. The whole story flows really well, from beginning to end, with the suspense building — first in a subtle way and then more and more pronounced, creating an excellent story arc. Well done! -@jayna

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Featured Author: @saronaspecial
Edna Grossbart Lives


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And along with that transplant, Edna had found herself in the strange position of wanting, desiring, lusting after bizarre and archaic traditions of the old world, of the old races. -@saronaspecial

Perhaps your title is a bit ironic? Does Edna Grossbart live, or is the composite Edna Grossbart someone else completely? You try your hand at science fiction,and you do so deftly. This is not merely an excursion into what might be at a future time, with advanced technology. This is an inquiry into the essence of an individual. -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @hlezama
The Rosary


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The Cross of Forgiveness was rarely visited by anyone, except by those praying for penitent souls, whose tombs had been lost, their bodies never buried, or their deaths had been too unholy to deserve resting on holy ground. -@hlezama

I love the story. This line really gets the reader's attention, and explains Nan's willingness to become involved in the affair of a dead woman: she felt like stabbing herself in the eyes. She could only imagine how much more dreadful it must feel not to be able to rest for eternity. The relationship between Louisa and Nan is wonderfully drawn. The scene where Nan gives the dead woman a simple headstone is perfect.

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Featured Author: @ubani
The Beast Unleashed


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The village is in chaos, as my family and I are on the run, people are being killed by the Karkian followers. It wasn't too long before they ambushed my hideout, I secretly gave my wife the weapon, so she ran with my children, as I faced the attackers. -@ubani1

This is a well-developed story. Character development is excellent. We understand the scene, the conflict, and motivation. Finally, the resolution is satisfying.

The story is engaging and is told in the voice of a myth-maker. -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
No Goodbyes


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This year, I swore never to be a listener anymore, but to be the storyteller. So I doubled my reading, upped my game, and aced all tests. And the University had no choice but to offer me admission. -@bruno-kema

Hi @bruno-kema! You manage to narrate a moment of transition in a detailed way and incorporate doubts and hopes into the story. Entering university is a delicate moment, a big change, which can mark a person's life forever. You manage to convey a wide range of emotions with your writing.

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Featured Author: @mrnightmare
First and Last Hug


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Bert knows that this is not the way to go in Kesha's house. He can't tell but he suddenly feels uneasy. He feels sorry for Kesha because Bert knows this way is going to the cemetery. He feels sad for her because he knows that only her mother is her family.

Well done, It seems likely from the beginning that he must be dead, but the story artfully takes us through his period of denial, and we go right along with him, even enjoying the benefits of not being visible when he gets to be as close as he wants to Kesha. That is the importance of rich details in a story — that the reader immerses in the tale and in the fictional reality of the main character. -@theinkwell

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Thank you for reading our weekly magazine!

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p.s. You can see the past magazines here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10

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