The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #10 (May 30, 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 23 - 29, 2021.

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Featured Author: @cliffagreen
The Great Wide Open


Image source: Pexels - edited in Canva

Nancy kept clicking her nails on the polished wood steering wheel. Outside on the hot asphalt the tires squelched along. A porcupine nibbled on some bark. -@cliffagreen

Thanks for joining us in The Ink Well, @cliffagreen! And you arrived with fanfare. This story is heartwrenching. Regardless of one's views on the decision these women are facing, it's painful to contemplate from any angle, and you've handled this unique viewpoint — the unborn child's — so artfully. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
The Gator and I


Image source: Matthew Essman on Unsplash

We were in search of a rare herb we needed for our school project. The Oleifera Sabdarifa was a reddish-brown scented flower whose nectar could cure almost all ailments known to man. Almost. And the herb was in only one place in the whole of Nigeria. On the shores of the Watery Lake. Here in Bayelsa. -@bruno-kema

Wonderful! The beauty of fiction is that the author runs the show. The only rules that bind the author are, be convincing and hold the reader's attention. You meet both those standards here.

You've jumped from a plane, run out of a burning building and escaped the jaws of an alligator. Bravo! -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @ubani1


Image source: Rafael Barquero on Unsplash

Her finger was still in search of the lamp button. "Damn this!" She shouted as she stretched her hands further and found the button. Then she turned on the lamp, the shadows scattered to the deepest corners of the room as illumination fell upon the object in the room. On the bedside table were a beautiful flower vase, a hair comb, and an alarm device. -@ubani1

This is a such a charming story, @ubani1. I found it interesting how you bring the most subtle conflict into the story — the concern over the husband (where is he?) and whether the mug is broken, and is that the sound of her son sleepwalking? But it's enough. Those concerns in the night create enough tension to carry the story and give it depth. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @katleya
Martin's Novel


Image source: Collage by the author

Mr. Anthony Filmore intervenes to remind them, as well as Mr. Gross, that this happened, precisely at the same time, many years ago, according to what he heard from his father. That they were static for 4 months, without fishing, and then the fish appeared again. They never knew the reason for their disappearance, until now when the phenomenon appeared again. -@katleya

You incorporate the prompt challenge well, and entertain readers at the same time. This story reads as a straight narrative and also has a tongue-in-cheek quality.

Do the three "special people" work magic, or is the town engaging in a bit of self-delusion? Either way, readers are amused. The young fellow falling off the chair helps to make the scene, and the people seem more real. A small detail like that grounds the action. -@theinkwell

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Thank you for reading our weekly magazine!

@jayna, @agmoore, and @gracielaacevedo

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

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