Story #17 in CLASSICS now!

From the introduction to our latest Classic: “Okay, so my quest to get caught up on Classics continues.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  But I guess I could have said it at least that well, since I’m the one who wrote that in the first place.  It’s all getting a little confusing, date-wise, but I’m keeping track of it, believe it or not.  As of today, I owe my hypothetical readership two (2) original stories and two (2) more Classics.  They’re on their way, I swear (linguistic nerds, take note of my proper differentiation of homonyms, there, please).

Anyway, for now, here is Story of the Week Club Classic #17, For the Love of Roccoco (spelling nerds, please note that, while two (2) “c”s in the word “rococo” is uncommon, it is actually acceptable, so thair).


the SotWC

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Announcements


Story #16 is here!!!

Welcome back to the Failure of the Week Club!  I mean, Story!  Story of the Week!  Heh.  Of, course.  Story.  Of the Week.  You know.  The Week.  Weekly stories.  I remember what that was like.

So, anyway, Story #16 is up in the Classics dept.  Here’s a link to it, just to make life easier.  Of course, I should be published through Story #18 by now, but that will happen in due time.  I’ve learned not to make promises about when, because it turns out it’s much harder to break your word when you haven’t given it.  So, hopefully soon I will get caught up on June and July’s Classics, as well as finally getting around to writing a new story for June.  But no promises about when.

Hey look!  Something shiny!

See you soon,

the SotWC

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Announcements


Story #15, only 5 days late!

Yes, all God’s children, Story #15 is FINALLY up and ready to be read, marveled at, and enjoyed.  Is this an exciting day or what?  🙂


the SotWC

P.S. the red text is the link to the story, in case ya didn’t know…

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Announcements


Story #14 (kind of . . . I mean, if you can call it that)

Hooray, Story #14 is up!  And totally worth waiting for!  Do I seem like I am compensating for something?  Hush, now, and go read the story.


the SotWC

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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Announcements


Story #13 is here!

Yep, Story #13 is up in the CLASSICS section, ready to be enjoyed by all good people, far and near.  The bad people can read it, too, though.  They might like it, I wouldn’t know.

See you soon,

the SotWC

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Announcements


The Unfortunate Beginnings of Trebil Spoonbutter (Story #101)

Well, well, well, well, well.  Here we are to rock and roll a new story.  A bit behind schedule, what’s new.  It’s a very busy time here at the club with play rehearsals reaching their peak just before we open (in less than 2 weeks!), so finding time to write a story has been . . . challenging.  I am currently writing at work in fits and starts, watching the door hoping no one comes in and sees this.  Nothing like a little paranoia to drive the creative muse.

Speak to me, Muse.  Speak to me.

Okay, the Muse has spoken.  Unfortunately, she spoke in Mandarin Chinese, so I have no idea what she said.  Crazy Muse.  Oh well.  Guess I’ll just have to wing it, then.


Once upon a time, long ago and very far away from wherever you happen to be at this moment, there was a young girl named Special Pooterpie.  Now, little Special lived in a cottage with her parents, Biff and Rosemandible Pooterpie. Special did the cooking and cleaning and laundry and somehow still found time to write a one-act play every single night to perform for her lazy, lazy parents, who she loved dearly despite their reluctance to do anything at all.

One evening, Special sat down to write a play and found that she could not think of a single thing to write about.  This was quite a new situation for her (remember, this was a very long time ago, and writer’s block hadn’t even been invented yet.  Special was actually an early pioneer in the field of writer’s block, but she often gets overlooked because it never really received public attention until Edgar Rice Burroughs’ lesser known brother, Buford, patented it in a failed attempt to explain why he never wrote anything as good as his brother), and she became frightened that perhaps her brain had ceased to function.  Taking quick stock of the fact that she was, in fact, still alive (and she was pretty sure she wouldn’t be if her brain stopped working entirely, she was a smart one, that Special), she decided her brain must still be functioning on some level, and she set out to kick-start the creative muse.

Thinking quickly, she slipped out the back door of the cottage (while her parents were distracted doing nothing at all) and ran twelve and a half miles to the nearest cottage, where her good friend, Trebil Spoonbutter, lived with his parents, Molly and Breckinridge.  Trying to be surreptitious, she threw a stone at his window to get his attention.  Sadly, glass hadn’t actually been invented yet, either, and she wound up hitting poor Trebil right smack on the head and knocking him unconscious.  She thought about running away but then she remembered it was twelve and a half miles back to her own house and she decided to sit down and cry instead.  Fortunately, Trebil woke up pretty quick (it hadn’t been such a big stone, after all, and he’d mostly gone unconscious from shock rather than impact) and saw her crying outside his window.

“Hey!” he said.  “Why are you crying outside my window, friend Special?”

She looked up in surprise.  “Whoa, I thought you were dead,” she said.

“Nah, I just passed out or something,” he said.  “I think someone hit me on the head.  Did you see anyone throw something through my window?”

Special looked at him for a long moment before saying, “nope.  Sorry.”

“No big,” Trebil said.  “So, what are you doing here, anyway?”

“Oh, yeah,” she said, “well, you know how I write a one-act play to perform for my parents every night?”

“Yeah,” he said, “you’ve told me about that, but I’ve never seen one or anything.”  He was trying to make her feel bad for never inviting him to a play, but guilt hadn’t been invented yet, so she didn’t notice.

“Well, today when I sat down to write tonight’s play, I couldn’t think of anything to write,” she said.

“I don’t understand,” he said.

“Nothing came to mind,” she explained.

“What does that mean?” he asked.

“I’ve got some kind of block,” she said, “ and I can’t write.”

“Hm,” he said, “what would you call that?”

“I don’t know,” she replied, “it’s some kind of writer’s . . . wall.  Yes, I’ve got Writer’s Wall.”

“Gee, that sounds tough,” said Trebil.

“You have no idea,” Special said.  “I’ve never had to wait for the creative muse to strike before.  It’s like she’s speaking Mandarin Chinese or something.”

“What’s that?” asked Trebil.

“I don’t know,” said Special.  “I think I just made it up.”  (You’re probably thinking that Mandarin Chinese hadn’t been invented yet, but it totally had – a man named Bill Potrzebie in Port Au Prince, Haiti had invented it two years earlier but he was still trying to raise the money for a plane ticket to China to tell them about it.  His efforts actually became very first Kickstarter account and it made the news and everything.  Trebil and Special had just never heard of it because they were such country bumpkins.)

After a moment’s thought, Trebil said, “well, why don’t you write a play about me?”

“About you?” she said.  “What’s there to write about you?”

“Plenty,” he replied.  “There’s the time I went down to the crick and found a dying yak who I named Spotty Pepper and nursed him back to health and then he saved the whole family when our cottage caught on fire because dad was experimenting with alternating current electricity.  Then dear old Spotty Pepper went back into the house to get ma’s china pig collection and the house collapsed on him, so I built a monument to his honor in the forest, and yaks from far and near showed up at the dedication ceremony.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the forest.”

“No,” said Special.  “I need something good.”

“Well,” said Trebil, “there was the time I went down to the crick and found a dead squirrel.”

“Yeah,” said Special, “like that!  But who would play you?  I’m a girl and you’re a boy.”

“I could play me,” Trebil said softly.

Special looked up, a light burning in her eyes.  She smiled at Trebil as if seeing him for the first time.  She stood up and ran to his window.  She grabbed his hands and squeezed them.  “I’ve only just thought of it,” she said.  “I can pull my hair back and wear a cap.  That way I can play a boy!”

With that she turned and ran twelve and a half miles back to her own house and immediately wrote a play called “The Unfortunate Beginnings of Trebil Spoonbutter,” in which a dying squirrel is transformed into a little boy at the banks of a magical river and has to find a family to take care of him before his heart explodes from all the magic that is in him (obviously creative license had been invented even way back then).

Special performed the whole play herself, and her parents liked it so much that they invited some people over to watch the following night.  The character of Trebil Spoonbutter was so popular that everyone demanded that she write and perform more plays about him.  In the end, she wrote over a hundred plays starring the character, some of the best being “Trebil Spoonbutter and the Tadpole Witch,” “The bewildering Middle of Trebil Spoonbutter,” “The Trying Times and Cruel Intimations of Trebil Spoonbutter,” and, of course, “Trebil Spoonbutter’s Magnificent End.”

The series was wildly popular, and probably would have made the real Trebil Spoonbutter extremely happy and famous and wealthy if only Special had ever thought to invite him to a performance.  Unfortunately, thoughtfulness wasn’t invented until two years after all of this happened.


Well, that’s what I did at work today.  What did you do?

Love and skiddlypoops,

The SotWC

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Story #12! (or Story 10.3)

Late again, I know.  But, trust me, dear readers, it’s been a long week.  I’ve been thinking of you all every day, though.  You know, at least a little bit.

So, here’s the final installment of the “Jim and Jym” saga for your tremendous enjoyment.  Tremendous, I tell you.


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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Announcements


Story #11 (or Story #10.2)

Well, we’re late again, but here’s the second installment of the Jim and Jym mini-series.  Huzzah!

Sorry.  That’s it.  I mean, it’s pretty late and we’ve got work in the morning.

Peace, y’all,

the SotWC

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Announcements


Story #10, and a Whole New Season!

Hey, kids!  Look at us, actually publishing on time (once again with the “I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it’s still Thursday to me” caveat) for the second time this month!

So, welcome back from summer break!  What’s that you say?  It’s not summer?  Well, it was back in 1994 when this week’s Classic was published.  Which brings us to Classic Story #10 the very week after we published Story #100 in the present chronology.  I’m sure that must mean something, cosmically speaking.  But I leave that to the egg-heads among you.  I got nothin’.

Anyway, go on and check out Story #10, Jim and Jym and the Treasure of the Big Mountain!

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Announcements


Texas Timmy and the Quid Pro Quo (Story #100!)

Whoa!  Check us out!  It’s the 100th Story of the Week!  This means something.  Oh, well, moving on.

I have recently developed a love affair with a company called Peace Tea.  For those of you who know me at all, this may seem a little hippie for me, but the fact is that I love iced tea, and these guys know how to do it.  It is almost exactly the same as Arizona Iced Tea, pretty much the only difference being that, while Arizona Teas use HFCS, Peace Teas are made with real sugar.  Boo yah.  Why am I shilling for Peace Tea on my story blog?  I wish I could say I’m getting an endorsement, but no.  I simply bring it up to let you all know that the convenience store across the street from my work just started carrying a new Peace Tea this week, the “Texas Style Sweet Tea,” and I’m so excited about it that I’m going to write a story about Texas.

If you think that introduction is disproportionately large when compared to the reasoning, just remember that everything is larger in Texas.


"I Don't Like Your Face!" art by Eric Jansen

Way down south where it’s hot and sticky

And tumbleweeds tumble the land

There lived a man who was mean and tricky

Who lived by the strength of his hand.

Texas Timmy they called this pest

For Timmy, indeed, was his name.

He lived in Texas, you may have guessed,

But Texas is not to blame

For the way that Timmy wound up, you see,

And that is the tale that I’ll tell.

You may not remember you heard it from me

But it’s probably just as well.

Now, Tim was like a train wreck

And every Friday night

He’d drink away his paycheck

And try to start a fight.

But, once upon a humid eve

As Timmy tied one on,

A stranger drank, then tried to leave

And just before he’d gone

He found a man was in his way,

A wall named Texas Tim

Who tried to make the stranger stay

But found the joke on him.

“I don’t like your face!” Tim cried,

Which made the stranger laugh.

And after a moment he calmly replied,

“You should see my other half.”

Of course ol’ Tim, he got confused

And then ol’ Tim got mean.

He’d never been easily amused,

And his intellect wasn’t too keen.

“I don’t know what you mean by that,”

Said Tim, “but you should know

I’m presently planning on pounding you flat.”

The stranger said, “quid pro quo.”

Tim got angry and shook his head.

“Stop using that fancy talk!

I’ll beat you within an inch of dead!”

The stranger said, “walk the walk.”

Tim screamed, “come on! Let’s go outside!

I’ll deal with your wise-crackin’ ways!”

The stranger said, “if it’s a matter of pride,

I’ll go anywhere he says.”

So out they went into the street

And everybody followed.

Tim saw just a man to beat,

Not pride there to be swallowed.

“Before I pound you just for sport,”

Tim said to make a scene,

“You seem a mouthy, egg-head sort.

What’s all that hogwash mean?”

The stranger sadly stared at Tim,

Then sadly shook his head.

No one knew what to make of him,

But this is what he said.

“When I say to ‘walk the walk,’

It means to follow through it.

You’re loud and brash with talking talk,

But don’t just say it; do it.

‘Quid pro quo’ is easier yet

And I’ll explain quite neatly.

It means I give as good as I get,

So careful how you treat me.”

Well, Tim had had enough by now

So he swung his mighty fist.

But the stranger ducked the blow somehow

And Texas Timmy missed.

The stranger then returned the swing

And rattled Timmy’s teeth.

A punch as hard as anything

Hit Tim’s jaw from beneath.

Well, Tim, he fell.  And Tim, he bled.

The stranger stood and waited

While Timmy sat and held his head

And acted addlepated.

After a moment, the stranger knelt down

And just before he went,

He said, “before I leave your town,

I’ll tell you what I meant

When I said you should see my other half.”

Then he whispered in Texas Tim’s ear,

“The story might not make you laugh,

But it’s one that I think you should hear.

I came to Texas in order to find

Someone to take home to my mother.

Someone that she’d once left behind;

My long lost baby brother.

She said his name was Timothy.

She said he’d grown up mean.

She said that she was trusting me

To tell her what I’d seen.

That’s why I came, and who I found

And now before I go

And leave you bleeding on the ground

There’s something you should know.

We could have been a family.

We could have had a ball.

But I’ll give you what you gave me,

And that’s no chance at all.”

And, just like that, the stranger left

Without a backward glance

And left ol’ Texas Tim bereft

Of any second chance.

So now if you see Tim drinking here

And ask him, “what do you know?”

He’ll buy you a drink and he’ll shed a tear

And he’ll just say “quid pro quo.”


Why that turned into a poem, I’m really not sure, except that when I came up with the first line, it sounded awful poetic and the rest just sort of followed suit.  Hope you enjoyed it!  It WAS the 100th Story of the Week, after all.  🙂

See you soon,

the SotWC


Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Poetry