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God bless us, every one, Part III: Me on Paragraph Planet

My short “One Slice” is featured today on Paragraph Planet, a creative writing website that features 75-word pieces on one topic. “One Slice” is one of four pieces I submitted as a Christmas sequence, with each piece offering a different point of view. The sequence was inspired by one of many holiday dinners at headquarters, so now I can’t say nothing good never came out of a crappy meal at my desk.

Check out “One Slice” while you can. The pieces change daily. I’ll post an update when the last one appears.

REWIND: “One Toy” — published 12/29/10

One toy. Dad let me bring one from the tree. It’s really cool! Just what I wanted! It makes noises and lights up! I’ve been playing for hours! Dad says it won’t be much longer. Really. He’s eating the last of Christmas pie now, but it’ll be a bit until we go back to the apartment. He says it’s his job to watch over the important news people working tonight. But he says I’m more important.

“One Hour” — published 01/18/11

One hour. Another hour to go, and I can take the boy home. I don’t much like spending Christmas watching over the news folk, but it’s better than not having a job. At least they fed us all pretty well. That’s two meals I won’t have to buy. I couldn’t get the boy much, but he seems to like the gadgets well enough. He’s not as interested in the football. Maybe I can change that tomorrow.

UPDATE: “One Slice” — published 01/30/11

One slice. I must get this one slice upstairs without dumping the rest of my paper plate on the marble floors. I don’t care for pie, but if you want pie, you should get pie, especially on Christmas. They were out of pie when my desk mate went down, so now she’s stuck with jellied ham and cold green beans for dinner. She should at least get some pie. The security guard said it was good.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her clients'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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