The Man with the Trolley

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      By Claire Wilson   [Fiction, Based on a True Story]           Sometimes I can’t decide what’s worse; the people who are obviously laughing at me or the ones that pretend I don’t exist. The subsequent wrenching humiliation is the reason that I normally do all my shopping online. I make sure that my mum’s going to be at home when it’s due to be delivered so that she is available to answer the door.     She couldn’t afford the internet bill last month and now our service has been cut off.     I’ve ran out of my favorite things, the things that I can’t function without. So I ...

November 5, 2015

Results for 2015 MicroStory Contests

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        Watch Me Bounce and its editorial team extends its sincere appreciation to all of the authors who submitted entries to the 2015 MicroStory Contest.     In total, the First, Second, and Third place winners each receive featured publication of their works on Watch Me Bounce as well as $100 in total cash prizes.     For our first-ever "MicroStory" contest, our editorial team selected the following entries as winners:     First Place: "Spoken Word Virgin" by Claire Wilson   Second Place: "Just Breathe" by Brandon-Marie Bigard   Third Place: "The Lights Turned Green" by Shilpita Mathews                   Congratulations to the winners of First Place, Second Place, and Third Place. Click the links below to read the winning entrees. ...

September 17, 2015

Second Place: “Just Breathe”

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      By Brandon-Marie Bigard   [Fiction, Based on a True Story]           Stare into the mirror, hearing words slice like knives. Know you aren’t accepted, aren’t wanted; That this cruelty is normal in middle school.     Now breathe.     Listen and write, talk and sing. Push through the words, through the pain. Push through the fact this is the second time you came so close to ending your life.     Listen. And sing.     You’ll get over this. Just like when you were left in only a shirt after violation. Just like when your mother claimed she was tired of caring about your feelings. Just like when a friend back-stabbed you. You’ll get over this, and come from the ...

September 17, 2015

First Place: “Spoken Word Virgin”

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      By Claire Wilson   [Fiction, Based on a True Story]           My palms were damp as approached the podium. I couldn’t stop my knees from knocking together.     My sweaty hands made the ink run on the paper I clutched so hard it was at risk of tearing. I looked out at the audience and tried to ignore the snide looks I got. With my dyed hair and tattoos, I didn’t fit in with these people.     I opened my mouth to speak but only a squeak emerged.     I cleared my throat and tried again, raising my voice slightly to be heard at the back of the room.     The more words I uttered, the more ...

September 6, 2015

Third Place: “The Lights Turned Green”

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      By Shilpita Mathews   [Fiction, Based on a True Story]           The lights turned red. Sukanya, one of many vendors, arranged the garlands on her basket and ran.     Nita sighed and started reading a magazine. She was going to meet her soon-to-be husband. She had never spoken to him before. Her marriage was merely another one of father’s business deals. Nita had begged father to change his mind. But now, her future was being washed down in tears.     Sukanya’s future was decided when she was born; destined to sell garlands around this traffic signal. And soon she will marry Ramu, whose father ran the racket around the signal. He promised that if she complied, ...

September 6, 2015

Review of Blade of the Destroyer

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    Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin     Reviewed by Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief             Can an assassin inspire people to lead meaningful lives? To get back up when they have fallen down?     There are many types of people who can inspire resilience and hope. They include first responders and human rights workers, soldiers and therapists, physicians and nurses, scientists and religious leaders. They can be entrepreneurs, they can be teachers. Which is why if an author wishes to create a character that inspires these traits, it is easy to see why they might choose one that works in one of the professions listed above.     But in Blade of the Destroyer, author Andy Peloquin does something more ...

August 21, 2015

The Sweetness of a Long Bath

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        The Sweetness of a Long Bath   By Charles Clifford Brooks III       Let me admit upfront that our imbalance is a byproduct of my bent cerebellum left too long to itself.   So, I stayed awake all day and had our inhibitions darned like an old sweater. The good sheets and I (and you) are now spotless.   Maybe you’ll cook Thai tonight. Later we’ll rest well, ready to take any new strife in stride tomorrow.   This evening, I will clean the countertops, then draw your bath, and these hands will heal your sore muscles. When the lights wink out, we can pray for whatever you want.   The world stays starched and fresh because of our equal faith in spirit and flesh.            

February 22, 2015

Results for the Watch Me Bounce “Meme” Contest

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      The Watch Me Bounce editorial staff thanks and appreciates the work of every author who submitted an entry to our first-ever "Resilience" Meme Contest. Unfortunately, we were only able to choose three winning memes, all of who will receive featured publication here on Watch Me Bounce. In addition, the cash award of $20.00 is given to the first place entrant. Entries were judged on multiple factors, included their relevance and ability to inspire resilience against adversity, correct or incorrect grammar, and their overall creativity. Below, please find the winning Memes. Congratulations to the winners!         First Place: First Place Meme: "Life Waves" by Cathy Bryant   Second Place: Second Place Meme: "The ...

December 24, 2014

Third Place Meme: “Live in the Colors of Your Dreams” by Karin Filzen

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[caption id="attachment_3132" align="aligncenter" width="833"] Live in the Colors of Your Dreams[/caption]

December 24, 2014