Sunday, February 12, 2017

What Am I Up To?

I have several items in the works.  The problem is that I typically have trouble with shorter works.  I am always disappointed by authors that take shortcuts to basically outline a series of events without providing the detail and foundation to make the story actually feel like a real experience. 

I will try to post something in the near future.

As always real life interferes.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Principal or Principles (a Novel length story)

The Principal or Principles
By: Daring Diane
Students challenge Principal to adhere to the dress code.
What could possibly go wrong?
1.    Background
The members of the school board thanked Elizabeth Warren for her wonderful presentation and for sharing her views on the future for the Princess Ann Ladies Academy.  Elizabeth (Beth to her friends) was one of two finalists for the open position of Principal at Princess Ann.  This was the final interview and the board planned to make their decision tomorrow. 
Elizabeth highlighted her doctoral work and her quick rise to Principal at her present school.  While she had only been in her position for a little over 2 years, the standardized test scores had improved dramatically.  Teacher and student satisfaction were rated excellent across the board. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Crush: Panty Club

The Crush: Panty Club
By Daring Diane
Posted to Big Closet 2/5/2016
It was near the end of sophomore year in high school.  Terry sat down at the lunch table next to Marcy.  Soon, Lily and Susan joined them.  They chatted about classes and the latest gossip.  The boys from their class were envious.  They all wanted to spend time with Marcy, Lily and Susan.  Terry did not look that out of place at the table.  But, there seemed to be some disagreement lately. 
You see, Terry was a boy.  He had longer hair and unlike most of the boys, he took good care of his hair.  His mom required him to take good care of his hair or she would get his hair cut.  Terry was one of the brighter students in the class and he had been friends with the girls since they were in first or second grade.  They all lived within a block of each other and they had been playmates throughout the years. 
As school became more difficult, Terry was clearly one of the smarter kids in the class.  He and the girls started studying together.  The girls knew that Terry was helping their grades and they were all old friends.  And, as many girls pushed the boys away Marcy, Lilly and Susan discussed Terry.  They decided that Terry was their friend and they saw no reason to push him away.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Writing and Questions.
I have an odd writing style.
I have at least 5-10 story ideas in process.
I have real life.
Some of my in process stories are a mere 2-5 pages.
One is over 100 pages if printed on normal paper.

I have 2 other stories which may be done in the near future.

Accident At School

Accident at School
By Daring Diane
At 24, Michelle was taking on all kinds of new challenges.  She had just returned from her honeymoon and elopement with Fallon O’Leary.  Michelle and Fallon had dated for a short period of time and decided they were meant for each other.  Fallon was a lot older than Michelle at 45.  He had been divorced for over seven years.  Michelle had been looking for a husband and Fallon was exactly what she had been looking for.  He was successful, trusting and he was not some kid that was going to run around on her.  But he could surely take care of her in the way in which she wanted to become accustomed. 
Fallon traveled extensively for his job as a business consultant.  In fact, after getting back from the honeymoon yesterday afternoon, he had taken off this morning on a flight at 5 AM. 
This morning, Michelle was alone in the master bedroom of the O’Leary home. 
The first time Michelle met Mrs. Perkins, Fallon’s housekeeper, it was clear that she disapproved.  After running into Michelle in the living room, Mrs. Perkins introduced herself.  She asked if Michelle was one of Mary‘s friends.  Mary was Fallon’s 17 year old daughter. 
In a huff, she stated, “Of course not, I am Fallon’s fiancĂ©.”  Michelle’s indignant response reminded Mrs. Perkins of a child trying to convince everyone they were more important than they actually were. 
Michelle tried to assert herself and provide Mrs. Perkins direction on the one or two times they interacted.  Mrs. Perkins ignored her and pointed out that she worked for Mr. O’Leary and she knew what her job responsibilities were.  On one occasion, Mrs. Perkins declared, “When you grow up, your advice on how things should run may have value in our house.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Do Clothes (Un)Make the Woman?

Do Clothes (Un)Make the Woman?
By Daring Diane

Chapter 1
"Mom, why do you buy me all these little girl clothes.  I'm in high school.  I need to dress like a woman."
"Young lady, you are indeed in high school.  And someday you will learn that the clothes do not make the woman.  People will love you and understand you based on your character and who you are.   The clothes are just decorations.  I am not suggesting that clothes are not important.  Obviously, for work and important events, we need to dress appropriately.  But, you should work to be a good person."
"Mom, when I wear the clothes you buy for me, everyone thinks I'm a little kid."
"Then I suggest you begin to act more mature.  Then these people will realize you are older and they will treat you that way.  Honey, this is an important lesson.  Baby, you are a sophomore in high school and you are an inch taller than I am.  People don't think I'm a kid.  It is not your size and it is not the clothes.  It is how you deal with people."
"Mom I can't believe you are that naive."
"I am not naive.  I have real life experience and I know how the world works."
"Mom you are just being silly.  The clothes are what people see.  It is how they make all their initial impressions and with kids, they seldom ever give us a chance to show them how old we actually are."
"When you are older, you will realize I am right.  I am absolutely correct and you can bank on it.  Honey, you have to understand that there are things I know that you do not and this is one of those things."
Her daughter looked at her mother and appraised her.  "You seem pretty convinced.  Are you sure enough for us to have one of our bets?"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dot Com Success, Career Restart

Dot Com Success, Career Restart

By Daring Diane

Chapter 1

The woman stared at her and sarcastically stated, “Well Jennifer, I guess you finally found time to fit us into your schedule.”
Jennifer just stared at the woman.  Finally, she said, “Well, the reason I came in was because I didn’t get my unemployment deposit.  When I called, they said I had to come in.
After a pause, Mrs. Sarcastic continued, “Yes, we can be a little annoying.  I know what an inconvenience it can be to have to come over here and discuss your situation.  I mean being out of work, I’m sure you are keeping a busy schedule.  Have you had a lot of interviews lately?”
Jennifer paused and then admitted, “Not really.  I haven’t gotten a good lead in over a week.  But, I keep sending out the resumes and working the network.”
“That’s great.  Now Jennifer, as you know, when you file your periodic paperwork to maintain your unemployment benefits, you are asked to document your job contacts and resume submissions.”
“Yes, I have tried to do that.”
“And with each of those submissions, you file a statement indicating that you are capable to work and available to work.”
“Yes, I know” Jennifer answered.
“And finally, you are asked if you have received any offers of employment.”
“Right, and I say no and then I am finished.”
“Rrrightt,” Mrs. Sarcastic said staring at Jennifer.  “So just to clarify, you have not received any job offers?”
“No, I have not.”
“Ok Jennifer, can you please sign this form confirming that you have not gotten any job offers?”