AnXieTY #99Word Stories

tHE groCERy StOre ClerK ScoWled tHE Woman HONKeD NO ONE caMe to BooK gROUp but ThEY SAID they DidN’t hAte Me I boUGht tHe pineaPple laMP he SAid hE LIKed TheN he PrOmIseD hE lOveD me AS he FLiRTed So i GuESS it’S tRUe BuT wHAt is tRue i ASkeD mY cOUNselOR wHO says THIS IS ALL NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS buT am I ReAlLy NegAtIve OR arE You ALL DElusiOnaL gUess i’ll GO To bEd sInce It’S 3 a.m. AgaIn


What a lovely, new day. Hello Clerk, Woman, Neighbors, Pineapple lamp, Honey, Counselor. What shall we tackle today?

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You open the door to mental health and you get strange things, Charli. If the rest of you want to join in, click here. The prompt is:

February 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes anxiety. Who has anxiety or what is the source? Is there conflict? How can you use anxiety to further a story? Go where the prompt leads!

27 thoughts on “AnXieTY #99Word Stories

  1. willowdot21 February 9, 2022 / 1:17 am

    A brave subject to tackle Chel, seeing fear in the everyday. 💜

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  2. Nope, Not Pam February 9, 2022 / 2:47 am

    That’s great Chelsea, you’ve really captured the emotion and the text really amplifies it

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    • Chel Owens February 9, 2022 / 7:46 am

      Thank you. I’m sure I could polish it more, so maybe that’s a goal for next time!

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    • Chel Owens February 9, 2022 / 7:46 am

      Oooh… skin itching on top of that would be an accurate addition…

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  3. petespringerauthor February 9, 2022 / 10:09 am

    Haha! Your essay brought back memories of navigating student-generated pieceswithd no punctuation until the final period at the bottom of the page. 🤣

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    • Chel Owens February 9, 2022 / 12:42 pm

      Oh, man. I’m about ready to strangle my kids when I read their essays.

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  4. Jim Borden February 9, 2022 / 1:11 pm

    sounds like a good night’s sleep helped a bit…

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  5. Norah February 14, 2022 / 5:13 am

    The middle of the night is not a good time to be awake when you should be asleep. It’s good when/if things look better in the morning.

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  6. Charli Mills February 15, 2022 / 1:50 pm

    This isn’t strange, it’s brilliant! I love how you pushed into using discordance with typography to set up the contrasting dynamics of a brain needing a reset, sleep and a freshened mind. Well done, Chel, and daring!

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    • Chel Owens February 15, 2022 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks…. 😀 I haven’t the time to polish it but think I could have delivered better.


  7. Liz H February 16, 2022 / 10:20 am

    Brilliant use of the type itself to invoke feeling off-balance!

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro February 16, 2022 / 10:26 am

    Chel, this was a brilliant and creative piece that conveyed emotions! The typography is brilliant! ❤

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    • Chel Owens February 16, 2022 / 11:30 am

      Aw, shucks. Now I’m embarrassed. Thank you, Colleen.

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      • Colleen M. Chesebro February 16, 2022 / 12:08 pm

        Well deserved, Chel. Blush away! 😀 I thought the typography was a brilliant choice. What a great way to convey feelings. ❤

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  9. D. Avery @shiftnshake February 16, 2022 / 12:21 pm

    Yep, what they all said. Brilliant presentation, and really shows (shows) the difference sleep makes.
    Sleep is the best medicine. (sorry Laughter)

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