Complete Disclosure – Friday Fictioneers

Fish stink pervaded our walk on the pier. After our ice cream cones, we aired our secrets.

Katie had shared juicy morsels; first kiss, first lay, first fire, even though she told everyone she quit. My news dimmed in comparison, worthy of my mother’s Sunday knit club.

Today her expression was of such anguish, I feared she’d murdered someone.

“Is it true you are the ‘Mandi’s Secrets of the Pier’ blog?” she said.

I froze. I had been discreet, changed names.

“It’s a popular blog,” I cried.

“Remove it!”

My dream of a bestseller dissolved, carried away by sea salts.

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Genre: Fiction/Humor (100 words)

Photo copyright: The Reclining Gentleman

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A special thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who has reached a new milestone with Friday Fictioneers, marking her second anniversary as our fearless leader. Thank you, truly. I am so grateful for her time and energy. Thank you to TRG for this week’s photo.

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56 thoughts on “Complete Disclosure – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Amy, Good story and I don’t doubt it happens. A blog wouldn’t be the best place to print other’s secrets, especially if they read your blog all the time. If you want to write something you have to wait for some time, really disguise it, and mix up the facts or don’t write about it at all. Apparently Mandi made it too true to life and people recognized it. Although Katie’s secrets are probably better known than she realizes. She might have just began to realize that fact. Well written. 🙂 — Susan

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    1. That’s a good point, Susan. Maybe Katie’s stories are the best gossip in town. I hope this doesn’t happen in true life, but it probably does, somewhere! This is why I prefer fiction. You can make up whatever stuff you like. Thanks, Susan! 🙂

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    1. No more trips to the pier with her! Man, she’s going to miss that. Aww, you’re sweet! Thanks, Rochelle! Congrats again on your anniversary. You do so much for us. Thanks again for all your hard work. 🙂

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  2. ‘It’s a popular blog’ – what a defence? I think your narrator needs to borrow more carefully in future, but one doesn’t have to borrow to write – maybe his/ her imagination will start to work now and create that bestseller. Loved the opening stink fish – so evocative in a real-life unpleasant way.

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    1. I know, right? If it’s popular, then what else could possibly be more important anyway? Maybe she could learn to write with her imagination. Maybe there’s hope for her future, but probably not for her friendship. Piers always have that fish stink, that’s how I always experience them. I agree it’s unpleasant, but then there’s something comforting about it, just knowing it’s there. Thanks, Sarah!

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    1. I agree, Anka. You can never quite be you, right? Always trying to be the person you say you are, but you’re not really that person. Oh, I would be too confused. I’m sure I would blow my cover big time! She was never going to last.

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      1. Anonymity is subject I’ve often wanted to explore. I don’t think it would work for me personally, or my blog. I love putting faces to a name.
        How’s homeschooling going?

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      2. I think it would be interesting to try, but ultimately, I don’t think anonymity would work for me either. Homeschooling is a challenge, Anka! So far, so good.

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  3. Yeah, it’s probably best to ask your friend if you can use them as a subject, rather than risk losing them from the betrayal of finding out later.

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      1. The betrayal of trust was a big one, but I learned a lesson–be careful what you tell a blogger! It’s been a while, so I’m well over it. But it’s not something I’ll ever forget, and it’s shaped my own approach to writing. Anonymity only goes so far.

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      2. I’m so sad to hear that. Those bloggers can’t be trusted. It’s such a cheap and selfish thing to do to someone. I hope this person saw the error in his/her ways. I wonder how it shaped your approach to your own writing. I’m just curious.

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      3. It was an asshole move, though I don’t think it was intended to be such. My temper took over and I shot off a nasty email. He did end up taking it down, but the damage was done. He also wrote an apology, but it was total crap and a lie.
        As far as my own approach to writing since, I talk to people if they are going to be my subject. I try to be as thoroughly descrete as possible and not only change names, but leave out identifying info like hair style, eye color, body descriptions etc. It’s not a perfect solution, but I find that communicating and letting the person read in advance helps avoid hurt feelings. That said, I really don’t write about real people all that often.

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  4. I must confess–I chuckled (feel free to write about that if you wish) 🙂 Unfortunately, those kinds of things happen and writers are always looking for something to work into a story or blog. That’s the nice thing about humor, no one takes what you write seriously.

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    1. I will be working you into my next post. 🙂 Definitely! That said, humor isn’t that easy to pull off either. So, if people are really laughing, then you, as a writer, you know what you’re doing! Like you, Russell. You always make me laugh.

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    1. Oh, I don’t know! Maybe it’s due to your time change? Have things shifted a bit since you’re no longer ahead? I’m laughing. Thanks so much for coming back to read this and I’m glad you enjoyed it! The poor thing. Anguish, yes, whatever will she do?

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