You tell the story!


writerHi everyone! I’ve decided to start off 2016 with something fun and interactive. You all read my stories (thank you!); now I’d love the chance to read yours.

As you may know, much of my primary research comes from the 19th century newspaper archive, Chronicling America. I often stumble upon fun little gems that I didn’t anticipate.


Here’s the last line from a newspaper article in The Dalles Daily Chronicle (April 4, 1894). Can you write the story preceding it?

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If you meet a party of eight young men with a barber pole, don’t arrest them. They own it.

Isn’t that a great ending? What do you think happened before that? Let your imagination run wild.

Some guidelines:

  • Just because the original is historical doesn’t mean yours has to be. Set it in any time and place you want.
  • No more than 500 words, and as short as you’d like.
  • Post your story in the comments section of this post.

What will you win?

In addition to the satisfaction of entertaining your audience, each storyteller (up to 30 participants) can select either an ebook from my Concordia Wells mystery series (choose from books 1 through 4), or an audiobook version of book 1 or 2!

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So, start creating! This will be open until the end of January, when I will post the original story for your amusement. Those 1890s college kids were a mischievous bunch….

What stories have inspired you lately? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,




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12 thoughts on “You tell the story!”

  1. PatriciaPatricia

    What a great idea Kathy! I can’t wait to read the final story.

    (If I get time, I’ll swing back later in the month and post my thoughts. Today I have edits screaming at me to finish them.)

    I hope your 2016 is off to a great start.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb

    Cool idea! I’ll give it some thought and see what kind of story I can come up with. Happy New Year, Kathy!!

  3. Jennifer JensenJennifer Jensen

    What a great line! I’m dying to know the real story behind it, and I’ll kick around ideas for my own. Don’t know if I”ll get a chance to work on it, but if I do, I’ll come back and post it.

  4. Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb

    LOL They better do a lot of practicing then. 😀

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