They Lied

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

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In response to Charli Mills and Carrot Ranches November 14, 2022: Story Challenge in 99 Words
Prompt Word: LIE

As a child, I began to write. I fashioned myself to be the next Mark Twain or Hemingway. I constantly had pencil and paper, diaries and journals. I learned early on, to stop showing him my poetry and prose. My father told lies. His remarks snuffed out my confidence.

“You’ll never be a writer. Not possible!” He’d say, tossing my papers up in the air.

I’m now sixty-four years old and guess what? I’m not a Mark Twain or a Hemingway but I am, an author and a poet. Be careful telling someone what they can not be!


  1. Sadje says:

    Never break the dreams of someone. They’ll prove you wrong

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  2. Hammad Rais says:

    We are all special, in our own ways. We can’t be the exact same as others but there’s no stopping in grasping some inspirations from those we idol upon, to pursuit our dreams.
    Good for you, Ami 🙂

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  3. Eugenia says:

    Never give up on your dreams and always be yourself.🥰


  4. I’m so glad that you persisted with your writing! That was a tough writer’s block to surmount and you did. Write on!

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    1. Thank you so very much!!!

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  5. Liz H says:

    Dreams deferred are often the sweetest. Retirement offered th as t reward ffg or me, too!

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    1. ((giggles)) I read typo-speak!! ☺️


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