Man Of Unfinished Letters

Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Dear Suzanne,

I can’t stop thinking about that night before I left for school. I keep your picture under my pillow…

Dear Martha,

I miss you like crazy. I can’t stop thinking about that morning I left for school. I still haven’t caught my breath…

Dear Betty,

I know we just met, but you’re on my mind constantly…

Dear Mother,

I won’t be home for Christmas. I’m sorry to break it to you like this, but I’m leaving school. I’ve been invited to accompany my Poly Sci professor while he lectures across the country. He says I have great potential…


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44 Responses to Man Of Unfinished Letters

  1. Hala J. says:

    Oh, I haven’t been here in a while. (I haven’t touched Friday Ficitoneers in about as long too. I should get cracking!) Loved this!! Ain’t no one worse than a compulsive liar…except for a compulsive liar that can’t keep it in his pants.

  2. Good story! And I’m sure it’s happened many times. In fact, I know of one such case….

  3. This is such a wonderful take on the photo prompt. Very cleverly put, indeed!

  4. Dee says:

    Great way to tell your story, I think it worked very well.

  5. I guess it’s better to bet on more than one horse if you want to score.. revolting type that professor….I guess in today’s world of SMS you can fit an epistolary in 100 words..

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Sometimes 100 words is all it takes, sometimes it takes closer to 50,000. I wrote about those revolting types, including one professor in my first book- it took around 49,600 words.

  6. Very intriguing. I love to read letters, though these only turned me off this guy. I’m curious to see where he ends up.

  7. MM Jaye says:

    I also enjoy books including correspondence. Lately, it’s emails. Very popular in erotic romances too! A lighter take and a great format! Well done!

    Greetings from Greece!
    Maria (MM Jaye)

  8. elmowrites says:

    I liked the first three letters, but the last one threw me a little, as I’m not sure what the truth is any more. Great format – writing letters is slipping away and they have so much more value than texts and emails

    • Honie Briggs says:

      That’s what happens with compulsive liars, they make us unsure. I agree letter writing is becoming a lost art, and I do believe there is an art to well written ones.

  9. Shame on him..never lie to your Mother. I enjoyed this very different take on the prompt. Well done!

  10. Dear Honie, you are a humorist and a very good one at that. I wonder, will her father be hunting down that bad prof?

  11. Honie, That was a very creative way to write a story and it worked. It was also very funny. :D Perhaps he will make a good politician,until the truth comes out. We may see it on YouTube. Well done. :) —Susan

  12. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Honie,

    I can’t stop thinking about this story. I keep it under my pillow….

  13. Dear Stephanie,

    Methinks the letter writer doth have issue with truth. You tell us a lot of about his personality disorder in four letters. I enjoyed the form. I think the guy’s a jerk and you’re a talented writer.



  14. Jan Brown says:

    Enjoyed the format as well as the story. The correspondent is a story-teller of a different sort ;-)

  15. Well, everyone else has said it! Great way to get the message across in letters. Poor Mom, is he fibbing or not . . .

    • Honie Briggs says:

      I always wonder when we read correspondence that are published after someone’s death if we read into them from our own experiences, possibly missing the authors intent. I can’t imagine someone writing a personal letter thinking it would ever be made public.

  16. Good lawd, is there any truth in any of them?

  17. Witty and very clever way to structure a story. Nice!

  18. wmqcolby says:

    Suzanne, Martha, Betty … at first i thought this guy probably went to college to get some REST!

    Wonderful story, Honie! Worked GREAT!

  19. Sandra says:

    A different way to tell a story that worked really well. Good job.

  20. I loved how this was done as a series of letters. Great way to convey your story.

    • Honie Briggs says:

      Books that have correspondence as part of the dialogue are interesting to me. I like to read the snail mail from days gone by. There’s something about it, maybe more depth or thoughtfulness that goes into that kind of writing as opposed to the text messages of today. Thanks for your comment.

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