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So cute. Loved today’s story.

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Thank you, Ben. I grow weary breaking hearts all the time. Sometimes I just wanna squeeeezzze them. 😊

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Heheheh! I liked the photo texts part of the story, thanks for taking advantage of the form

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Thanks! Yes, I had a terrible time searching for "handsome men" in my stock photo library. It's hard work, but someone has to do it. 😜

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For a minute I thought you were going to offend my deepest, darkest sensibilities with your neatly packaged, grotesquely saccharine, annoyingly perfect little meet cute. Avery getting horny for the robot was a much more satisfying conclusion.

See you on Sunday!

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Don't worry. I'm saving that [adverb][adjective] horror story for your birthday. 😏

Sunday. YYYUUUUPPPP!!!!

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Very clever and engaging story.

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Thank you, Jim!

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I loved every word of this, Meg. Greg is my kind of 'man'. PLEASE - I want to see the movie version.

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I want to see that movie, too. In fact, I did see it, in my brain, while I was writing this one. 😊I wish I could have weaved in some cheesy elevator music to help immerse you in the mundanity of the convenience store setting.

As for Greg-- He showed up and put in the work. That's what counts. πŸ˜‰ My favorite thing about him is he never asked a single question, but he still learned so much about her. That's just good programming. πŸ€–

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Hmmm.... wonder if real men could be programmed that way? An active listener. What a concept.

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I. Love. This. Story.

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Thank you, Amy. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! 😊πŸ₯‚

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outstanding. Loved it!

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Thank you, Nicci!

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What a brilliant way to tell a story! I love this! The story is great and the way you executed it was brilliant!

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Thank you, Jason. I don't undertake these art heavy narratives often because they're way more work than a standard text piece -- those bits of messaging between the friends add up to 18 or so individual images all loaded up with images and text boxes of their own. If there was a typo in one of them it was like a 10 minute process to fix it. πŸ˜‚ But I'm happy with how the whole thing turned out. And very happy you enjoyed it!

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I had to spend an embarrasingly long amount of time finding the switch to change my phone to light mode but it was worth it. That text-message dialogue was a visual delight great job Meg

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Aw. Thanks for putting in the extra effort. A friend tipped me off minutes after the post went live that he couldn't read it. My head nearly exploded because those visual delights were an absolute BEAST to create and then wrangle into submission.

I'm glad the payoff...um...paid off. πŸ˜‚ Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

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So fun!

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And holy cow, I bet those gorgeous text messages took you a minute to make??!

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Nice work.

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Excellent title as well.

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Ok I think that is all πŸ˜†

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Okay! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ˜‚

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

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I love titles. And especially love when other people love them. ❀️

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Thank you!

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They were hell. 😩

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Wee!

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Very fun time. Moreover, I appreciate the image work as a fellow resident of Photoshop Hell.

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Yay! Thanks for reading and appreciating the level of difficulty on the visuals. For something that requires little to no skill to execute IRL, designing an authentic looking text feed is insanely tedious.

Photoshop, eh? Does that mean you've never been to CANVA? πŸ‘€

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It’s actually new to me, I’ll play around with it. Thanks for the tip!

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Incredibly creative. Almost too much so for a human. Perhaps a very attractive β€œnon-human” lended a hand? πŸ˜‰πŸ€£

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Ha! I think this will become commonplace for writers now. Robot accusations.

Honestly, if there's a robot out there that can format text feeds artistically FOR ME, I would hire them on the spot. As it stands, I may have developed a human case of carpal tunnel from resizing avatar heads and moving tiny text blocks around for a week. πŸ˜‚

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That was a crazy amount of graphics. A year or so ago I did a microfiction prompt to create a text message story. The person who made the prompt linked to online software that would create a "text message feed" for you. You just enter the text. But it looks like an iPhone stream with bubbles. Your was much nicer. πŸ€“

https://ifaketextmessage.com/R5tA/

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You had me at "who the hell can't decide between chocolate and vanilla?"

That is the question that has launched a thousand wars.

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Also ... can't we have both??? That's what Oreos have been trying to teach us for decades. πŸ’œ

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We can. We can and we should. But only if they’re both real. Oreos are impostors!

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All I can say is, Fantastic!

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Thank you! πŸ€–πŸ’œ

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The end was perfect. "So, can you do anything?"

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Thanks! This was a tough one to end, being all dialogue. I'm glad the last line landed.

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I bloody loved this.

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Yay, Georgina! So happy to hear. Thank you for reading.

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