Cousin Stories

One spring day three cousins fell to talking. By the time they were finished, they had decided to each write a story about an island…

So began Cousin Stories. The second round I was invited, and it has grown from there. Each story has its own set of rules and a deadline, when we get together and share what we each have created.

Do you wish to join? Accept the challenge of writing your own story following the current rules, or enjoy the stories shared by the writers.

Come join the Cousin Stories.


Current Story

Scientist, Detective, Taco Salesman

Your characters must include a disguised scientist, a paranoid detective, and a reckless taco salesman.

One must be 70 or older. Another must be 13 or younger. These characters must work together to meet some end.

And, as always, keep it clean!

Due Date: July 26



Did you want to write and share a Cousin Story of your own? A group of us get together on the due date to read our stories to each other. We would enjoy hearing yours as well.

I would also consider posting it on my website as one of the ‘examples’ if you were willing to share it that way. Pen names are welcome.

You can e-mail your story to

Past Cousin Stories

Island                                                 Stowaway Story

List                                                      Mattress Store

Broken Time                                     Typical Hero Story

Retold Fairytale                                Calendar

Song Inspired                                    Virtues and Vices

Story Starter                                      Inherit a Museum

Draw of a Hat                                    Mermaids

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