by Tamara Shaffer from the February 28, 2011 issue
Tagline: Todd and Nancy had never met before that day in the shop, but it turned out they had a lot in common...
In A Nutshell: Todd's girlfriend wants to break up with him. He's shopping for a "parting gift" and hits it off with the shopkeeper.
Observations: This was a moving-on/first meet story that doesn't follow the usual three act structure. In this one, there are only two acts. They meet at the store, talk about his situation and her similar sort of break-up, then there's a quick transition and we move right to the "third" act. There is no black moment either, unless you count this:
I walk away with a strangely lighter heart, but I'm confused. And suddenly, I'm not sure if I want things to go well.
So, I guess it just goes to show you that you can write stories that are out of the norm and contrary to my advice and still get published.