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The Bus Boy

If you were an aging alcoholic who spent most of the last years of your life homeless…and finally landed a job as a bus boy…what would your last dream be?


“The Bus Boy” by Nancy Ellen Dodd is a short story used as an example in The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages. For free access to read “The Bus Boy” go to The story is in text and illustrated formats.

I especially want to thank all of the photographers who posted work for others to enjoy and generously allowed me to use their photos to illustrate “The Bus Boy”:

Neil Gould, Scott D. Deardorff, Jim Ario, D. Sharon Pruitt, Kriss Szkurlatowski, Alfonso Lima, Eva Shuster, kgreggain.

I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do.

Below is a story map for “The Bus Boy.”


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3 Responses to "The Bus Boy"

  1. Jean Givan says:

    I’ve read “The Bus Boy” a couple of hours ago and the story is still resonating within me, partly because of where I am in life and what I’m striving for. Plus, I’ve lived in LA and your depictions ring true. And when you said Venice Blvd., it’s like I was right there. EXCELLENT. I love your work, have downloaded the book and was gripped to it (on Kindle) since yesterday…. and my work will be the better for it!!! THANKS.

    1. Nancy Ellen Dodd says:

      Thank you for your kind comments. It means a great deal to me.

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