I love it when people buy your book then send you an e-mail telling you they love it. That made my writerly week, I tell you. My collection of short stories is almost twelve years old, but the stories still resonate. That’s what every writer wants, to have people find their work meaningful. I’ve recently transcribed that book, Rarely Well Behaved, so that I can publish it on Amazon as an eBook. My proofreader had a wonderful suggestion: break it up into two or three eBooks with stories of the same genre in each book. What a great idea. I got started on it right away.
At my local writers’ group (SWAG Writers) open mic on Wednesday, I read a short piece which was a flash fiction exercise to write a story about an article of clothing. As soon as I saw the exercise, I remembered my mother complaining about the prosthetic bra she was supposed to wear after her mastectomy some thirty years ago, and the story happened. After I read the story, women in the audience, and a couple of men, came up to me to tell me how meaningful it was to them.
So, all in all, a good week for the writer-me, and now it’s capped off by Friday Fictioneers!
Here’s this week’s inspiration photo:
And I’m sure you know where I’m going with this story:
Appearances are Deceiving
He lured the child into the tunnel with the promise of Harry Potter.
“It’s like the train station. You go through the wall to get to the Hogwarts Express,” he said. “Come on, if you want to see.
He knew she followed him without question; he was her father’s friend.
“You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?” he asked, midway through the tunnel, where no one would see.
“Not at all,” she said.
He spun around at the sound of an adult’s voice.
She willed the disguise spell away and stood before him, a warrior now, with a blade.
If you want to read more 100-word flash fiction by other Friday Fictioneers, go to Madison Woods’ blog.