Gleaming: a 100-word story

Here’s another 100-word story. I will welcome your feedback. Gleaming By Laura McHale Holland Day after day she winds blackberry vines around paperbacks, doorknobs, French fries, shoes—everything she can touch. It’s an effort; she concentrates. But the barbs...

In her pocket

I’m going to experiment with posting 100-word stories for a while. If you’d like to post your own 100-word story that riffs on this one, please do so in a comment. Other types of comments are always welcome, too. In Her Pocket By Laura McHale Holland On...

Every Imperfection

I found this little story on my hard drive. I suspect there are a fair number of other stories I’ve written, stuffed away and forgotten. How about you? Do you create things and then forget about them? Every Imperfection by Laura McHale Holland She tries on four...

If He Wanted

I was experimenting with repetition in flash fiction this week. What do you think of this one? If He Wanted By Laura McHale Holland Irons. In the fire. He rubs his eyes. He’s always had too much to do. Leap. He tries to leap up. Chains hold him down. Only his...

Fly alone

I had another post in mind until I happened upon this in one of my folders today. It’s a short fantasy I wrote to explore my feelings about dating in high school. When I wrote it I was thinking about whether to tackle a sequel to my childhood memoir, Reversible...

Flash fiction: Have you noticed?

While I was proofing my newsletter last week, some phrases caught my eye. It seemed as though they could be the beginnings of stories. So I decided to grab a couple of them to work into a short piece. I lifted “Have you noticed?” and “Often they come...

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