Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Lately I've been hearing a lot about Flash Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Short Stories etc. A few posts ago I mentioned how wings were popping up everywhere in my life. I've also felt like the past couple weeks have been quite the emotional roller coaster ride. And I know some of my writer/blogger friends have been going through similar feelings. I decided to combine all of those Universal recurrences.
Now you're learning about how I write. I notice, I watch, I listen, I analyze (then I over analyze), and usually whilst driving, showering, or making my flavored coffee(belgian Choc toffee today) I create a story in my head. Then I try to type it out on my computer and pray I don't murder it with bad grammar, punctuation errors, and simile over-usage. (I'm sure I did that in the story below--but this was for fun so I'm not stressing over it.)
Yesterday I decided to take my first attempt at a short story. Flash Fiction Online has requirements of 1,000 words or less so I followed their guidelines. Let me know what you think. But be gentle, it's my first attempt.


Each time Jewel promised herself she’d remember, but she never did...


  1. This is a great story, Karen!! And perfect for the speculative fiction market. Full of evocative images and beauty. Awesome job. :) Let me know how it goes!

  2. This is awesome! You're a great storyteller!

  3. Beautifully written. I like the cotton candy smile :)

  4. What a wonderful way to view life. I loved the similes--no overkill. Fit well and help make the story come alive. Bravo!
    *Liz W.

  5. I really enjoyed reading this story. there were a few "tummy" incidents, Karen knows what I mean by that, and it's a good thing trust me =)
    I like the roller coaster image here too.
    It's so funny, I was napping yesterday after work and woke up with this strange imagery and thoughts in my head. This rarely happens, but I thought to myself, wow that would make a good but creepy little story. A few minutes later i get an email from Karen explaining her discovery of flash fiction, with this story attached... Just thought that was cool, not sure if there's a connection there or not.
    Not that I can ever see myself writing, I'm the musician and the web designer, Karen is most definitely the author ;-)
    Although, seeing the work she put's into this blog, she's catching up to me in the web department =)

  6. I just wanted to hop in here and say I LOVED THIS! At first I thought she was just dreaming but then I realized that she was in the place you go to between lives. How very, very amazing. I liked the part about how he “threw in a zigzag zooshy thing.” Isn’t that how it feels sometimes, that someone else is at the controls and every now and then gives you an extra zigzag zooshy thing. Well done.

  7. Karen, I've given you a blog award. You can view it here on my blog. Just scroll down to the end of the post to the "Proximity" award for directions and more information about the award.

    Thanks for a great blog!


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