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Far from Perfect: My First Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories


Far from Perfect: My First Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories

This is my first collection of short stories and flash fiction. It's Far from Perfect - but I've enjoyed writing these stories and I hope that you enjoy - if not all - then some of these works! Descriptions of the stories: “A Chance Encounter” - A contest entry with the following rules: Write a story under 200 words, based on a picture of a young woman standing on a rock before a vast ocean. “The Adjusters” – another contest entry, back in 2015, for a Super-hero story. I think it started out well, but then I made the mistake of rushing it so I could make the deadline. I'm including it, as-is, because it might be amusing and/or serve as a cautionary tale to not rush a story. “The App” - I wrote this flash fiction for a local art project called “Art En Route”. I worked with a fantastic graphic artist, Ryan (which is good — because I’m lucky if I can draw a stick figure that for which children won’t laugh at me. Don’t ask - it’s happened!). Please check out his site: http://ryanhaimerl.com/ I’m deeply honored that Alex and Yusi chose me for this project: www.artenrouteproject.com. Also should be available via “Art En Route Project 2016-8” — Madison, WI USA. “Boil” - my first foray into “second-person” POV. “Domesticated” - I like this story, but I know it’s far from perfect. I might rewrite it someday. I wrote it after I lost my “little Panther”, Zaria. She died in my arms. Pets are family and greatly I miss her, and my tiger and eternal buddy Chewie. “Dusk Set on a Dead World” - this was a Locked Room Mystery contest. The rules were that the main character had a sensory handicap, and couldn’t be set on Earth. It was a difficult, but fun, challenge to write this story! I realize it’s inherently silly, but I liked the end result. “Final Night in Poteski” - I entered this story into a contest. While I didn’t win, this piece was selected as a Judge’s favorite. My favorite folk singers have been Harry Chapin, Jim Croce and Jim Sullivan. Please check out their music. Jim Croce: http://jimcroce.com/; Harry Chapin: http://www.harrychapinmusic.com/; Jim Sullivan: https://lightintheattic.net/releases/502-u-f-o “The First Last Day of Third Grade” - this is part of an upcoming novel. I focused on Barry Welmer, with whom I strongly identify. When I changed schools, my first day of third grade ended with bullies humiliating me and experiencing the ostracization of my classmates. In many ways, I’m like Barry and luckily, I made other choices. “The Magic Piano”, circa-1988 - my first story, aside from a blatant ripoff of “Back to the Future” in 6th grade. I submitted this to Mankato State University. Much to my surprise and joy, I won a Talent Grant, which cemented my decision to go to MSU. “Minutes of Narration” - another excerpt from the sequel to “No More Weekends”. I see what could be a dark future for the human race. I hope I’m wrong. “No More Weekends” - after 13+ years, I took up writing again. I wrote it because I see a potential dark future for America. Or, hopefully…I’m just being paranoid. “Or Current Resident” - another experiment in 2nd person POV. “Radio is Not Dead” - I’ve always been a fan of old-time radio. I entered this into a contest on “The Next Big Writer” and won — yay! “Rejection Notices” - The way I often feel that I’ll always get rejection notices. Regardless - I’ll keep writing - because I enjoy it! Maybe I shouldn’t have called it this - it got rejected across the board :{

  • ISBN: 9781370755820
  • Author: Brad Foster
  • Published: 2018-03-06 05:35:06
  • Words: 32342
Far from Perfect: My First Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories Far from Perfect: My First Collection of Flash Fiction and Short Stories