A Good Start to the New Year
January 3, 2023
Best wishes to you all at the start of a new year. I began by organizing my office, which tends to get overrun with paper, and by making a list of tasks to accomplish -- like finishing that novel I began so many years ago. If you're like me, other duties and pleasures have taken priority. I always thought that as I got older, I'd have more time, but that isn't happening. If anything there are more ideas crammed into the file drawers of my brain than there is time to develop them.
When I need a break, I enjoy reading flash fiction, complete stories of less than 1,000 words. Here's a 327-word science fiction story written by Tim Hawkins. It's called "A Win for Time Poor People Everywhere."
A KIND OF FLASH FICTION FOR KIDS: It's empowering for kids to read short pieces. That's the idea behind many of the interactive books I've written. The child reads a short section, makes a choice, and then turns to another short section. Check out these interactive series: Choose Your Journey series or the You Choose series. Books of folktales and legends often contains very short fiction that kids can read quickly and enjoy, and picture books are a kind of flash fiction for the youngest children.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OF THE SEASON: "You have got to own your days and live them, each one of them, every one of them, or else the years go by and none of them belong to you." —Herb Gardners
AND HERE'S A MORE REALISTIC ONE: "Time is a great healer but a poor beautician." —Lucille S. Harper
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