Like many of the other pieces I’ve had published recently, this started in a Kathy Fish workshop. It’s a piece of microfiction, so we already had strict word constraints (150 words or less). To add to the challenge, Kathy gave us a list of words to use—either in the piece itself, or as a jumping-off point. I used five of the ten words for the fun of it, though they definitely gave me the root of the story as well.
Other pieces published from Kathy Fish’s workshop: