Decisions. Choices. Trade-offs.
No matter how well-thought out, no matter how many pros and cons lists we make, decision are made in the moment. There’s no knowing how it will all turn out.
In my latest story for Short Fiction Break, Kate made a decision she believed was best for everyone. But she wasn’t prepared for the aftermath, and now she’s stuck between what’s best for her family and what’s best for her. And the weight of her choice is crushing her.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/cracked/
It’s easy to get lost. A wrong turn here, a missed street there. And suddenly nothing looks familiar. You don’t recognize street names, you have no landmarks. You have no choice but to plot a new course. Draw a new map.
In my latest story for Short Fiction Break, an artist who’s life has taken a unexpected turn gets lost on the streets of Paris, and realizes she has no choice but to keep moving forward.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/lost-halden/
I’m honoring today’s extraordinary astronomical event with a story about an almost-astronomer who’s reexamining her life with the help of the night sky.
Sometimes we must look far beyond ourselves to see deep within.
Check it out… http://shortfictionbreak.com/starry-night/
Summertime at the community pool. Those blue-tinged, chlorine-scented waters can hold as many memories as it can people. And it can hold A LOT of people. Look close enough, and you just might catch a reflection of your past self in the always-shifting water.
In my latest story for Short Fiction Break, a challenging afternoon at the community pool turns into an opportunity for Tara, a harried mom of three, to recapture her inner child. If only for a moment.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/pool-day/
Tradition. It’s the comfort food of life. That taste of home we crave no matter how far we roam. And that we never appreciate until we’ve left it far behind.
In my latest story for Short Fiction Break, Gia is struggling with the burden of carrying on a family legacy she never asked for. Then a terrifying moment makes her realize just how much she’d lose if it all went up in smoke.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/family-business/
Raise your hand if your life turned out exactly as you imagined it when you were twenty two.
My latest story for Short Fiction Break, “Hanging Out,” is about a woman grappling with her choices in life. Literally. As she dangles dangerously from a cliff above the Italian Riviera with her best friend from college whom she hasn’t seen in years, Amanda realizes she’ll never be twenty two again. And that’s okay.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/hanging-out/
Ahh, to know the future. To peek ahead, to know how our lives will turn out. What’s the harm? Certainty is so much more comfortable than uncertainty.
But certainty has a dark side. In my latest story for Short Fiction Break, a palm reader’s certainty about her future has cut her off from her present. When an acquaintance suddenly puts a crack in that certainty, the power of possibility floods back into her life. A life she thought was finished, but she now sees is unfinished. Uncertain. Full of possibility.
Read it here: http://shortfictionbreak.com/short-handed/
My latest story, now up on ShortFictionBreak.com, is dedicated to all the shy people out there, who know – like no one else – what it’s like to feel invisible. Here it is:
Yea! My short story took the Grand Prize in Short Fiction Break’s Winter Writing Contest! I am blown away. Thank you, judges. Thank you, readers. Thank you, people of planet Earth (I’m feeling generous right now). And especially, thank you Write Practice and Short Fiction Break for hosting the contest.
Check it out!
From the judges:
““The Appointment” by Erin Halden. This poignant tale masterfully blends reality and imagination, painting a world of color and light. It takes us along a magical journey to a bittersweet resolution. Its full emotional experience, strong writing, and well-developed characters won the judges over, and we’re pleased to declare it the winner of this contest.”
Check out my short story, “The Appointment,” just published on Short Fiction Break:
Thanks to everyone who has read and commented! As someone who spends most of her time alone, in an attic office, typing away (or in a corner chewing my hair), hearing what people think is like a ray of sunlight through the floorboards…