Run For Your Life {Short Story}

This is a short I did for a competition. It touches on a subject I have seen shades of in too many lives. I just want to say this. If you know someone who is struggling with any kind of domestic abuse, your kindness, confidence and listening ear could be the drop of goodness that turns the tide in their self confidence and gives them courage to run for their lives. If YOU are that person, there is help and hope…ALWAYS. Here are a couple of resources (please use a safe computer – libraries are great – to explore these options!): Safe Nest 646-4981 & 1-800-486-7282 Domestic Abuse Resources Run For Your Life It all started with a word. Written in block letters. Black ink pressed into nondescript white paper. That word was enough to break open...

Without Knowing More

A couple months ago, you might remember me feeling the jitters over a Short Short Story competition. 500 words, 1.5 hours, subject given on arrival. We had to use the phrase, “Today is my Friday” in our stories, but otherwise we were given full range of imagination. Here’s what I came up with. Enjoy! Without Knowing More by Christene Houston (c) October 2012   Nothing can prepare you for such scenes: the unexpected collision on a Vegas highway and the resulting maelstrom of the bodies involved. Jo worked on the little girl with damp blond curls, feeling a surge of protectiveness she’d never experienced before. A desperate urgency clawed at her as they raced to the hospital, puzzling Jo. At twenty-seven, Jo Erickson was well versed in...

Short Short { Only A Minute }

Here’s a quick short with Cindy Davis’ subject idea – WalMart. 😉 Only A Minute By Christene Houston  A light glared into my eyes followed hard by the impact of two cars imploding. With a snap I looked at the checkout clerk surrounded by light. Only moments ago I’d been driving home from dinner with a friend when suddenly I stood in a quiet Walmart checkout line. The stillness made my skin prickle. “Did you find everything you need?” the woman inquired. My mind raced. The question held far more meaning than ever before, but I couldn’t place why. Something was wrong. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Another flash of light brought me back to the sound of sirens. Two cars lay steaming and broken. The gunpowder smoke of airbags hung in the air and the...

Short Short { Meeting in Venice }

Here is a short I published here on the blog a while back. In case you missed it the first time, enjoy! I’ll have more fresh material next week. Meeting in Venice Graham hurried inside the diner, tossing a hasty glance over his shoulder and fingering the microchip in his pocket. He had a matter of seconds before he would need to disappear. Scanning the room, a young waitress with her hands full of drinks caught his eye. Moving toward the kitchen he bumped into her, sloshing cola onto the floor. “I’m so sorry,” he apologized quickly. But the chip already rested in her apron pocket. She caught a fleeting glimpse as Graham slipped through the kitchen and disappeared into the alley. The busy diner kept Ali running the entire night, never noticing the chip...

Short Short {A Typical Day}

This Short idea came from my big brother Michael. “A mother who turns into a superhero while her kids are at school.” I wrote this after the Women’s Beach Volleyball game where China and the US battled to the end and during the balance beam finals. Got it out in forty-five minutes with another fifteen of revising, cutting down 38 words (500 is not much, I tell ya!) and perfecting. One down, another three to go in preparation for the Short Short Competition in September. Let me know what you think! Here you go…Just a Typical Day…. A Typical Day by Christene Houston Jes could feel the cold sweat of her captor dipping onto the ultra thin material of her suit. His breath came in quick gasps as she tightened the headlock around his neck....

Short Short Practice

This September…the day after my amazing Book Release Party (Sept. 7!!) there is going to be a fun Short Short Story Competition. It involves 20 writers, 500 words, a subject you don’t know until you get there, and 90 minutes. Let’s be honest, I tend to be long winded. It’s in my bones. Or lungs…or maybe fingertips since they do most of the talking around here. So I’m practicing. Ninety minutes. A random subject chosen by YOU and my imagination to make it take flight. You guys have been AWESOME! I have a list of subjects to work on that I’ve blended together in a hat. I pull one out, set the timer and let the words fly. All my practice shorts will be published here for your enjoyment every Wednesday in August (starting...

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