Tall And True Short Reads


Episode 71 (5 April 2023)

Jennifer swivelled her chair away from the laptop and stared at the lights receding into the distance beyond the high-rise office window. Her eyes had welled up reading Stephen’s unexpected emailed demand, and she reached for a tissue to dab at the tears. “Twenty years,” Jennifer exhaled softly, wiping her eyes.


Show Notes

Season Three: Episode 71 (5 April 2023)

Decisions is a short story from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the story on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/decisions

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

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Story Insight

I wrote Decisions for the Australian Writer’s Centre’s March 2023 Furious Fiction writing competition. The brief was:

  • The 500-word short story had to include a CHAIR of some sort
  • The words ALBUM, BRIGHT and CLICK (or longer variations)
  • And a character who makes a CHOICE between two things.

I toyed with making my protagonist, Jennifer, the CHAIR of a corporation or department or CHAIRing a meeting but settled on her swivelling on an office CHAIR to stare at the city lights.

I knew the story would feature a family photo ALBUM, but instead of opting for BRIGHT lights outside the office window, I had Jennifer reflecting on marrying Stephen when they were BRIGHT young things.

As for the CLICK, I saved that until the end, when Jennifer resolves that after twenty years of marriage and Stephen’s unilateral decision-making and demands, she has a CHOICE, even if it’s between a rock and a hard place.

A fellow writer whose Furious Fiction entry (like mine) was not showcased or long-listed on the Writers’ Centre’s website for March observed that the judges seemed to want the chair to have a dominant role in the story. And for it to have something to do with the choice.

I replied that I didn’t think about “winning formulas” when writing, and this may explain why my short stories don’t win or get short or long-listed. But I still enjoy writing and sharing them, and hope you enjoyed listening to this one on Tall And True Short Reads.

You can read Decisions and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle and Kobo online bookstores.

The next episode of Tall And True Short Reads will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from Seasons One, Two and Three.

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Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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