Tall And True Short Reads

Finding Inspiration

Episode 88 (29 February 2024)

While sorting through storage boxes at home, I found an old notebook belonging to my son. It wasn’t a school exercise book but something he’d jotted and doodled in as a twelve-year-old. Among its random pages was a short story he’d written in 2014 about a father who doesn’t have “great ideas”.


Finding Inspiration

Show Notes

Season Four: Episode 88 (29 February 2024)

Finding Inspiration is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Trigger warning: This blog post and podcast episode mention teenage self-harm and death. Lifeline Australia: https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Read the post on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/finding-inspiration

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Story Insight

I wrote the Finding Inspiration blog post in February 2022, eight years after my son wrote his short story about a father who doesn’t have great ideas. Once again, I stress his story is entirely fictional because I had great ideas as a father in 2014 and still do today. And I’ve never made a diaper-changing machine, though that is an idea worth pursuing!

I’ve kept many mementos and journals from my son’s childhood and before I became a father. Some of these have inspired my writings on Tall And True and podcast episodes on Tall And True Short Reads. For instance, uncovering old theatre programs led to episode 78, Taking a Bow, and my travel journals inspired episodes 60, Kurd Friends in the Mountains, and 69 and 70, Two Visits to the Berlin Wall.

I hope you enjoyed this inspiring episode. You can read my blog posts, including Finding Inspiration, selected short stories, and other writings at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy the Tall And True Microfiction anthology and my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

The next episode of Tall And True Short Reads will be released soon. In the meantime, please check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from all four seasons, and follow or subscribe to the podcast and rate and review it via your favourite podcasting app — doing so helps share my storytelling.

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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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