Tall And True Short Reads
Reminiscing with Alice
Episode 39 (24 November 2021)
The golden glow of Norman’s youth was a distant memory. The passing years had added aches and pains and padding, and his soft and doughy love handles had long since served no purpose with Alice. But when he looked in the mirror, Norman recognised the man he had once been. Just wiser and more wizened.
Reminiscing with Alice
Season Two: Episode 39 (24 November 2021)
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Reminiscing with Alice was my June 2021 entry for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s monthly writing competition, Furious Fiction. Feedback on social media over the Furious Fiction weekend was that the month’s brief for the 500-word short story was challenging. It had to include (word for word) the following SEVEN descriptions at any point in the story body:
- THICK AS HONEY
- SILENT AND STILL
- GOLDEN GLOW
- DELICATE PERFUME
- SOFT AND DOUGHY
GOLDEN GLOW gave me the opening sentence for my short story, “The golden glow of Norman’s youth was a distant memory”. And from here, the bulk of Norman and Alice’s story and the brief fell into place.
THICK AS HONEY proved a *sticky* description. However, by using it to describe Norman’s memories of his life with Alice, which “flowed sweet and smooth like honey, but could be as thick as honey, too”, I had my story and a poignant ending.
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