Tall And True Short Reads

The Lost and Found Story

Episode 92 (10 May 2024)

I’ve lost a few things over the years but never imagined losing a story! I only realised I’d “lost” A Window Table when I started working on a blog post to mark my fourth anniversary of writing Furious Fictions. However, when I found and read a copy of the story, I didn’t recognise its plot or characters.


The Lost And Found Story

Show Notes

Season Four: Episode 92 (10 May 2024)

This double-feature episode includes the short story A Window Table and a companion blog post, The Lost and Found Story, from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read A Window Table on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/fiction/short-stories/a-window-table

Read The Lost and Found Story: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/lost-and-found-story

Listen to Some Things Change, Episodes 79 to 80 of Tall And True Short Reads:

Read Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/some-things-change-some-stay-the-same

Support the podcast: https://supporter.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads

Buy Robert’s short story collections online:

Story Insight

I wrote A Window Table in August 2023 for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s monthly Furious Fiction writing challenge. The brief was:

  • The story had to take place in a RESTAURANT.
  • Include a character who smashes something.

There are always stories behind my short stories, but the one for A Window Table is the most mysterious because, as I wrote in the Lost and Found Story blog post, I “lost” the story for six months. 

I eventually found a copy of A Window Table, but when I read it, I didn’t recognise the plot or characters.

Reading a story I knew must be mine but felt like someone else had written it was weird. But the “DNA” proof that I’d written A Window Table was the restaurant in the first part of the story. I based it on a restaurant I booked for a date in my early twenties (forty years ago) that also didn’t live up to its “good reviews”!

I hope you enjoy this double feature, The Lost And Found Story – A Window Table. You can read the blog post and short story along with my other posts, stories and writings at TallAndTrue.com.

You can also buy my short story collections, including the latest Tall And True Microfiction anthology 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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