Friday Fictioneers: Being Broken




So, I think I can thank my mother a little bit for this one. I’m going to ACEN for the next few days, so my writing output will likely be challenged. I’m putting up with this heinous act so I can see my friends and dress like a video game character for a couple of days. Naturally then, I wanted to post something here now so that I don’t come dangerous close to cutting the deadline like I did last time.

Well, I tried and I pushed, and I felt like I was giving birth to something disagreeable but every story I wrote ended up sounding like one I had already written. It usually involved a young child, climbing, and the open air.

At least the tropes of my writing are uplifting ones.

So, my mom helped give me another perspective on things. So, we end up here, with me taking that new perspective and adding the same crippled boy I was working with in my failed stories!

Thanks again, mummy!


Have fun~





Image Copyright: arie Gail Stratford

Image Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford


Word Count: 100

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Title: Being Broken


The barbed wire would have scared me off. The lonely silo would have made me sad. Instead, I feel like that little building couldn’t be happier. Rather than be punched full of holes or shot with bullets, the silo just has its windows open. It’s excited. It’s eager to let the wind and birds and light in.

Whatever its story was, it’s starting a new one now. And it’s looking bright already.

The unexpected benefits of being broken.

My dad calls me back into the car; I hobble over, crutch acting as my second leg as it crunches the grass.





And now I am off to nurse this migraine before a stressful/fun/funssful/stressun day tomorrow. Maybe my next story should be on subconscious stress, because that seems to be a growing theme in my life as of late. I think I need to see an exponential increase in employment, book sales, and corgis in order to make all of that stress go away.



Good luck, you brave writer folk!






4 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Being Broken

  1. I love the optimism of this piece. I feel good having read it. Bravo.

  2. I too love the notion that what appears to be broken, isn’t. I’ve been seen as broken and I wasn’t. This piece really got to me in the best of ways. Hope you feel better and all goes well…

  3. gahlearner says:

    This kid is an amazing character, so full of optimism and strength. I’m sure he can compare himself to the silo. Great story.

  4. Dear Michael,

    The boy’s voice is full of hope and a positive outlook. Life is often what we make it, isn’t it? Nicely done.



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