Short story birthday: "An Orb of Ice-Blue Held Aloft in a Perfect Hand"

Mermaid Audris by Phil Mac Fadden

Yesterday my short story “An Orb of Ice-Blue Held Aloft in a Perfect Hand” was published in Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. (Go listen to it! It’s only 10 minutes long!)

The story itself has quite a story behind it. Late February/early March last year, I was involved in the longest-ever strike in UK higher-education history. From long cold days on the picket lines in the snow, to the harshness of being able to do my job, it was a tough time (something I blogged about daily here, starting with Day 1). I was struggling with the disruption of my schedule, of my projects, of my identity. Then one of my friends posted the above photo on Facebook, and I commented “I wanna write that story.”

So I did.

About a week later when the local branch of the Durham UCU held a “Solidarity Salon”, I read my strike story out loud — the first time I’ve ever read any of my fiction aloud to an audience other than my daughter. Writing that story provided me with an outlet and a solace amidst a very stressful time, and I am so pleased that I was able to capture such an amazingly beautiful photo (of my amazingly beautiful friend!) in a story. That someone else liked my story enough to publish it is just the cherry on the top!

Photo credit: Mermaid Audris by Phil Mc Fadden. Follow @MermaidAudris on twitter.

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