97 Special Moments In Life's Exquisite Simplicity
In 2015 I heard about a local (Brisbane) competition for flash fiction, something I’d never heard of before. It was for the best short story under 50 words. I didn’t win the competition and, knowing that nothing is wasted and everything counts, I asked my muses why I had done this. Three days later, the thought occurred that I could write a book of short stories. Since I was born in 1953, I - or was it my muses? - decided to write a book of 53 53-word stories ... and then a book of 97 97-word stories ... here they are for your enjoyment.
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The perfect gift, 97 SMILES is about life – your life, my life, our lives – and its tiny stories address the big questions of the human condition and tell of our simple greatness, our foibles and how to let go of the need to be something for somebody else. This book, then, has many uses:
Short and to the point yet insightful. The stories within can be read at face value but if contemplated at depth can provide insights to the spirit of who we are as humans. Like the signposts in life hopefully the stories contained in 53 words can help you move in a direction and place to finding joy. Some are comical some are not but all provide the reader with a plethora of ideas to ponder.
~ Julian Harvey, career consultant
A collection of 97 smiles, just as the title promises. Some make you think, some have endings which surprise and others make you laugh out loud. In today’s world of constant hustle and bustle, this is a short and thought-provoking read. The stories are written with care, creativity and utilising strong descriptors which immediately draw in the reader. An enjoyable collection of stories!
~ Tia Mitsis, author of A Greek Odyssey.