Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April's Theme by Mary Waibel

Welcome to the Lightning Quick Reads blog where our authors showcase short stories on a monthly theme. Last month we all had a lot of fun with the theme of LUCK, both good luck and bad. This month, we’ll be sharing tales about NEW GROWTH.


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

~Napoleon Hill

Spring is finally here. At least that’s what the calendar says, even if Mother Nature doesn’t quite seem to agree! When I think of spring, I think of melting snow, warmer days, and the first flowers pushing their way up through the ground to display their blooms.

Thinking of things growing reminds me of how characters change throughout a story. How the struggles and triumphs they face make them stronger (or weaker) leaving them a different (if only slightly) person at the end.

This month I’ll be sharing a tale of a princess on a quest to become queen. More than her station will change in this lightning quick read.

How will my fellow authors interpret the theme of growth? Will they write about someone rising up from the ashes to a better life, like Cinderella? Or will it be more simple. A person with a change in routine? Or a soccer player playing a new position that pushes them outside of their comfort zone and helps them grow as a player?

You’ll have to stop back during the month to see what we’ve all done with the theme.

Be sure to come back on the 19th to share your thoughts in our discussion on growth. And again on the 25th to share your own flash fiction on the theme of NEW GROWTH.

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