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New short story, “Encouragement”

by Jeff Fleischer

As part of a collaboration on my friend Esther’s blog, I wrote a piece called “Encouragement.” All the stories for this collab begin with the same one-line prompt.

An excerpt:

“I don’t want to talk about it!”

“Not this again,” his mother said. Wendy knew from her first two progeny that it was important to encourage a child’s creativity. She also knew that there was a fine line between that encouragement and cementing bad habits. Her oldest’s brief dalliance with clown college probably could have been stopped in its infancy.

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