Hey. As most of you already know and others will realize soon enough, these are very anxious times. Running behind is the norm. Having too much to do has become our way of life. If seems like you’ll never ever get caught up, welcome to my world.
Do you know what you need? You need a break. Not a two-week vacation. Just a little one here and there, in the middle of the day or night if you’re having trouble sleeping. One that doesn’t involve indulging yourself with empty calories or mindless television. Or that’s too expensive and more trouble than it’s worth.
Well, this is it. The next time you feel the need to throw cold water on your brain, read one of these. They’re short, mildly addictive but in a good way, involve no depressing or scary news and no meaningless chitchat with co-workers or your supervisor – and they might just change the way you think and the work you do for the better.
And do want to know the really cool thing? Like the title of this column says, “Except for a few details,” they’re all true stories. …Well, not really. Or are they? Hm. Either way, there will be new ones every week. Read a few and watch what happens. And then get back to work. The more you read, the longer the effect will last.
This fifth installment is called “Creative Running.” It’s a short-short story about a writer who enjoys the creative effect of an early morning run along the normally quiet streets of his suburban neighborhood. If you like what you read and would like to see previously published short-short stories, just click on the tab above the headline, “Except for a few details…”
Go to LesterRay.com for some free and very inexpensive fiction for middle grade and young adult readers – and for adults who haven’t grown up yet and probably never will. Because, trust me, being mature is way over-rated.
By the way, I’m looking for an agent. If you are or know a good one who might be interested, have her/him send me an email to Contact@LesterRay.com. Thanks!
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Les Cohen is a long-term Marylander, having grown up in Annapolis. Professionally, he writes and edits materials for business and political clients from his base of operations in Columbia, Maryland. He has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Economics. Leave a comment or feel free to send him an email to Les@Writeaway.us.