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Tall And True Short Reads - Finding Inspiration

Tall And True Short Reads - Finding Inspiration

  12+   Episode 88 (29 February 2024): While sorting through storage boxes at home, I found an old notebook belonging to my son. It wasn't a school exercise book but something he'd jotted and doodled in as a twelve-year-old. Among its random pages was a short story he'd written in 2014 about a father who doesn't have "great ideas".

Trigger warning: This episode mentions teenage self-harm and death. Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14. 

I wrote the Finding Inspiration blog post in February 2022, eight years after my son wrote his short story about a father who doesn't have great ideas:

Many people have great ideas. My father, however, is not one of them. He is always inventing things to help us be safe that are stupid. Of his many stupid ideas, most of them have hurt us. For instance, when I was one, he made a diaper-changing machine that nearly suffocated me by putting a diaper over my face. This is my life.

As I stressed in the blog post and podcast episode, my son's story is entirely fictional because I had great ideas as a father in 2014 and still do today. And I've never made a diaper-changing machine, though that is an idea worth pursuing! 

However, after reading the story, I reflected on the inspirations for my early creative writing and shared them in the Finding Inspirations blog post.

Memories and Inspiration

I've kept many mementos and journals from my son's childhood and before I became a father. Some of these have inspired my writings on Tall And True and podcast episodes on Tall And True Short Reads. For instance, uncovering old theatre programs led to episode 78, Taking a Bow, and my travel journals inspired episodes 60, Kurd Friends in the Mountains, and 69 and 70, Two Visits to the Berlin Wall - Parts One and Two

While my now twenty-something son rarely accuses me of having "stupid ideas", he says I'm a hoarder. Perhaps he's right. But as I observed in the Story Insight for this podcast episode, I'd counter that I'm hoarding memories and inspiration!

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I hope you enjoy my inspiring blog post. You can listen to Finding Inspiration on Acast (above), the Tall And True Short Reads website, or find it and other episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and all popular podcasting apps.

You can read my short stories, blog posts and other writings on Tall And True. You can also buy my short story collections, including the latest Tall And True Microfiction anthology, from the Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo online bookstores.

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© 2024 Robert Fairhead

N.B. You might like to read the post introducing Season Four of Tall And True Short Reads.

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Robert is a writer and editor at Tall And True and blogs on his eponymous website, RobertFairhead.com. He also writes and narrates episodes for the Tall And True Short Reads storytelling podcast, featuring his short stories, blog posts and other writing from Tall And True.

Robert's book reviews and other writing have appeared in print and online media. In 2020, he published his début collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story. In 2021, Robert published his first twelve short stories for the Furious Fiction writing competition, Twelve Furious Months, and in 2022, his second collection of Furious Fictions, Twelve More Furious Months. And in 2023, he published an anthology of his microfiction, Tall And True Microfiction.

Besides writing, Robert's favourite pastimes include reading, watching Aussie Rules football with his son and walking his dog.

He has also enjoyed a one-night stand as a stand-up comic.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~ Maya Angelou

Tall And True showcases the writing — fiction, nonfiction and reviews — of a dad and dog owner, writer and podcaster, Robert Fairhead. Guest Writers are also invited to share and showcase their writing on the website.

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