Tuesday Tale: Blink by Sabrina Hicks

I’ve been reviewed by The Great FF — my go to place for good fiction! She has recommended more books to me than the NYT Bestseller list. It’s an honor and a privilege to make an appearance on her site. I have learned so much reading her reviews: how to avoid plot holes, stale characterization, as well as, what constitutes an excellent read. Review reading is critical for any writer, and FF doesn’t miss anything, or let an author get away with sloppy writing, so it is with great honor, and a slight amount of fear, I share her gracious review of my short story. One day, I hope it shall be a book, and she will remember our friendship enough to gloss over any deficiencies, though I doubt it! ☺ Thank you, FF!

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Usually I fill this Tuesday slot with ‘genre’ stories – horror, sci-fi, detective fiction. But there are also many great short stories that don’t fall into one of these genres, so today I’m adding a new category, simply called Tales.

One of the real joys of blogging for me is meeting some of the hugely talented people who inhabit the blogosphere. Today I’m delighted to be featuring Sabrina Hicks, whom many of you will know better under her blog nom-de-plume – desertdweller. Her short story, Blink, has won the Grand Prize in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, so it seems a perfect choice to be the inaugural…


by Sabrina Hicks

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When the rain came that morning and didn’t stop until final period, I knew it would be a long bus ride home. It hadn’t rained that hard since…

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Tale: Blink by Sabrina Hicks

  1. FictionFan

    It’s my pleasure and my honour to highlight your fab story! And thank you so much for all those lovely compliments 😀 As you know, I’m pretty honest even when reviewing friends’ writing, so please believe my 5 star review is completely meant and as objective as I could be. I have a real issue with a lot of contemporary short story writing because they often feel fragmentary – more character sketches than stories. What I liked about yours was that there was so much packed into such a short space – character, sense of place, beginning, middle and end. Not a word wasted! The first of many successes for you, I’m certain…

    1. Desert Dweller

      Thanks again, FF. It means a lot coming from you BECAUSE I know nothing gets past you! When it comes to literature, you don’t miss a thing, which is why authors should be a little nervous, but completely thrilled if they’re fortunate enough to get your 5 smiles-seal-of-approval! Being terrified of “the FF rip” is motivation enough to put your best work forward! 🙂

  2. Debbie

    Ah, this is BIG, y’all! Congrats again, DD, on winning the grand prize — well deserved, in my humble opinion! — and FF, as always, an outstanding review! So proud to “know” BOTH of you!!

  3. thefeatheredsleep

    The Great FF is truly a gifted reviewer and I can see why it would mean a lot – I also think she has the best taste because like the rest of us she thinks you are a force to be reckoned with.
    So often we hear about the ‘next great writer’ and after a while it seems like everything has been said and done before, nobody is special, nothing is unique.
    I thought that too and then I started reading your poetry and I realized, nope, someone can blow your mind just as much as 500 years ago when hardly anyone existed and so much had not yet been said. Because it’s how you say it. And you have that art, that gift, that ability, to stir in your reader, a need to know, a hunger for YOUR words. It is the art of the writer and the poet (as you are both) and it is a very, very rare gift. Sure, many can write a good poem, but to consistently make someone follow your words with anticipation, nope, not many can do that. You can. That’s how I knew before we ever even talked that you WOULD be an author and writer. It isn’t a choice, it’s your destiny and your path. Your dad knew that, and now I, your friend who shall believe in you every year of your life, knows that. I am so damn proud of you S, and I always knew this was your road, because you are made of starlight.

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