This week, flax-golden tales is one year old.

This is a flax-golden tales anniversary post.  I might add a photo of a cupcake to it later, once I get around to baking cupcakes. The cupcakes are for my birthday, tomorrow, but I can share.

For anyone who might be new to the blog or hasn’t clicked over to the informative flax-golden page, flax-golden tales are photographs by my lovely & talented friend Carey Farrell accompanied by original ten-sentence short stories by me. New tales have been posted every Friday since July 10th, 2009.

You can read the entire archive here. They are also posted on

To date, there are 52 tales, in 520 sentences and approximately 6,800 words.

I really didn’t know what would happen beyond the first two or three tales, and the evolution and diversity of them has been a pleasant surprise.

I had considered stopping after a year, but Carey keeps taking fabulous photographs, and I think they’re still a good flash-fiction type exercise for my brain, and they’re great fun to write.

I’m going to keep them going for at least another year. After that, we’ll see.

It’s hard to choose, but so far I think my personal favorites are:

buoyant solidarity

in tandem



excerpt from a notebook found in the woods near what used to be I-93

Do you have a favorite tale? Inquiring minds want to know. And if there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about flax-golden tales, now’s the time to ask.

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clovia · July 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I did like the one a couple weeks ago with Dad fixing up antique machines with a little something extry.

Of the photographs, the laughing Buddha (or Hotei?) in the snow always makes me smile.

Happy Flax-Golden Anniversary!

What’s that one–paper? Or fountain pens?

    erin · July 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you!

    Flax seed oil, maybe? I do get a lot of spam for flax-related products.

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