Always Check Your Pockets by Dorene O’Brien
Dorene O’Brien is a Detroit-based writer and teacher who knows the difference between your and you’re but doesn’t lord it over people. Though she thinks celebrity stalking could be fun, she has tried and persistently failed to achieve more than a passing interest in anyone famous. She has won Red Rock Review’s Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award and the international Bridport Prize. She was also awarded a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and her stories have been published in special Kindle editions but her cat still doesn’t take her seriously. Her dog, however, adores her, but she also adores squirrels, sticks and America’s Funniest Videos, so there’s that. Visit her at www.doreneobrien.com and read her fiction at
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With only some 170 words this piece does tell a memorable story. Well done.
Great seeing this on FB. Presentation/start is excellent, koan-quality. Endings are always a trial! Look forward to more from Dorene!
cute – once my brother had a frog in his pocket – his grandmother put it thorugh the wash – she was not happy
I loved the phrase, “my mother collected the evidence of my disregard”! Wonderful writing.