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Robin Ferrier works in the Office of Communications at the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She is also the Vice Chair of the Gaithersburg Book Festival and a published fiction author. Prior to working at NIH, she spent 6 years working for Johns Hopkins University. She also worked... Read more

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A Challenge to Readers: Help Me Rediscover My Passion

photo pen, pencil and coffeeIf you’ve read my bio, you know that I have a master’s degree in writing and am a published author. (My publications include a short story in “Enhanced Gravity,” a short story in Gargoyle magazine, and a short story in “District Lines.”)

But the truth is, despite my passion for writing, I don’t write enough. It was easy when I was in graduate school or had a writing group. Then, there were deadlines to meet. Now, there are just what seems like a million other things competing for my attention — my daughter, my dog, my full-time job, my volunteer gig (Gaithersburg Book Festival), my house…

So now, I want to take advantage of being a Furloughed Fed to get back to what I love: my writing.

Sure, this blog is one way. It is writing. But my first love is fiction writing.

So I’m issuing a challenge to my (few) readers… help me find my way back.

Go to the comments section below and post a first line or a quirky character name to get me started, an unusual item you’d like me to incorporate into a story, or anything else that you think will stir my creative juices. I’ll choose one (or more) to inspire a new piece of flash fiction (1,000 words or fewer), and I’ll post the resulting stories to this blog.

In the meantime, well, I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

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Robin Ferrier

About Robin Ferrier

Robin Ferrier is the Vice Chair of the Gaithersburg Book Festival. She has had three short stories published in anthologies and literary journals and had a play performed in Source theater's 10 Minute Play Competition. She has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.


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