“Riddle Hatch” published at Page & Spine

My flash story “Riddle Hatch” features a sphinx egg, a strong aunt, and her curious nephew.  You can read it now at Page & Spine’s Outta This World page. 

I wrote this during a quick writing exercise at the PDX Writers retreat I attended before COVID-19.  Our retreat leader, Jennifer Springsteen, produced three items from a bag and passed them around:  a metallic tool, an egg-shaped stone, and a sculpture of a person in a despondent position.  Then we had 15 minutes to incorporate all three into a piece.  It was a great challenge for me to get out of my own way, throw words down, and try to wrap everything up quickly.  I completed the rough draft in the nick of time.