Flashes of Splashes

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Water, water everywhere.

An unusual filtration system…
A ‘No Swimming’ sign worth heeding…
A frightened girl fetching water for her mother…

Bubbles or ice…
Saltwater or fresh…
Wide-open seas or places more arid…

And storms raging on the horizon…

Refreshing and delightful, you never know what might be lurking below the surface in this collection of 31 aqueous tales.

Dive right in!

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Flashes of Magic: a flash fiction collection


Unquenchable passion.
Unexpected visitors.
Unparalleled works of art.
Unwavering focus.
The unrelenting drive to be, to know, to create, or to love.

Author Elizabeth McCleary presents 11 stories rooted in the reality you know, but with a taste of otherness that makes each a compelling and magical look at the world around us.

An obsessive sculptor creates her perfect man.
An unflappable paralegal finds the perfect loophole.
A seeker of fortune discovers what has true value.
A zombie outbreak generates an unavoidable urge.
An abused woman overcomes with the help of a special friend.
A cancer patient makes a life-altering connection.
An irritated sister bests her little brother.
A paranormal enthusiast finds an unexpected anomaly.
A determined hunter sets an illegal trap.
An angry office worker avoids her nemesis.
A heartbroken musician loses his hearing.

Finding Light: a short story



Lost in the dark, an adventurer finds he has the power to change the world.

This story was originally published in Holly Lisle’s The Adventure of Creation under the name Amy Padgett.

New Skin: a flash fiction collection

A curious security guard breaks the rules.
An aggressive scavenger tracks a magical hoard.
A zealous petitioner asks a question.
A cursed princess learns the truth.
An introverted fairy defies her sisters.
A repulsive priest breaks his solitude.
Six bite-sized stories pursue connections both unique and mundane, proving that ugly is only skin deep, and affinity doesn’t always seek its own.

The Adventure of Creation


Adventures and Creativity can be found everywhere as the 35 short stories of this anthology show. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation.

Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a unicorn quilt, defeat bank robbing super-villains with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.

In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher, Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres.

Note: My story in this anthology is published under the name Amy Padgett.