A broken alarm clock, a coffee cup, a scab on the knee. These are some of the details I used to show a child's quietly disturbed world in my story, "We Do What We Can Do," in this month's issue of Colored Chalk.
The hub of the story is a scene from my childhood, walking late into school, feeling so small while the teachers on their coffee break eyed me with detached interest.
Were you ever the center of attention, in a negative way? There's a story for you to write.