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Binoculars – Short Story

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Here is my short story for today’s Friday Fiction post – “Binoculars”. Typo hunters, welcome. If you like my work, check out my fiction collection, Crushes.


I liked his binoculars hanging down his back. One of the eye pieces was missing a cap. I touched the cold dark green metal and told him I liked them. He turned around, backed his head up, and stuffed his hands in his pockets. He smiled and went about is day, picking up a box of oatmeal, some Tums, and a bag of disposable razors. When he looked at me, I picked up a set of razors, too. He didn’t smile that time. I walked faster than him to get ahead. In the self-checkout, his card wouldn’t work. I tapped his shoulder, careful not to touch his binoculars. When he turned his head to look at me, his binoculars bounced against his arm. I told him I’d buy his stuff if he’d let me look through his binoculars. I held out my bag with the razors in it. He looked behind him, beside him, and then handed the binoculars to me. My bag crumpled against his leg as I brought the lenses to my eyes. Save big. Lights and skin. Speckles of denim. Surgeon general warning. The rims of someone’s glasses. Gray concrete. My plastic of my bag of razors crinkled in his squeeze. 

When I handed the binoculars back to him, he asked me what I saw. I said the most. He said interesting and held out my bag of razors. I told him to keep them. He sat them on the bagging area. The people in line behind us coughed. I took my razors home. 




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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