Quarantine Writer’s Block Short Story by L.H. Westerlund

I’m excited to share the winning short story composed by L.H. Westerlund written for the contest associated with Quarantine Writer’s Block: Exercise 1. This short story seized an every day object sitting on the desk and turned it into a curiosity adventure. Enjoy!

Image by L.H. Westerlund

It looked inconspicuous. It looked like a hair accessory, that was the only way to put it. A soft fabric circle curled around an elastic, meant to be used to tie your hair up. It was made with half grey, half pink but in matching white-plaited fabrics and it stretched readily around the cord inside if pulled at.

But it lay on the working desk of the single most prized student of the greatest crafts magician of all time – well, excepting the mentioned disciple if the master was to be believed. And perhaps he unceremoniously should be.

The delicate, almost invisible white pattern going across the two colours, the gentle curve of the fabric and the hidden stitches from where it had been sewn together told nothing about the power it might hide within. The fabric was soft and felt maybe slightly warm to the touch, but was it all a trick of the mind? Was this merely something the crafter had left behind, dislodged accidentally by a hand running through her long hair as she worked?

Or was it the product of some new spell? An artifact of unspeakable power using magic most mortals could only dream of wistfully? Who knew what magic it could contain!

The fabric item lay there peacefully, mocking with its secrets. There was no way to tell. None at all… except perhaps… A shout.

“Kiera! What’s that on your desk?!”


L.H. Westerlund

L. H. Westerlund is a Nordic author, engineer and playwright living in London. She is currently working on several new novels, including “The End of Elena Heart” which will be available at the end of the summer, and a sequel to the children’s-series “The Truth About Monsters”.

Her author website is The Literature Goddess. You can also connect with her via Twitter or Smashwords.

Her first book, University Strange or My Strange Life Amongst Academics is available for purchase now. If you would like a preview, the first chapter is available through the publisher’s website here.

Quarantine Writing T-Shirts Prize Discussion

In my previous post I created a writing contest. I decided to make t-shirts because I wanted t-shirts for me. I want to be able to offer a prize (the t-shirt or something with funds raised with them) to authors that submit amazing stories. There’s a poll about that here. There are three campaigns and none of them have a minimum purchase to print.

Writing in Quarantine

Not everyone is writing during Stay At Home Orders. Reading and Editing are important parts of the writing process.

Editing in Quarantine

Reading In Quarantine

I’m not interested in making money off of these t-shirts. I wanted 3 t-shirts, then realized they might make good prizes or help fund cool prizes. What do you want in exchange for writing short stories using my weird methods for navigating writer’s block that I’d post on here? Don’t forget to vote in that poll re: t-shirts.

I can also design tote bags, hats, mugs, and face masks according to Bonfire’s website, so there’s some flexibility on what I can make as a prize.

Other items I can throw in for cool prizes: random second hand copies of books I think every person should read. Porcelain teeth. A 100% unique handmade item that may or may not be pretty.

I’m bored and craving human connection. This contest is giving me human connection. Thank you.