The Stoat

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Set in England, The Stoat is the story of a young man who joins a karate class for his own reasons. He develops a respect and love for his karate instructor. In the end, he must choose between friendship and revenge.

The Stoat placed first in the Fiction Division of an annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition and was published in Story Magazine. More
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About Inge Moore

Inge Moore studied creative writing at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Alberta. There she worked with such revered writers as Governor General's Award Winning author, Rudy Wiebe. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Guelph. Over the years she has worked as a biologist, a research scientist, an economic development officer, an office manager, an immigration officer, a writer, and a horse trainer.

Moore's short stories have been published in numerous magazines and have been broadcast on radio. She received First Prize in the 1986 Annual Writers' Digest Short Fiction Competition, out of thousands of entrants. She has several books available on Amazon, including 15 short stories, two short story collections and three novels.

Moore has spent most of her life in Canada, moving between Alberta, the Northwest Territores, and Ontario, and has also lived in Austria and Great Britain. Currently she resides in a small town in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys nature, horses, dogs, art, reading, and, of course, writing.


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Review by: myckie mouse on Feb. 27, 2012 :
excellent story. having studied karate in university, i can say it rings very true. nice twist to the ending.
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Review by: Bernard Fancher on Feb. 8, 2012 :
Excellent story, but then the first place fiction award might have been the tip-off. (Except that I downloaded this selection some time ago and forgot all about the above description, until coming back here just now to put in a few good words of my own.)

The Stoat of the title refers to the brown (imperfect) phase of the ermine weasil, as well perhaps to the protagonist; as such it serves as a clue to the reader. Perhaps I am reading too much into it, but the last line did seem to subtly emphasize the point--that purity, if not perfection, remains an elusive goal.

Well done.
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