The Hypochondriac’s Lament.

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Published: June 20, 2012
Words: 350
Language: English
Tags: sickness
About Ernest Winchester


I must in all honesty, update this entry, for I stumbled onto the magic key to post a story on Smashwords. It was operator error not one of the poltergeist that I’m sure came preloaded in my computer that prevents me from getting what I want from it. For those of you who didn’t read this bio before—which I’m sure includes the rest of the world’s population—I repeat: I am an old man who loves to write. I started decades ago—the exact number is irrelevant—on a cast iron framed manual typewriter that would now serve little purpose beyond a boat anchor. I love composing fiction on the computer, mainly because of the spell check feature. Why someone who can’t spell worth a damn wants to write, I’ll never be able to explain. I take solace in the knowledge that some well-known writers throughout history were so afflicted. However, I must confess, that is about as far as I can go into this—to me—frightening world of cyberspace. I don’t have accounts on face book (wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Almost nightly the news is filled with stories of people murdered by people they have contacted there.) I feel the same way about Myspace, a blog or personal web site. I don’t tweet or twit or what ever that is. That really seems silly--just call them and talk! So I’ll be contented to write and enjoy retirement until the final heartbeat or wayward city buss runs me over.

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Review by: Paolo M on Dec. 08, 2013 : (no rating)
the rhythm and the hammering persistence of questions are very very effective - sadly funny :) thank you for your review, ernest
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Review by: MickySmit on May 12, 2013 : star star star star
An amusing little tale. I'm with Michael Carter. It could have been longer with a greater exploration of the angst and then the climax would be cleverer. Good writing style, though.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Jan. 20, 2013 : star star star
Nice writing, and a good subject; I know I'm always thinking every little ache and pain is going to be some hideous blood clot or something. Wasn't too keen on the jokey ending, but have just realised the story is in the humour section.I would have liked the earlier paranoia explored more, but never mind. A good little read, considering the concise word-count.
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Review by: Sam Heatherley on Nov. 18, 2012 : star star star star
Been there and done it. Nice short story.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Nov. 04, 2012 : star star star star
Short and to the point. As someone fast approaching 40 I can relate to this small comic piece as little niggles and pains seem to get more serious each year.
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Review by: Javan Tenebrae on Nov. 02, 2012 : star star star star star
Well done with a logical conclusion.
BTW Thank you for pointing out an editing error in my story you reviewed. It's corrected.
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Review by: Johnny Rivas on Oct. 29, 2012 : star star star star star
Get well soon! ;)
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Review by: Lucian Carter on Oct. 18, 2012 : star star star star
As we speak my roommate has an ear infection. He's been told to stay home from work because he's highly contagious. But he's in the same bloody apartment as me and doing nothing to prevent /me/ from getting infected! Does it only affect the ear? How bad could it get? And how do I protect myself?

So I can relate to this story. The ending doesn't exactly sing but it does tie the story up well. The early part is better, really captures the emotion well.

All in all a nice piece of flash fiction.
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Review by: Manuela Cardiga on Sep. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
I do so relate!
Loved the story, but am giving the five stars for you very constructive and helpful review of my story "The Visitor".
Thank you, I've implemented some of your suggestions.
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Review by: Michaelyn Cortez on July 05, 2012 : star star star star
Made me chuckle and relate!
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Review by: Sandra Black on June 26, 2012 : star star star star
A near perfect little flash fiction piece. Nice twist at the end and beaut use of humour.
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