The Author

I grew up next to a fire-station on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I remember watching many sunsets to the sound of a wailing siren. To this day I find the sound of sirens comforting. Our family ultimately moved upstate and my brother and I spent the next few years running around the woods like little monkeys. We carry scars to this day left by battling each other with sticks.

I started writing back then, sending a synopsis to Marvel comics when I was 12. It came back with red pen marks from one of their editors. I was overjoyed to see evidence that someone had read it. His last line was “Very impressive presentation- but if you have a word processor, use it. There are too many typos.”

I wound up in Europe for high school, getting good grades but climbing down a rope from my dorm room on a regular basis to meet up with my friends for mischief in empty barns on moonlit Alpen meadows. After snow and Swiss chocolate, enjoyed all the while with a shaved head and steel cap boots, I went to art school in Chicago.

In Chicago I learned to paint. I also took a writing class taught by David Sedaris. The first class he had us all write our names in crayon on colored construction paper leaves and pin them to our shirts. I almost walked out. But even in my teenage delirium I knew this was something to stick around for.

My junior year brought me to Germany. My alcoholic painting professor in Berlin said he hoped there was no problem with my German because there were already so many problems with my paintings. The next week he came back, having forgot he said any of this, and praised everything.

Having broken up with my German girlfriend and needing an escape route I ended up in San Francisco with my brother. There I created art for video games for several years, living the life of a charlatan since I never played video games.

Together with a girl I met in Sausalito I escaped to Los Angeles. We got married in Santorini, Greece in a suite where you could dive into the pool from the bedroom and swim outside to a view of the caldera. It rained for our outdoor reception dinner but everyone said this boded well for our marriage.

In Los Angeles I wrote and directed a few short films before discovering I was a born Production Designer. Something that, unlike working on video games, came completely naturally to me as though I’d been doing it my whole life. But I still found myself writing stories whenever I had a minute: un-belabored bursts directly from my subconscious mind. I created the very short fiction blog so I could do one every day and be reminded of what creativity should be, when you get your head out of it and just go.

-Tom Lisowski


  1. Posted May 4, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    What a pleasant find! I’ve been meandering hither and thither for a while looking for a collection like this. I’ll be here for a while.

    I publish 60-second stories about change on my blog ( One a week since January this year. I feel we may be on a similar page. What do you think?

    More please.


  2. Posted July 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Love your blog, you’re awesome that’s all….

  3. Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    What can I say? I liked your blog very much. You style is very pleasant. Amazing how you manage to keep it running for so long. I hope I can do the same.


  4. Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Like your stories – very interesting – your diligence in keeping it up to date is inspiring!!

  5. Tom Lisowski
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I really appreciate all of your comments Daniel, Renee, Gustavo and Leah! And I enjoy reading your writing as well…

  6. Posted May 18, 2015 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful blog! I thoroughly enjoyed your well-written posts. Would you mind if I include your site to the bloglist on my website?

  7. Tom Lisowski
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks Andrea! And yes, please do. I’m very interested to check out your stories as well…

  8. Posted May 22, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    We really enjoy your stories, they make our day ! Your style and loyalty are to be admired !!

  9. Tom Lisowski
    Posted June 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Aleka and Shigeru!

  10. Debra R
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Just landed on your site today and three stories in-am hooked. Thank you!

  11. Posted December 24, 2015 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I like your stories. We are running a short story portal where we are publishing short stories on different genres daily.

    You can contribute your short stories here, it will get huge audience.

    Short Stories – Life is a story


  12. Posted April 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Flash fiction like this is awesome! It’s great for people with rampant adhd especially! I’m also doing a short story blog, though I tend to hover around the 2000 word mark. I’d love to hear feedback though I only have a couple stories so far.

  13. Posted November 15, 2016 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    When we face a good write, doesn’t matter when it was written – if it was ten or three years ago – it is still good, because of the smoothness and the well crafted sentences! I’m glad I’ve found your blog!

  14. James B
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Love reading personal life stories like this, even if it is fictional. The way the sentences flow in this text always leading on to something entirely different. I could just have kept on reading pages upon pages more.

    I give people the opportunity to publish short fictional or non-fictional stories like this on my site –

    Keep on writing more stories!

  15. Posted October 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    These were a joy to read. We publish 200 word short stories

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