About Amber


I live in the Northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, D.C. with my husband and kids. With the exception of pieces written specifically for stories space contests, the stories and poems I post on here have generally not been well received elsewhere, and I am looking for honest feedback on them so I can learn how to write more effectively.

Amber Fernie
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Northern VA, Virginia, United States
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22 Jan 2021 13:45
good food, positive discourse, Bible study, reading, writing, watching movies
Favorite Books:
Mere Christianity, Survivor, Darkness Visible, The Metamorphosis, The World According to Garp, The Dark Tower Series, The Song of Ice and Fire Series
Favorite Authors:
C.S. Lewis, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Stephen King, John Irving
Favorite Movies:
Magnolia, Taxi Driver, The Big Lebowski, Harold and Maude, Secretary, I Spit On Your Grave
Favorite Music:
Weezer, Billy Joel, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Alanis Morissette, Barenaked Ladies


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The Last Summer Before Life

The red bathing suit stood out from all the others, its modest cut being a departure from the scant bikinis dominating the poolside. I noticed the girl wearing it from under an umbrella. She moved with ease in and out of the water, shoulders glistening with whatever oil she’d rubbed into them. As for me, I rarely emerged from my shaded little corner, lest my pale skin burn and blister. I...

Added 16 Aug 2018 | Category Young Adult | Votes 6 | Avg Score 4.83 | Views 592 | 5 Comments

Loved Ones

Ashley awoke in the middle of the night to find fifteen missed calls on her phone. Her first instinct was to wake Bill, but as she reached for him, she had an alarming thought. Wasn’t he on call last night? Ashley allowed her hand to hover briefly, indulging a momentary false assurance. Upon touching her husband, she sighed in uneasy relief as the faces of a dozen people she loved...

Added 02 Feb 2017 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 686 | 2 Comments


Earl Powell pushed a shopping cart filled with two huge bags of dog food up to the counter. He also had three pouches of bacon-flavored treats, several packages of flea treatments, and boxes and boxes of little blue bags. There was very little in the cart for his own use; just a can of beans, a loaf of bread, and a jar of peanut butter. His needs were pretty simple, but he had a lot of...

Added 18 Jan 2014 | Category General | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 765 | 6 Comments

Hours Before Dawn

Implacable thoughts Like a slow dripping leak Like the drone of an alarm just out of reach Too persistent to let me sleep Too soon, I think morning has come, and rise The steady trill of rumination follows me through a mirrorless house to a set of drapes Taking a breath, I throw them aside bracing for too much light But what greets me is stellar beauty An expanse of dark...

Added 04 Dec 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,034 | 3 Comments


I'm lying on the floor of our rec-room, watching cartoons. I'm about eight years old and this is pretty much all I do on a Saturday morning. I hear the front door slam, a familiar sound, and glance up only when I realize that my father is coming down the stairs of our split-level home. He peeks over the railing at me, and says, "Come on..." He is sweaty, and covered with grass clippings....

Added 14 Oct 2013 | Category Memoirs | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 976 | 3 Comments

What's Good for the Grifter

My name is Marcus Diamond. Some people ask if that's my real name, and I just tell them sure it is, if I want it to be. See, there are two kinds of people in the world - those with, and those without. I was born without. But you just watch. I'm going to be with someday. So my name suits me, even if nobody knows it yet. I'm a diamond in the rough. I've been on the grift since I was...

Added 16 Jun 2013 | Category Humor | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,425 | 6 Comments

Editor's Pick True Illumination

True Illumination There was once a lush and beautiful forest teeming with life, and any who passed through it felt refreshed and cheerful. Its borders stretched all the way from the village of Terrapacia, on the west, to the great waters of Undalar, on the East, and every time the people of the village held a wedding, or a feast, or a celebration of any kind, they held it in the forest. ...

Added 20 Feb 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 11 | Avg Score 4.73 | Views 2,012 | 13 Comments

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