Freshwater Literary Journal has released its 2019 issue, and I’m pleased to have my 150-word story, “Driving Home,” included. The journal, based in Connecticut, was founded in 2000 and publishes annual issues.
Out today is the inaugural issue of Splonk, an Irish e-zine founded by a group of flash fiction writers and editors. I’m awed to have my 100-word story, “Teen Dream,” share space with such talented writers as Tania Hershman, Sharon Telfer, Melissa Goode, and Sarah Freligh. Many thanks to Nuala O’Connor for her helpful edits.
In honor of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day 2019, here’s one of my tiniest micros, first published in Seven by Twenty three years ago:
She told him she wanted a diamond for her birthday, so he took her to a baseball game. Nine innings later, she was in love.
I’m not sure which thrills me more: getting my 50th story published or getting published in Ellipsis Zine. “Thirst,” my 900-word story about two ex-lovers running into each other after one has married, appears today in Ellipsis Zine, a British publication edited by the talented Steve Campbell.
Published today in NEWMAG: “Spotlight,” my 50-word prose piece about a hardworking bass guitarist. NEWMAG is a British journal based in Birmingham and edited by David Alexander.
I feel so fortunate to have published 14 stories this year. The longest was 1,900 words (“Flowers & Diamonds,” Fiction on the Web); the shortest, a mere 18 (“Midnight,” Chantarelle’s Notebook). Between those extremes: one 50-word story, four 100-word stories, four stories of 300 or 350 words, one 475-word story, one 650-word story, and a 1,000-word piece of flash fiction. The highlight of the year was Fictive Dream nominating my story “Scars” (published during Flash Fiction February) for the anthology Best Microfiction, 2018. All in all, a wonderful year.
“Just Another Night,” my flash story about a woman harboring ill will toward the last day of December and all the unrealistic expectations associated with it, has been published this week as part of the Fairlight Books 2018 Winter Stories series. Based in Oxford, England, Fairlight Books seeks to “find new ways to re-connect readers with good writing and beautiful books.” Special thanks to editor Urska Vidoni.
Sonic Boom has released its fourth anniversary issue, which includes my 100-word story “True Colors.” The journal, based in India and founded by Shloka Shankar, publishes three issues a year.
“Three Little Words,” my 100-word story about a barista and her favorite customer, appears in the first issue of Pixel Heart Literary Magazine. Chloe Smith created the publication “to showcase writing…created with heart, online.” The issue’s theme is love.
“Rewind,” my 650-word story about long-lost lovers meeting up again at a high school reunion, appears in the first issue of Paper Trains Literary Journal. The publication was founded by Meg Shenoy and gets its name from the idea that “life is an exciting ride.”