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I’m so proud to be joining 7 other authors at Why There Are Words next Thursday. The theme of the night is Sugar, and the reading features several authors from Best Small Fictions 2016.
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This fall two new pieces of “small fiction” of mine were published by KYSO Flash, in Edition #6. Very happy to share these with the world! “Marcus” was born of a writing prompt of “crass,” so, just letting you know… I combined it with the voice of a character I dreamed of, one of those nights when I doze off around 3 am.
The other story, “Carried and Missed,” is a case of condensing. I have about 200 pages written about the narrator of this story, and I’ve sliced her out of my novel in progress. Perhaps she will get her own book. At the moment, I am interested in seeing if I can condense several of her episodes into flash. (Hmm, maybe I should try for a novel in flash — I saw a contest for “flash novels” of up to 7000 words with 10-15 chapters, recently.)
One thing I think about a lot is how to make flash sufficiently evocative to carry a punch in a small package yet surprising and fresh. I find that there is economy in using some familiar tropes, so people can quickly fill in the background, especially when writing stories of say 20 words or less. Yet I want to avoid cliche. I am not entirely sure I succeeded in avoiding cliche in “Carried and Missed,” at least as regards the affair. But I hope the other imagery in the piece lands true.
Best Small Fictions 2016 has been published and is available through your favorite bookstore, local and Indy or otherwise.
I can’t wait to read it… But as I am travelling in Spain and my copies of the book are waiting for me at home, I have to wait one more week.
It has been encouraging to see positive reviews on Goodreads and several blogs. If you, dear reader, feel so inclined to review the book on Powell’s, Goodreads or Amazon, or anywhere else in the online or print universe, I’d be enormously grateful.
Stuart Dybek, the guest editor of Best Small Fictions 2016, which includes my story “Carnivores” just gave a terrific interview to The Rumpus. He talks about writing flash fiction and what makes it work, among other things. Check it out!
So thrilled that my story “Carnivores” is included in this Anthology! And proud that of the many excellent works nominated for various prizes, mine was one of only two that was selected (for Best Small Fictions 2016, edited by Stuart Dybek).
I’m very much enjoying reading the other works in this Anthology as well — anyone interested in hybrid poem/prose forms might be especially interested in the haibun selections here, and there are some stunning works of flash and micro fiction, too.
You can order a copy here: http://www.kysoflash.com/Anthology.aspx
So happy that my story “Carnivores,” first published by KYSO Flash (No. 4) in 2015 has been picked up by Queen’s Ferry Press for The Best Small Fictions 2016. Edited by Stuart Dybek, no less! Much gratitude to series editor, Tara Masih, and to my editor at KYSO Flash, Clare MacQueen, who nominated the story. And of course, to Stuart Dybek who chose to include it!
Cover art for The Best Small Fictions 2016