Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jolene McIlwain's "Seed to Full" at

As promised, or at least mentioned, I am hoping to be putting up more story links here and at least today I am making good on my intention. Here is a link to a story by Jolene McIlwain at,entitled "Seed to Full". I'm not going to analyze it or critique it, but I will mention that the author's reflections on writing it come after, which answered or echoed many of my impressions. Check it out HERE..

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Heartbreaker" by Maryse Meijer

I get an email from the writing magazine Poets & Writers every so often. Yesterday's was titled "Preview the Summer's Best Debut Fiction". I opened it rather idly, as, now that I'm not in the book business, I rarely know what's up and coming until it's down and gone.

It was quite a surprise, then, to see that the featured piece was a story by a writer I know--friend and former co-worker Maryse Meijer. I knew her book, a collection of short stories also called Heartbreaker, was due out, but it was still impressive to see the title story on their website.

"Heartbreaker" is an edgy story, effectively done. It will likely make you uncomfortable, as it's meant to, but you've had fair warning.

Here is the link to the Poets & Writers website, where you can read or even listen to the story.

Congratulations, Maryse!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Paul D. Brazilll's Friday Flash

If you like your flash fiction gritty, you could do a whole lot worse than checking out Paul D. Brazill's Friday flash fictions right now.

Just saying.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

"The Show-Off" and other stories at FlashFlood

I posted about this at my more frequently used blog, Confessions of Ignorance, but I thought I'd mention it here as well, because I'm going to add it to the links here. I was motivated by an online writing group I'm in to come up with something for Flashflood in honor of the British National Flash Fiction Day. I thought at first I hadn't qualified, but then at the last minute it turned out I had, which was something of a relief, as I've been getting a fair share of rejections lately.

My story "The Show-off" appears right near the end. You can find it HERE

Here are the names of others from the writing group that participated in the challenge, in case you feel like you'd like a way to sort through the many entries. I enjoyed all of them. 

 Jude Higgins--"Electric"

Paul Beckman--"Contraband"