If you know anything about me and my online reading habits or if you’ve paid a little bit of attention to the Go Read Something posts I’ve shared over the course of this blog, you know how strong my devotion and love is to Smokelong Quarterly.
Which is why I’m completely thrilled that a story of mine was accepted by them a few months ago!
“A Smooth Shallow Cut” first appeared as a weekly featured story back in January and now it’s in their most recent issue for spring, Issue No. 55. Also in the issue is an (only slightly awkward) interview with me.
My story appearing in Smokelong is definitely a highlight of my writing life so far. And the other stories rounding out this issue are great, making it all the better! Check the issue out if you like!
A lot of flash fiction relies on the “punch” ending. There is sometimes a strange twist. An unexpected outcome. Or just something that blindsides the reader. Sometimes these work, and sometimes they feel a bit contrived.
And, sometimes, they are so subtle and unexpected, and the foundation is so well written and established, that the ending almost leaves you breathless. That’s the case for this week’s selection.
Go read “Everything in this House is Crooked” by Alisha Karabinus, published in Smokelong Quarterly.
If you haven’t realized yet, SmokeLong Quarterly is one of my favorite journals. They really do find and publish some of the greatest work being written today. Some of the best flash fiction I’ve read in the past couple of years has been in their journal, and this particular story is no exception.
Check out Chase Burke’s “The Baseball Bat.”
I love it when a story speaks to me on a personal level. I love it when I can identify so completely and heartbreakingly with the narrator for whatever reason.
This story is amazing in so many ways. It plays with time. It plays with memory. It plays with the way we reflect on our pasts and how we wish for changes that we can’t make. Not to mention it portrays childhood in the late ’80s with pitch-perfect accuracy.
Go. Read. Enjoy!
“Egg Toss, August 1989” written by Meagan Cass and published in SmokeLong Quarterly.