This Drabble, a story exactly 100 words long, was published by Friday Flash Fiction. It’s a tale of an unnecessary medical procedure. Unnecessary because, well, that would be a spoiler.
What events would occur in the preliminary phases before time travel was perfected? To me, the electronic transmission of messages through time would be developed before a living creature or an object crossed that threshold. At least that’s the premise for this short story. Published by Theme of Absence Magazine, they were also quite kind to do an author interview.
Those who expect something speculative will find this a change of pace, a sweet story about a little girl and her auntie. This short story was first published in July 2018 by Ariel Chart.
The Sleep Game
by DL Shirey
This is wrong, stealing money from Aunt Maybelle. At month’s end, no less, when choices get made by the day, by what’s needed most. Like last night, Mom shuffled the pile of envelopes on the kitchen table. “Pay that,” said Mom and tossed it with ones that had big red-stamped words. “Not that,” as she put the envelope on the taller stack.
Here at Aunt Maybelle’s, choices are different. “Child, bring me my pills,” and I do. It’s a long plastic holder—sort of like my pencil box—with snaps covering divides, each decorated with letters like M, T, W. Auntie chooses not to take all the pills under F. And this morning she saved the bowl of dry cereal Mom and I brought her. She hasn’t eaten yet.
Writing thank you notes is a lost art, one I only found after marrying my wife. Sometimes it’s a point of conflict between us, as this story shows. Published in Gravel.
38 new entries on The Short List this month. Over three dozen more places to send your shorter short stories and flash fiction. As creative as the writers are whose work appears in these journals, I am quite amused with the titles of the publications themselves. New to the list this month are three journals that ampersand fun words together. First is Bourbon & Blood, which accepts up to 3,000 words, as long they’re “hard, gritty and raw.” Rhythm & Bones tops submissions at 1,500 words and prefers minimalist work: “the bare bones of literature.” Wyrd & Wyse is also in the 3,000-word category and prefers submissions from those who “identify as woman/femme/genderfluid/non-binary and a witch.” Yes, everyone will find a place to send their writing among the 800+ listings.
Nestled within a forest of pieces in The Writers’ Cafe Magazine is my flash fiction. Walk quietly or you might frighten it. The theme of Issue 11 is “Into The Woods” and you’ll find an amazing amount of quality poems and stories to read.
Zeroflash published my story on the stand alone flash pieces page of their website. It’s the story of a photo found in the trash and a remembrance of the moment it was taken.
You will need to scroll down a few stories to find it.