My story “Not Close” is now up at The Adroit Journal. Alas, it’s a bit of a process to get to the story. You have to go to the Current Issue link, copy and paste a URL into your browser, then download the PDF of the issue. And then you have to find my story among the 84 pages. (Hint: It begins on page 44.) If I can get my crack technical team to show me how to make a better, more direct link, I will. After a sufficient time I will post the story in the sidebar.
The download is free, but the Journal suggests a donation to Free the Children. Supporting this worthy charity is the mission of the publication. You might consider making a donation.
This is my first, and only, piece of flash fiction. I wrote it more than two years ago and shopped it around with lackluster results until The Adroit Journal picked it up. I’ve been skeptical of flash as a form of fiction. I’m not sure what is gained by deleting and compressing a story so. As I’ve said here several times, half the tale is in the telling, and it seems as though flash fiction eliminates the telling.
But in retrospect, as I read the story again from the distance of time, I can see how a lot of the story is implied when it is told this way. I think it can create intrigue for the reader, which can make the story richer.
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