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Friday Feature ~ “Rebecca Finds Her Way”

April 23, 2021

This odd little story came to me on some suburban street in Little Rock more than a decade ago. My wife and I were visiting our son, who was living there at the time, and he showed us this new-fangled GPS device he had that not only showed him how to get to any chosen location but actually spoke to him, giving directions on where to turn, how far to go, and things like that. Pretty high-tech at the time.

We used that thing the entire long weekend we were with him, and there must have been a few times when we disobeyed because this was the first time I heard the word “recalculating” used in this sense. If we missed a turn, for example, the little device said it was “recalculating” a new route for us. And I wondered if the little device, which was programmed with a woman’s voice, grew annoyed when we didn’t follow her directions. The story “Rebecca Finds Her Way” grew from that.

In my story, the GPS device is in league with Rebecca’s controlling boyfriend, and it’s leading her to their new apartment. But as she gets closer to her destination, she begins having second thoughts about the relationship and disobeys the device, which rebukes her. Rebecca then finds a satisfying solution to the situation.

Because of its slightly fantastic premise, I thought it might be a good fit for Mirror Dance, which has published my earlier story “The Manuscript.” I sent it to the editor who promptly accepted it.

I’ve never considered myself a fantasy writer, and if I did lean that way I would be more attempting magical realism, but I was pleased with this little story then and now as I re-read it.

Rebecca finds a home

October 15, 2009

I just learned this evening that another short story of mine, “Rebecca finds her way,” has been accepted for publication. It will appear in the Winter 2009 issue of Mirror Dance, which is the same publication that accepted my story “The Manuscript.”

“Rebecca finds her way” is a piece of flash fiction, coming in at 735 words (thereabouts). It is one of my Google Documents experiments. I wrote and revised the story completely in Google Documents, only copying it to Word in order to format it for submission. I make a brief mention of it at the end of this post.

Mirror Dance publishes all ranges of fantasy fiction, and my story falls into the feminist fantasy flash fiction category. It’s a recognizable character in our universe, having a dispute with a piece of technology that will lead her astray if she follows it.

So I’ll be sure to post a link to the story when it comes online. Thanks for being patient with me as I crow.

“The Manuscript” is now online at Mirror Dance

June 2, 2009

My short story “The Manuscript” is now online at Mirror Dance. You can read it here if you care to. And if you are so moved, you can leave a comment at the end. I hope you like it.

“The Manuscript”

May 22, 2009

I popped open my email inbox yesterday and got some dandy news. A short story I had submitted has been accepted by an online magazine. In fact, the response came a mere nine days after I had sent my submission email, and in it the editor said that she thought I had a “wonderfully original idea” and that it was “very well executed.”

The magazine is Mirror Dance, and it was calling for submissions for its Summer 2009 edition with the theme of Villains and Anti-Heroes. It’s a fantasy publication, which is not something I write much of, but I did have a story with what could be defined as an anti-hero in it, so I sent it off.

I guess you could say that mine is an epistolary story. It involves the discovery of a manuscript (hence the title) tucked into a book and what it reveals. I’ve framed it with an introduction and conclusion by a first-person narrator who may not be too clever but who provides an effective contrast to the main character whose story is told in the manuscript.

I’m not sure when the summer edition will come out, but I’ll be sure to make a post about it here.