Posted tagged ‘Three Small Words’

“Three Small Words” is now live

August 26, 2019

My story “Three Small Words” came up over the weekend at Adelaide Literary Magazine.

This story takes place long after the events in One-Match Fire, but it involves many of those same characters. In fact, this story occurs just one week before the events in my story “Forest Succession” in Heartwood. A pair of heartbreakers.

So “Three Small Words” is perhaps the best example of my use (overuse? misuse? abuse?) of the rhetorical device known as omne trium perfectum. I’ve mused about this here. The story’s title probably triggered a willful attempt to have various “threes” appear in it, but I don’t really remember one way or the other. (Or even a third.) Also, the call of the whippoorwill that recurs in the novel One-Match Fire is three notes, which the characters sometimes let stand in place of three small words they don’t say to each other often enuf. So, continuity.

Should I ever write enuf of these post-One-Match Fire stories, I will collect them with the overall title Nature Always Wins. (I’m even occasionally working on one called “Omne Trium Perfectum.”) It’s certainly thematic of these latter stories, and the term comes up once or twice in the former.

At the end of the story in Adelaide Literary Magazine my standard, self-deprecating bio appears as well as what may be a photo of myself. If so, it’s an old photo when I may have sported facial hair.

Though I knew the story was going to appear in mid-August, it was nice to see it come up when it did. I received two rejections last week. Both were for long-shot, random submissions, but somehow my skin in never thick enuf.