ISSN: 1946-1712

Flash 11/2010, #1: Gina Sakalarios-Rogers

Canine 401(k)

Ed listened to the six o’clock news on the booking officer’s small radio. The reporter described him as remorseless, a cold-hearted murderer. He slumped in the hard plastic chair, cuffs pinching his wrists.

According to the reporter, Ed’s twenty acres was a killing field containing “massive piles of dog carcasses and bones clearly visible from the air.” She described... Read more: HTML 

In This Issue: Jake Freivald

In This Issue

Canine 401(k),” a mainstream story by Gina Sakalarios-Rogers, kicks us off. “Dragonslayer” by Peter McLean seems like a fantasy, but it’s really not. You’ll see what I mean and, I hope, get a chuckle out of it.

Bruce Bruce Bruce! His column is about repetition, and his exemplar is “Love Is Strange.”

Our Classic Flash is a Lord Dunsany tale, “The Hen.” The characters are birds, but their foibles are human.

Our next issue will be up in mid-December. Read more: HTML 

Flash 11/2010, #2: Peter McLean


Krin looked sheepishly at the dead bear.

“Well,” Mika suggested, “I suppose we could always just, you know, say it was a dragon.”

She was sitting on a rock a little way off, under the shade of a forest oak, checking the fletchings of her arrows. She’d put three shafts into the poor bear before Krin even got close to it. Read more: HTML 

Classic Flash #44: Lord Dunsany

The Hen

All along the farmyard gables the swallows sat a-row, twittering uneasily to one another, telling of many things, but thinking only of Summer and the South, for Autumn was afoot and the North wind waiting.

And suddenly one day they were all quite gone. And everyone spoke of the swallows and the South. Read more: HTML 

Short-Short Sighted #26: Bruce Holland Rogers

Again Again Again: Repetition

One of the first things I learned about English prose style, far back in the ancient days of grade school, was that I should vary my vocabulary. Repetition of the same word (other than prepositions, conjunctions and articles that have to be repeated often) displayed a lack of art. If I were writing a paragraph about a rose, then I should next refer to it as “flower” and then perhaps refer to its “petals,” rather than writing “rose” in three different sentences. Read more: HTML 

Flash 11/2010 #3: Bruce Holland Rogers

Love Is Strange

This story collection is an exemplar for Short-short Sighted #26, “Again Again Again: Repetition”.

Todd and I were having a beer at the Folsom Grill, and I said, “You know, I saw Angela again today.”

“Yeah?” he said. “Where?”

“At a department store. She was there with some guy named Jim. Scruffy beard. Kind of unkempt. I wanted to wish him better luck than I had with her, but I didn’t. I really should have, though.” I unwrapped a cigar. Read more: HTML 

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