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Affairs of the Heart Suzanne W. Vincent

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”

The heart is an odd thing.  Despite its physical durability it can be shattered by a mere word.  Despite its practical usefulness it can leave us flustered and vulnerable in the presence of a charming smile.

In selecting stories for Flash Fiction Online I’m always looking for stories that tell me something about the fragile, vulnerable, yet resilient qualities of the human heart.  The three stories you’re about to read explore three aspects of the heart: Grief, Love, and Longing.

My Son” by Christopher DiCicco; “Princesses” by Jeremy Sim; and “Peace-and-quiet Pancake” by Anne Goodwin.

I’ll let you decide which is which.

Enjoy!

© Suzanne W. Vincent

Meet the Author

Suzanne W. Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.

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1 Comment

  1. Leximize
    November 8, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    Nice choices. Thanks for the captivating diversion.

    Reply

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