Your cart is empty. Go to Shop

Lightening Up A Little

After last month’s moody issue — appropriately for an October issue, it was filled with death: premeditated, living, and accidental — I thought we should have a little fun.

We start with “My Superpower” by Leslie A. Dow. I won’t say much about it, except to note that it sounds like the sort of blessing that’s half-curse. I’m also half-convinced that most moms actually do have it.

The second story, Alan Grayce’s “A Delivery of Cheesesteaks,” doesn’t seem all that light-hearted, but I enjoyed it as a redemption story: unfrivolous, but not dark. When reading it for the first time I wondered how he could possibly end it in time, but the last line of dialogue clinched it for me. There’s more to come here, clearly — literally, in fact, since this is actually an excerpt from a novel — but there’s a lot of rich development over those few hundred words, and it resolves nicely.

The third story is a science fiction story. Or an anti-science-fiction story. Or something. I don’t know what to say about Janene Murphy’s “Irma Splinkbottom’s Recipe for Cold Fusion” except that I feel like I know old Irma, or knew her once, and that if anyone could do what she did, she’s it. Yeah, I know, I’m descending into gibberish. Just read the story.

Bruce Holland Rogers serendipitously provided a pretty lighthearted story for us, too, called “President of Baseball Operations.” George and baseball — pretty familiar, right? But not that George. The story serves as an example for his Short-short Sighted column, which talks about using characters the reader is already familiar with.

Our Classic Flash this month comes from third century B.C. China, an account — perhaps creative non-fiction? — of how Sung Yü’s righteous character and silver tongue kept him from losing his place at court, while exacting a humorous revenge on his rival. It’s named after its antagonist, “Master Teng-t’u”.

This is our twenty-fourth issue, I’m happy to say, and we’re still going strong. Every story gets read about a thousand times during the month it’s released, and often hundreds more times every month after that, so the exposure is good for our authors and, I hope, a good experience for our readers. We also just added some staff to our roster: Gary Cuba, Anne Pinckard, David Steffen, and Patrick Dey. Welcome aboard, folks.

We could also always use a little more funding in order to keep the stories coming — if we were ever to consistently get enough, we’d add more stories — so please contribute if you’re able. If not, just keep reading.

 

© 2021

Meet the Author

Become a Patron! Check our our NEW membership levels!

Sign up prior to March 31, 2021 to receive access to 365 Days of Flash Fiction Writing Prompts! (See Patreon for details)

FIREFLY

Receives weekly links to new stories, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and our undying love.

WILL-O-THE-WISP

Receives Monthly discount code for a free download of our current issue, plus benefits from lower levels

SHOOTING STAR

Join our monthly chat/”ask me anything,” plus benefits from lower levels

AURORA

Get a shout-out in our monthly editorial, plus benefits from lower levels

LIGHTNING

Receive a monthly prize, which may include critiques, digital or physical swag, or other special events, plus benefits from lower levels

SUPERNOVA

Receive one flash fiction critique per month, exclusive polls, an opportunity to “sponsor-a-story,” plus all the benefits of lower levels!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Online is a free online magazine that pays professional rates. So how do we make that happen? It’s due to the generosity of readers like you.

Here are some ways you can help:

Become a Patron.

Sign up to become a monthly donor. Read more…

Subscribe to FFO.

Never miss an issue! E-reader formats delivered to your inbox. Available from WeightlessBooks.com

Buy our issues & anthologies.

Each of our issues and anthologies are available in convenient e-reader formats (epub/mobi/pdf). Available from the Flash Fiction Online Store, WeightlessBooks, and Amazon

Donate.

Consider a one-time gift that fits your budget.


Advertise with us.

Have a product, service, or website our readers might enjoy? Ad space available on the website and in our e-reader issues. Sponsored posts opportunities are also available. Learn more…

Spread the word. 

Love one of our stories or articles? Share it with a friend! 

%d bloggers like this: