Your cart is empty. Go to Shop

On the March Jake Freivald

This month we’re a little more mainstream than usual.

Our first story, “Deconstructing The Nihilist” struck me as interesting because of the development of the narrator, who is essentially seeing the lack of development in her lover. His assessment of her becomes more disconcerting over time, and the not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper result seems just right for this story.

I enjoyed our second story, “Ring Worlds” by Peter Fisk, for a variety of reasons: the detached British attitude of the protagonist (the author himself is Swedish), the dry humor, and the multiple misdirections contained in a mere 1,000 words. This is definitely not a mainstream story.

I confess to liking any story that combines blunt relationships and skillful typography, but that’s not the only reason I liked our third story. “The Whole Of The Brush,” by T D Edge, is a good example of a simple story that’s still very solid. One of the things that made it interesting for me was the choice of perspective: The narrator is essentially being told why he’s weak. And clearly he is weak; I find myself not liking him. Hearing this in his voice feels a little like talking to a friend that you want to smack upside the head and say, “Are you listening to yourself? Are you listening to your uncle?” The ending, though abrupt, is at the right place. This story wasn’t one of my favorites at first, but it grew on me quite a bit.

I felt we needed a little humor, so I included a Classic Flash from Punch called “Cutting Down”. And honestly, it somehow seemed appropriate during a month in which President Obama started a third war in the Arab world, continue to live through the so-called Great Recession, and yet still have signs of excess all around us.

Bruce Holland Rogers continues his Technically Speaking column with the second installment of “Naming The Baby,” which is, as you might guess, about titles.

April will be a bit foolish, as is our wont; although we’re publishing stories later in the month these days, we’ll still keep the foolishness coming.

Thanks for joining us! We’ll see you in April!


© Jake Freivald

Meet the Author

Jake Freivald

Jake Freivald

Flash Fiction Online’s Founding Editor Jake Freivald lives in New Jersey in a house teeming with life: a wife, nine kids (yes, all from said wife, no twins), two dogs, two cats, and twenty fish.
Lack of qualifications never stopped Jake from taking a job, so when he saw the need for a professional flash-only ‘zine he created Flash Fiction Online. He was astounded when a team of volunteers rallied around the project, and he would like to shut up now so you can read about them.

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)


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Become a 2022 Super Subscriber!

If you’re a fan of our boldbrief, and beautiful fiction, we hope you’ll consider purchasing a 2022 SUPER SUBSCRIPTION. You’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to publish amazing stories by talented writers… plus you’ll receive the following benefits (details listed below)

  • 12 monthly issues (+ a vote in our first FFO Reader Awards!)
  • bonus content from our authors
  • live events on our Discord server
  • one FFO annual anthology
  • your choice of one ebook from an author or  staff member
  • entry to our $100 gift card giveaway

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

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.


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: