Back in October, our editorial team took a technological leap forward: We held our first-ever staff Zoom meeting. Across five different time zones, with the help of computers and laptops and WiFi and Zoom, we were able to talk about some of our hopes and dreams for Flash Fiction Online and how best to continue bringing you, our readers, the most brilliant, dynamic, and beautiful flash fiction we can find.
Here’s just a few of the things we discussed, which we’ll be implementing going forward:
With all of the time we spent on computers and spreadsheets and Zoom and Slack over the past months, working to put together this issue and plan for moving forward, it worked out well for the first issue of 2021 to be all about the technology that connects us.
In “Across From her Dead Father in an Airport Bar,” Brian Trent presents us with a new invention that helps connect us not just across the world, but across time, and even beyond death. (Available online Jan 1)
In “Into the Lightning Suit” by Kyle Richardson, two siblings take very different views on the extent which technology should be used following the death of their mother. This story asks again that age-old sci-fi question: Just because we can, does that mean we should? (Available online Jan 8)
And finally, for our very first Flash Fiction Flashback, we’ll be revisiting Camille Alexa’s “The Girl-Shaped Jar” and reconnecting with the author, nearly ten years after that story’s initial publication in Flash Fiction Online. (Available online Jan 29)
As we enter this new year, may these stories inspire you to connect with the important people in your life, be it on Zoom or Slack or email or tin-can telephones or video game chat or some new technology that you invent yourself. Share a smile. Share a laugh. Share how much they mean to you.
Or simply share a story.
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