And Where Have You Been, Young Lady?

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That’s a good question, and I wish I had a good answer.

The truth of the matter is, as some of you might know, I lost my momma in August and the world has not been the same since. I’ve been trying very hard not to fall into the Abyss of Depression, but it’s been a difficult battle. Words don’t come as easily now as they once did, and this causes me no small amount of angst.

I guess everyone deals with a Major Life-Changing Event in their own way, and I have to constantly do a self-check — and I have to stop being so hard on myself. Why is it so difficult to be as kind to myself as I am to other people? Dunno. A Mystery of the Universe, at least for right now, because it’s too damned early in the morning to do an intense self-examination.

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Ruminations Regarding Flash Fiction

I came into writing late in life. I think I was forty-one or two (the years become hazy when you get past twenty-five) when I wrote my first short story, although I had written some pieces in high school and edited a newsletter for an insurance company I used to work for. Life before this time was very….confining, let’s say, and not conducive to the creative process.

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Submission Suggestions

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As promised (and just under the wire, heh) here are my suggestions for the flash from our Friday exercise:

Clapboard House specializes in Southern-flavored flash fiction. (Say that three times fast, heh!)

The Foliate Oak is another online literary journal that might fit our drawl, or give you inspiration to re-write for their guidelines.

Quick Fiction is another one that popped into my head when thinking about where the stories we have could find a home.

The usual disclaimer — make sure to review their guidelines carefully, and follow them. And remember, rejections are not personal attacks. It’s as much luck and serendipity as talent, as much perseverance as vision.

Good luck, and thanks for playing!

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Are You A Naked Blogger? Flash Me.

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Not literally — that would fall under “Too Much Information,” and I just met you… I mean, what is your purpose in blogging?

I started off some five years ago, brand new to blogging. I followed two fellow writers to a private forum, hidden from the search engines, and was hooked through the bag by the second entry. I have blogged daily, for the most part, for the better portion of those five years.

That’s a lot of words.

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