Story 1: The Tyranny of Enslaved Eyes
Grievous Angel, a UK flash fiction publication, has published my second story for them, “The Tyranny of Enslaved Eyes.” One of the things I’ve heard from publisher Charles Christian is that I’ve got ideas he has never seen before. What a lovely and inspiring compliment! The story starts:
These eyes have never been enslaved. I still look at what I want to look at and see what I want to see. And I’m keeping it that way. . . .
It may be interesting to note that the origin of this story was in response to a well-known Lucille Clifton poem. I like to grab a line of poetry when I start writing and see where it takes me. “homage to my hips” is a declaration of endurance and spirited independence; it starts
these hips are big hipsthey need space tomove around in.they don’t fit into littlepetty places. these hipsare free hips. . . .
– Lucille Clifton, “homage to my hips”
The lines from this poem inspired me to think: What would happen if you voluntarily enslaved your sight? Why would you do it? What if you knew it was a mistake, but a beloved family member had sold their eyes; how would that feel? Link to the story here. (And, if you have time and inclination to leave a comment, I’d be thrilled.)
Story 2: Deceit
Ramona has moved in, she’s getting free rent and she’s bringing exotic pets into the apartment, all at the expense of her somewhat naive, long-suffering boyfriend. Her latest acquisition is a poisonous frog she has named “Deceit.” Is this the last straw?
I’m excited that Every Day Fiction has published my story “Deceit” this week. As you may remember, I have a chapbook manuscript in progress that contains flash fiction stories, each with the title of a type of deceit, which I’m calling “The Little Book of Lies.” This is one of the stories from my collection.
When I first submitted this story to Every Day Fiction last March, I was interested to receive a message from their editors saying that they liked the story, but they wondered if I’d be willing to do a rewrite based on feedback from their first readers. Of course! I responded, and when I submitted the rewrite a few weeks later, they responded again that they liked the rewritten story and would be publishing it in late November. I’ve never been through a rewrite process for publication before, and it helped me strengthen the story. Very rewarding! Link to the story here.
Thanks for celebrating with me! Have a wonderful week!