I was already thrilled when CRAFT accepted two of my micros. so I'm doubly thrilled that they've nominated "After Dinner" for BEST MICROFICTION 2020.
November 30-December 6 is Small Press Week, and Julie Zuckerman, author of the wonderful novel-in-stories THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, just posted a photo of small press books she's read recently. Yes, that's THE MISSING GIRL on the top of the stack! Two writers on twitter just ordered the book last week. I'm so pleased to be getting new readers, two years after my pub date.
A while ago RAPPAHANNOCK REVIEW solicited work from me (after reading my flash "The Arithmetic of Memory" in LITTLE FICTIONS/BIG TRUTHS). They had a deadline. I wrote a segmented lyric essay "Octopus Dreams" and sent it. I didn't send it anywhere else. Today they accepted it. Writing should always be this easy!
The amazing Swiss Ukranian Canadian writer (and dancer) Genia Blum profiled me today as "Five of My Faves" in THE POETRY QUESTION. Cool news to wake up to.
It never rains but it pours. Two micros and a flash out today!
So excited to join the roster of great writers in GHOST PARACHUTE, a magazine I love. This issue includes Meg Pokrass, Meg Tuite, Sudha Balagopal, Epiphany Ferrell!
Their archives are amazing too. Here are just a few of my favorite authors that Ghost Parachute published in 2019 (all writers whose careers I follow): Tara Isabel Zambrano, Tara Campbell, Chelsea Stickle, Evan James Sheldon, Kim Magowan, Claire Polders, Meg Pokrass, Patricia Q. Bidar, Len Kuntz, Paul Beckman, Jennifer Kircher Carr, Christopher Allen, Corey Farrenkopf, Vineetha Mokkil, Cathy Ulrich, Scott Garson, Marisa Crane.
Big thanks to editor Brett Pribble for publishing my story “Raining Blackbirds,” and Katiana Robles for the art.
And I totally forgot on my social media posts: Big thanks to Kathy Fish and the fellow Fast Flashers in the reunion last spring, where this flash was conceived. I can’t remember the prompt, but Kathy’s prompts always inspire me. As she does, and the accomplished writers in her groups. If you're looking for an online flash class, try one of hers!
CRAFT Literary Magazine uses “craft as a focal point and a lens through which to present fiction,” including “an author’s note which discusses the craft in the story” with each of the works they feature. They pay their authors. They’ve published more well-known writers than I can begin to count. I’m so thrilled that my flash fictions “Girls in the Woods” and “After Dinner” will launch a month devoted to flash. Here’s my Author’s Note on the flash.
CRAFT introduces the two flash with beautifully perceptive comments that create a great context for the two flash:
“We’re excited to kickoff our all-flash November with this pair of flash pieces by Jacqueline Doyle, “After Dinner” and “Girls in the Woods.” There is strong interplay between these two stories—both emphasize plot with the possibility of multiple plots; both feature a third-person narrator with omniscient distance that works to hold mystery; both implicate an institutionalized violence against women so inherent that the result challenges our expectations by subverting the collective familiar.
In “After Dinner,” Doyle unspools tension with a belligerent husband “fumbling with his keys” at the front door, and a woman inside who has, perhaps, had enough: “Her name might be Nancy, Carla, Joy. She could be young, old, middle-aged. So many women sit at their kitchen tables every night, drinking tea.” Be sure to read Doyle’s author’s note for more about constructing this character.
“Girls in the Woods” is a breathless flash that feels like allegory or fairy tale come to life. Fairy tale logic reminds us that these girls are a part of a history of violence. Like the everywoman in “After Dinner,” the girls here serve as our stand-ins or surrogates for this violence. On this All Hallows’ Day, Doyle opens our month of terrific flash by defamiliarizing and defying resolution. “ --CRAFT
Big thanks to Editor in Chief Katelyn Keating and Flash Editor Tommy Dean.