After a semi-disastrous day of getting completely lost in our rental car in a maze of Idaho snowmobile trails (unpaved of course, no cell reception of course, no maps of course), we found our way back to the cabin where we’re staying this week and a cascade of good news.
First, my flash “Nadine’s Broken Heart” was accepted by FICTION SOUTHEAST, a magazine I love.
Second, more news on my micro in MATCHBOOK (find it here: www.matchbooklitmag.com/doyle.html). Some wonderful flash writers have been praising “Heartbreak Hotel” on Facebook and Twitter. Yesterday the excellent flash writer Kathryn Kulpa (editor at Cleaver) reposted it with a really nice comment. Today the excellent flash writer Kara Vernor retweeted it with a really nice comment. Her retweet caught the attention of more flash writers that I greatly admire, including queen of flash Kathy Fish (real flash royalty), who retweeted it, as did Chelsea Voulgares (fine writer and editor of Lost Balloon), as did Jolene McIlwain (another really fine writer), as did Mr. Bear (Georgia Bellas, a fine writer and a tastemaker with a podcast). Tara Isabel Zambrano, another fine writer, commented on Jolene McIlwain's repost. Mind you, this isn't the same as going viral on the Internet, but in my very small corner of the literary scene, it's something like that.
And then I turned to a closed flash group where members recommend “excellent flash fiction” and found that the flash writer Ashley Hutson had posted "Heartbreak Hotel" there. (I wasn’t tagged, since I have a different name on facebook, so I just stumbled across it by chance.)
Saturday, Yellowstone. Monday, the total solar eclipse.