Happy Valentine’s Day!
Every February FICTIVE DREAM does a flash fiction series, with a new flash every day. I’m thrilled to be included for the fifth year in a row (my sixth publication in FICTIVE DREAM). “Family Night” went up today. For some reason I struggled with this one, despite (or maybe because of) a lot of helpful suggestions from my San Francisco writing group, my online flash group, and an excellent beta reader. They were all different, and I realized it was because I hadn’t decided myself how my narrator felt about her marriage and its future. Also foods: originally this was called “Quesadilla,” and I like quesadillas, but discovered that many people don’t!
Claudia McGill does the art in FICTIVE DREAM every year, and I absolutely love it.
Feeling sorry that I won’t make it to Grant Faulkner’s upcoming book launch at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, since I love THE ART OF BREVITY, but I’m really wary of gatherings at indoor spaces. Lots of people get COVID more than once, and I don’t want to be one of them.
Sorry to miss my chance to read with the PINCH contributors at AWP in Seattle next month. And to participate in CRAFT's AWP activities, including a co-hosted reading.
I may read at an in-person reading in the Rolling Writer series in May, though, which is now held in Jon Sindell’s beautiful garden instead of the Rolling Café. I wish more events were outdoors.
My flash friend Kathryn Kulpa will be the keynote reader in Paul Beckman’s FBomb series in July (originally at the KGB Bar in Manhattan, but on Zoom since the pandemic started). She’s invited me to be one of the accompanying readers. I’ve been in the series many times, and always enjoy it. I’m trying to grow out my bangs. Maybe I’ll have made some progress by then.