Stories that were accepted before they got rejections anywhere else are always special, and this is one of them. In fact Blue Fifth is the only place that I sent this flash!
My flash “Checkmate” is out today at BLUE FIFTH REVIEW/BLUE FIVE NOTEBOOK. Scroll down to the second story, and then keep scrolling for great stories by Cathy Ulrich, Jayne Martin, Nod Ghosh, great poems by DeMisty Bellinger, Susan Tepper, many others. Did I mention how many authors I love have already been published in BLUE FIFTH REVIEW? Kathryn Kulpa, James Claffey, Claire Polders, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Christopher Allen, Colin Winnette, Meg Pokrass, for a start. Honored to join their company.
This apology flash was written at the Hawaii retreat last December, inspired by a Brenda Miller prompt based on her famous flash “Swerve.” I hardly ever write to prompts, but when I do, I'm usually pleased with the results—especially when the prompt comes out of the blue, from someone else, and I have a limited time to write. Even when the flash goes through subsequent drafts, the speed of the first draft gets things on the page that slower composition would not have.