On my way to post on my blog I was interrupted by a rejection of a flash in my email inbox. Why do I find it so annoying when editors say, "Keep writing!" Because I will do that with or without them? Not sure why, but I always grit my teeth.
My micro-flash "What Remains" just came out in the new issue of BENDING GENRES, along with a number of writers whose writing I follow: Robert Scotellaro, Kathryn Kulpa, Peg Alford Pursell, Renee E. D'Aoust (a crossover from my other life as an essayist), others. A great issue all around.
The micro-flash about a missing girl whose remains are unearthed in Northern California is in fact based on a real case I was reading about. So the facts are nonfictional, but the details are culled to emphasize the universal. I don't mention that he was an actor, engaged to someone else, and that they were in acting classes together. Or a bizarre headline about the murderer's death that I ran across while I was researching: "A former Fort Morgan man’s Hollywood dreams have allegedly ended with him killing and burying an aspiring actress before taking his own life as he fled from California troopers." "Allegedly" should be before "killing," but really, "his Hollywood dreams ended," not hers?