Still recovering from my fall and concussion. My wrists, arms, shoulders, and neck are excruciatingly painful, so it's hard to sleep and I need to cut back on typing. Because of the concussion, I should stay away from reading, writing, the computer, television. Which I sort of do, but it's difficult. I haven't written anything for the past couple of weeks, beyond some editorial work at CRAFT.
So it was nice to get praise for my ekphrastic flash "Head of the Household" in Cotton Xenomorph from two quarters. Matt Kendrick included it in his fairly short list on twitter of favorite flash of 2021. And Vancouver Flash Fiction posted it on Facebook as an example of a KILLER FIRST SENTENCE.
100 Word Story posted my Wigleaf microflash "Little Darling" with high praise on twitter, and coeditor Grant Faulkner followed up with amazing praise in his newsletter.
"If you're looking for a textbook example of how a story is enhanced and heightened through omission, I recommend Jacqueline Doyle’s “Little Darling. It's also just a classic. It should be on every writer's reading list."
It may be my favorite micro so I'm glad to see it hasn't been forgotten. Especially as I lie day after day on the couch, looking at the rain outside, wondering whether I'll ever write again.