You know how irritating it is to visit somebody’s blog and click on a link and bam! you’re taken to some advertising site that has nothing to do with what you were looking for? You have encountered a broken link. I hate that. So this morning, for the first time this week, I had a few minutes and decided to check my links. I started with “My Stories”.
How embarrassed was I to find that quite a few of my stories which were available online when I started this blog a year and a half ago are no longer there. Worse still, the online literary magazines that originally published them are not there. As a former editor of a now-defunct literary magazine, this is depressing. As a writer who fought her way into several of these magazines, it’s discouraging. So many of my favorite writers I met online and learned so much from reading their online flash fiction and short stories. Ellen Meister, who I’ve mentioned on here before. If you’ve read The Other Life, Ellen’s latest, you might really enjoy this one: A Crack in the Foundation. And Steven Gullion aka Steve Gullion aka Steven Douglas Gullion. If you want to read some wonderful fiction, Google one of those aliases. Steve has a gift for wrapping tragedy with absurdity or vice versa. Try this one: BiC.
Just recently, one of my flash fiction stories, The Steps My Lover Built, was included in Flash Fiction Chronicles’s list of short stories available online for short story month. On that same list, you can find work from several excellent online literary magazines, including some I was lucky enough to be published in (SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart, Word Riot) and some I was never quite got into (Monkeybicycle, elimae, wigleaf). Thankfully, all these online litmags are still available for your perusal. If you’d like to see some excellent fiction, possibly even from tomorrow’s New York Times Bestseller Lists, take a breathing moment and check out the list.
Oh, and if I haven’t mentioned it, I’m number 34.