Saturday, November 19, 2016

The story behind "They", which appears in November's issue of Flash Frontier

Flash Frontier is a flash fiction magazine who describes themselves on their webpage, and I'm very happy to be appearing within.

 Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction began in 2012, in the far north of New Zealand. We have been building a community of short fiction writers, one story at a time, ever since.

Our early issues were focused on New Zealand writers. In 2013, we went international. Our current schedule includes two issues per year that are New-Zealand-focused (in 2016, April and November), while the rest are international.
We publish stories up to 250 words, with a special issue each year featuring National Flash Fiction Day’s winning stories (those exceed our usual 250-word limit, reaching to 300 words).
Issues appear bi-monthly, in February, April, June, August, October and December, plus the July NZ National Flash Fiction Day special.
Each issue follows a theme. Themes are posted under our Submissions guidelines.
The theme for November was "Birds" 
 I had in my files, a short story titled, "They" which was about 2000 words which had been rejected multiple times. The long version had a lot of background between the mother and daughter, the brother as protector and a very involved metaphor regarding the Bonaparte Gulls. Here's some of the 1500 words which were edited down
Michigan had long winters and there were none longer than the ones Tracey and her brother were stuck inside the house of their parents, with mom and dad were on never ending benders. Their only buffers from the atypical days, were each other. They never could invite people over. Tracy and Tyler loved going to their homes, to be protected from their parents’ anger. Those kids looked for friends like Tracy and Tyler. They were the ones who needed their own buffers. They.
I scaled back and re-worked most of the piece, to fit their guidelines and  "They" was accepted by Flash Frontier.  Click the link to read it and watch the Bonaparte Gull inflight.

For the rest of this fine issue:


Taking her in – Gail Ingram
from the bowl like mercy itself. – Catherine Arra
Her Totem Is the Thunderbird – Lynn Mundell
Senses – Ben Berman
What owls eat – Walburga Appleseed
The Scent of Lemons – Sandra Arnold
Oh – Andrew Pryor
The Queen of Wisconsin – April Bradley
Three ways to miss you – Fiona Lincoln
Pecking Order – Shermie Rayne
Ain’t Chicken – Sam Averis
Pin Feathers – Dave Cavill
How to make a necklace from a dead bird – Rachel Smith
Under the sun – Xander Stronach
A Box of Birds – Liz Morton
Twittering Machines – Austin Conner
Cock – Foo Sek Han
Sing a Song of Sixpence… – Sue Kingham
The valley – Annette Edwards-Hill
Kotjebi – H. Boyce
Honey – Iona Winter
Bird life – Jude Higgins
Beautiful Birds – CĂ©line Gibson
The Birds – Elaine Chiew
Migrations – Slawka Scarso
Deep Sky – Tara Lee
Mollymawk – Martin Porter
The Cuckoo of Kaitiaki Close – Sebastian Morgan-Lynch
A Matter of Self Defence – Sally Carroll
The Other Denholm – Michael Loveday
Fan Tail – SR Charters
Legion – Chris Graham
June 12th – Sophie van Llewyn
Morning Coffee – Beige Fifteen
The Shapes We Make – Linda Grierson-Irish
Pigeons Are Descended From Dinosaurs – Jonathan Cardew
Lots of sky – Rob Walton
They – Timothy Gager
Fossils – Jeff Raglin
At a Special Meeting of the Seagulls – Jeff Taylor
Evening Alone – Ramon Collins
Falling to Birdland – Patrick Pink
November Feature
Feature Interview: Tim Jones talks with Best Small Fictions Series Editor Tara L Masih
Book Feature: Tim Jones’ New Sea Land
People In Our Pages: Gail Ingram and her winning graffiti poetry project
People In Our Pages: Leanne Radojkovich on her first story collection

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