Upfurler by A.E. Weisgerber

I’m in the middle of a break during a ‘Embracing the Strange’ workshop with KM Elkes – and here’s a master flash doing just that

Flash Monsters!!!

Nobody understood this could be a thing, until they saw jumpers at a certain height, five hundred eleven feet, tumble upward. Unlike fallers, upfurlers didn’t make spectators jerk their shoulders in revulsion or crunch up faces to stave off crying.Seeing upfurlers made the emergency responders slack-jawed the way a miracle can. Like if you woke up and had the 20-inch curling fingernails: it made no sense, but you’d seen pictures and here they were. Philippe Petit kind of lay down in the air up there once, but this?There was one woman in a skirt suit, hounds-tooth-checked, who spun like a saucer without rising or falling. Her hair swished behind her, swish, swish, like a sickle. They call her Frisbee now, but her name is Andrea Masterson Giacobazzi, and whatever magic, whatever science, whatever god held her spinning like a barefoot plate, dispersed when the first tower fell, creating voids. Floor…

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Notes from the Slush Pile: Beginnings

Al Kratz

I’d like to share some ideas on beginnings that occurred to me after a recent run through the slush pile.

REM wrote a great song called Begin the Begin on their album, Life’s Rich PageantIt started: Birdie in the hand for life’s rich demand.

A rich, demanding opening is extremely critical to flash fiction. I don’t think you can overestimate the importance of the first few sentences or the opening paragraph. After reading a dozen of these in a row, they can accumulate similar issues. Stories with strong openers rise to the top. It’s a striking difference. Trumpets have been known to sound.

Here are two things that seem to go wrong with many starts:

  • Lack of urgency
  • Lack of clarity

These qualities are often inherent or implied. You can’t always just insert urgency here, but many stories without it act as if you can simply insert reader…

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Micro fiction: The Collector’s Wife

Last month my short (short) story got shortlisted for a prize with Retreat West. I'm delighted as I've entered this a few times and not even been long-listed and I mostly entered on a whim, thinking at least my entry fee would support the community a bit (as you can imagine, times are hard for … Continue reading Micro fiction: The Collector’s Wife


Microfiction Monday – 140th Edition — Microfiction Monday Magazine

Hey there. I’m re-blogging this edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine because my story - Practically Asking For It - is in it. Do please have a look. What a kick, seeing my name in print! Practically Asking For It by Jackie Morris Nadine is shopping for a new boyfriend – she’s looking for a two-takeaways-a-week, … Continue reading Microfiction Monday – 140th Edition — Microfiction Monday Magazine