Yesterday, I received the news that the online and purely excellent magazine, Literary Orphans, accepted my flash fiction piece, “A Distressing State of Purity.” This news comes barely a week after an acceptance from Blue Lake Review for my short story, “I Wanted Ten.”
This is a lot of blessings. I am a bit flummoxed and exceedingly grateful.
As “A Distressing State of Purity” runs a mere 242 words, I’m not going into plot details. Suffice to say, it involves the individuals pictured above, and takes place here:
Blue Lake Review accepted my short story, “I Wanted Ten”.
They will publish “I Wanted Ten” in their October issue.
I’ve worked on “I Wanted Ten” for 25 years–first as the opening chapter of a novel that never sold, and then as a short story. Since 2006, I’ve submitted the short story “I Wanted Ten” to 30 magazines; and before that, as part of the novel, to over 50 literary agents before one signed me.
In other words: this story is a tough sell. It deals with incest, which was a tough sell in the post-Oprah 90s (over, kaput; done). The topic was a tough sell until #Me, Too revived commercial interest in survivorship. For “I Wanted Ten” is no story of victimhood. This is the story of our friend Jen, up there. In the face of incest, she steals $10,000 from her abusive parents and runs away.
This week, all week, jmww journal is publishing a special issue: all flash nonfiction, all week. Titled “In the Pocket,” pieces 350 words of fewer have been running as of last Friday. New pieces post every day, through this coming Friday.
By way of a preview, please follow along as Walburga Appleseed wrestles with a question that continues to plague this nation, down to the individual.
What It Isby Walburga Appleseed
“It’s just a blob,” says the counselor on the other end of the line. “Just a blob of cells. It doesn’t even have a heartbeat yet.”
She is trying to be helpful and kind, and I want to believe her, but the thing that invited itself into my womb is not a blob. It is a universe.
Last year, I was a nominee. This year, as an editor, it was my privilege to nominate. My nominations are in the Nonfiction category. I listed the other categories’ noms, just in case you’d like to read those, as well.