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Guest Writer Marcy Returns!

Mom’s Taste The floor tasted like a glob of Mom’s lasagna, the crumbs of her bread, her spill of lemonade, her angry cries, her stomping out the door. I licked it daily, nightly, tasting her return. Marcy Dilworth has been writing forever, but only recently started inviting anyone to witness it.  She earned her English degree at … Continue reading Guest Writer Marcy Returns!

The Writer’s Cafe Magazine – ISSUE 16 “Landscape and Maps”

I’m thrilled my flash story “Air So Thick” is included in this Maps & Landscape issue of The Writer’s Cafe Magazine. I’m looking forward to reading all the stories!

The Writers' Cafe Magazine

 

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Contour Lines
by Peter J. King

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Reading Maps: Between the Lines

by Peter J. King

  1. Isotherms

………………………………..the Arctic Circle’s no such thing —
…………………..its border loops and detours ……………….bulges
………………………………………………………………………………(see where the BeringSea’s
………………………………………………………………………………………a magnet, pulling out the
………………………………………………………………………….isotherm like iron filings on the chart)

the northern tree-line gives a clue;
………..it almost marks the line upon the Earth
…………………(though leaves us free to fill in gaps
……………………………………where sea intrudes)
…………………………………………………tracing forest edges
……………………………………………………………scattered larches
……………………………..with their trailing skirts

……………………….the Arctic Circle is a southern latitude
….within the northern hemisphere…………………………. the sun
……………………………………………………………………………..on the horizon
…………………………………………………………………………is constant at the centre
…………………………………………………………and it rises in the middle of the afternoon

…………………………the Arctic Circle is a midnight line
………..and gives a direct view of mountain peaks
…………………..when the…

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Teeth, Hair & Eyes, LLC

My short story “Teeth, Hair & Eyes, LLC” is featured in the April issue of Defenestration. It’s live today! Three oddball characters meet up with a little road devil on a deserted stretch of Idaho highway. Defenestration is a literary magazine dedicated to humor. I love anything dedicated to humor, especially if they agree to … Continue reading Teeth, Hair & Eyes, LLC

Little Tiger in Copperfield Review

"Little Tiger" is a flash story about a father and son. The setting is Eastern China in 208 B.C. I think this is one of the most exciting times in ancient Chinese history, and I hope this short story brings a bit of that time to life. This story sat in a drawer for more … Continue reading Little Tiger in Copperfield Review

Honorable Mention – WOW! Contest

I’m excited my short story “Good Deal” is included on the Honorable Mention list for the WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. “Good Deal” was originally written for YeahWrite’s weekly flash fiction grid back in October. To qualify for that week’s grid, my story had to have the theme “redemption.” It also … Continue reading Honorable Mention – WOW! Contest

Middle-Aged Dinosaurs

T-Rex and Triceratops lounged in their new IKEA armchairs, sipping warm herbal tea and admiring the stars. The dinosaurs had purchased the chairs as a holiday gift to themselves. The chairs had a trendy name, but the dinosaurs were incapable of pronouncing it. Triceratops’s lips were not suited to the complicated Swedish furniture-word. T-Rex didn’t … Continue reading Middle-Aged Dinosaurs

“Jesus Machine” in DSF!

Daily Science Fiction is one of my favorite publications, so I'm excited they chose to feature my micro story "Jesus Machine" today. My mom read the story and said: "I'm sure it's good, Sweetie, but I don't understand it." It's a short short, so check it out if you have 90 seconds to spare. I hope … Continue reading “Jesus Machine” in DSF!

Guest Writer Marcy!

  Marcy Dilworth is back with another great story for the YeahWrite weekly fiction/poetry grid. The one-word prompt this week is "moldy." More info about Marcy after the story! Casserole With a Twist Marie teetered into the kitchen on her chunky black old-lady heels, and handed the bonus-sized casserole dish to her oldest friend, my … Continue reading Guest Writer Marcy!

Guest Writer Marcy Dilworth

I’m excited to host Marcy Dilworth’s story “Keep You Safe” for the YeahWrite fiction/poetry grid this week! The focus of the challenge is “showing, not telling,” and the one-word prompt is: paradox -- any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature. More info about Marcy after the story! Keep You Safe My sweet … Continue reading Guest Writer Marcy Dilworth

How to Feed the Yellow Cat

Wasn't Grandpa cute? I think so, and I'm thrilled to announce literary journal Dead Housekeeping is featuring a short essay about him today: "How to Feed the Yellow Cat." Dead Housekeeping offers a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. Each short story brings a specific “how to” into sharp … Continue reading How to Feed the Yellow Cat