Interview: WOW! Muffin Newsletter

I’m still happy-dancing about my micro story Air So Thick winning the WOW! Summer 2019 Flash Contest. The lovely folks there interviewed me for their newsletter, and the piece is live today in The Muffin!  Being the subject of an interview always makes me feel uncomfortable, but I appreciate the chance to give an extra shout … Continue reading Interview: WOW! Muffin Newsletter

Winner: WOW! Summer 2019 Flash Contest

I'm thrilled my story "Air So Thick" won top honors in the WOW! Women on Writing Summer 2019 Flash Contest! Check it out, and while you're there, take a look at the other fantastic stories featured. "Air So Thick" is one of several stories inspired by my childhood growing up in the Oklahoma panhandle, where … Continue reading Winner: WOW! Summer 2019 Flash Contest

Social Satire: Be Sure

Be Sure is a satirical look at our ridiculous health care system, particularly within long-term care facilities. It's featured today in Unlikely Stories Mark V. News stories about such facilities have been on my radar for several years, ever since my mother spent a few weeks in a skilled nursing unit. Her experience wasn’t great, … Continue reading Social Satire: Be Sure

American Ouroboros in Writers Resist

One of my short political satire pieces is included in Writers Resist today. This special issue focuses on gun violence in America. I’m honored to be among this fantastic group of writers on such an important topic. I hope you will take a look: "American Ouroboros." While you’re there, please consider subscribing to their mailing … Continue reading American Ouroboros in Writers Resist

New Story in Enchanted Conversation

The lovely folks at Enchanted Conversation accepted my flash fairy tale "Penny the Poisonmonger: An Origin Story" and it's live today! I love the artwork they chose to illustrate the story, so I'm going to post it everywhere possible. Ha! Lots of people helped shape this story. It began as a prompted assignment in a … Continue reading New Story in Enchanted Conversation

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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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