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

Midnight at the Crossroads Diner

I fell in love with Twist in Time Literary Magazine when I read their first issue. Time and history -- what's not to love! I'm not sure the editors could be any cooler; they sent the funniest acceptance letter I've ever seen. I'm thrilled my short story Midnight at the Crossroads Diner is featured in … Continue reading Midnight at the Crossroads Diner

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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