Every Day Fiction (redux)

Every Day Fiction is a flash fiction magazine that publishes one story daily on their web site, http://www.everydayfiction.com. Founded in 2007, this group of talented Canadians celebrate their 6th anniversary this month. They accept all genres of fiction with a 1,000 word limit for submissions. EDF has a relatively large audience of more than 10,000 subscribers and annually publishes an anthology of the best 100 stories of the year. Every Day Fiction is considered by many as one of the best online literary markets.

This month my story, “Kin” will be published on Friday, September 6. It’s the story of a family reunion and the gathering of the last harvest in the home place’s orchard.

This is the second story I’ve submitted to Every Day Fiction and had accepted for publication. The first was “Tag, You’re It,” published in May of this year.

You can read and comment on my stories on their site. Or become an email subscriber, like me. I’ve discovered several up and coming authors whose stories are published on the Every Day Fiction site and whose blogs I’ve begun to follow here on WordPress.

I appreciate you, my readers, following or just visiting my blog and would love to hear your comments about my story. Thanks for stopping by again!


Everyday Fiction

I received notice today from Everyday Fiction, an online publication for flash fiction, that they have accepted another of my short stories. The story, entitled Kin, is scheduled for publication in September. The EF editorial team praised Kin for its blend of description and story, and the way the two compliment each other. The story is under 500 words in length yet provides a complete story arc. Find the story next month at http://www.everydayfiction.com

An Updated List

A few months ago I indulged myself in listing the publications where I’ve had poetry, fiction and non-fiction work published. Since then, a few more submissions have been accepted and published.

Here’s my updated list:


Earth’s Daughters

River Styx


FOCUS / Midwest

Nail Polish Stories



Everyday Fiction

Transient Publications


Everyday Fiction

Today’s the day my story, Tag, You’re It is featured on the online journal, Everyday Fiction.

This story started as an entry for NPR’s Three Minute Fiction, Round 6 contest. The prompt was for one character to tell a joke and for another character to cry. The story started as a 550 word flash piece when I entered it in the NPR contest. It wasn’t the winner but I liked the story well enough to reimagine it and give the relationships more room to develop, word count-wise. The inspiration for the story lies in both my work with families as a school psychologist and in my personal life. I have a couple of friends with adult siblings who have significant disabilities. As their parents age, my friends are increasingly called upon to take responsibility for their dependent sisters.

In Tag, You’re It the four young adult siblings’ relationships are tested as the result of a sudden tragedy. The narrator is left not only to deal with her own feelings of loss but with the responsibility of explaining what happened to her brother who is Autistic.

At the end of the story, there’s an option to rate it on a scale of 1 to 5. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read my story and give it your rating.

Everyday Fiction

This month’s Table of Contents for the daily online magazine, Everyday Fiction, can be found on their home page: http://www.everydayfiction.com

My story, Tag, You’re It is scheduled to be published on Saturday, May 11, 2013. This story comes in at just under a thousand words. Its characters are a quartet of siblings who must deal with the unexpected loss of their mother. Their uneasy relationships as young adults are tested in the days leading up to and during her funeral. The story was originally inspired by a prompt from the NPR “Three Minute Fiction” contest.

Everyday Fiction publishes new short stories of a thousand words or less, stories that, as their web site explains, “can be read during your lunch hour, in transit, or even over breakfast.” I hope you, Dear Reader, will set aside a few minutes on the Saturday after next to read Tag, You’re It.

Kindle Edition

Just got the word. Free Flash Fiction has an anthology of short stories from their site now available as a Kindle ebook entitled, The Flashing Type. My story, “The Time Capsule,” was included.

Want more info? Look here: http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/goodies/kindle-anthologies/

False beliefs

I’m fascinated by how children begin to understand false beliefs and what that says about their understanding of perspective. There’s a great deal of research (and a few Youtube video demonstrations) around Theory of Mind. The concept is particularly interesting for those of us who study and work with people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I’m also finding it useful as I continue to work on my novel.

One of the central characters in my YA novel is a middle-school aged student with ASD named Sam. In the first half of the novel, he plays a supporting part in the ensemble but as the mystery deepens, so does his role.

Here’s my dilemma. Something that he does that is stereotypic behavior for individuals with ASD becomes a useful tool for the resolution of the crisis. The main character, who realizes the potential of Sam’s atypical talent, must convince Sam to use this ability to trick one of the suspects. How Sam responds will determine whether he subsequently uses his talent for what, at the time, might seem to be a bad thing. Does Sam recognize the false belief aspect of his ruse? And, if he does, what does that tell us about his disability?

To help me sort out these questions and gain a better understanding of False Belief development, I’m reading “Theory of Mind,” by Martin Doherty. I hope I can use this gambit and still remain true to Sam’s nature.