The wind drafted through the old house perched at the hillâs summit. Surrounding trees lost leaves to the harsh gusts; all forms of life scattered for shelter. The sky was ready to cry, filled with gray clouds that engulfed all of Twyla Forrest. The hills that once basked in sunlight …Read More »
» Bipolar, Lithium, Suicide and The Lost Years of My Life by Jason D. Hill Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
When things are illuminated, life is beautiful. Luminosity is, indeed, a wonderful thing. You are anchored in your body and that body is easy to please. You only have to honor the integrity of your senses. The bad smells bad, and the good is to be luxuriated in. You feel …Read More »
With his head bowed, and the pit of his stomach boiling with unrest, Hector stood within the gloom of his master’s chamber.“It is done,” Graymar’s voice echoed. “You have rid the world of the savage who killed your precious Alice. Now, it is time for other matters.”Graymar held out a …Read More »
Janice wasnât ready; and sheâd been sure she would be. So far, sheâd stuck precisely to her plan. Content continues after advertisement âMake a plan, have a countdown list to check-off. Work through it steadily. Youâll do it Janice, Iâm sure. I have faith in you.â Her therapist had told …Read More »
It is 1975. Iâm sitting with my father in the sofa-like front seat of his fatherâs car which heâs borrowed to take me for a ride. Just the two of us. Itâs a red car of some make; a 1960-something Vauxhall. Iâm ten years old. My father smells of coconut …Read More »
Weeks afterwards, she thought about something he had told her one day. Heâd said that his mother was convinced that he could charm the birds out of the trees. She knew this was just a silly expression. And yet . . .Perhaps his mother had recognized something in him that …Read More »
Our child, Jilly Nines, will be starting kindergarten in September and last night we participated in our first parent’s night at school. We, and about eighty other parents, met the principal, the school psychologist, all five kindergarten teachers, the administrative director, two first grade teachers, the librarian, the art teacher, …Read More »
Inspired by Lit Hubâs 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, Iâm at 108 submissions and 79 rejections. Iâm also delighted to share that Iâve earned my first acceptance for publication in fiction and nonfiction. Itâs …Read More »
A few years ago, when I taught English Composition at a community college, one of the first essays Iâd assign students was âThe Transactionâ by William Zinsser. In the essay, Zinsser writes about a doctor who has recently begun to write and has experienced some publishing successes. He compares his …Read More »
» A Land of Make-Believe by Avis Hickman-Gibb Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
The sun was hot. That summer was a scorcher. I remember the sweat trickling down the sides of my face. I was always sticky and grubby â I spent most of my time outdoors playing with my new friend. We went to the park, played in my back garden, and …Read More »