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Editorial

In This Issue

This month’s first story is “Canine 401(k)” by Gina Sakalarios-Rogers. I liked this one (if “like” is the right word — it’s not exactly a pleasant premise) because it’s such a clear vision of different personalities: rule-oriented and results-oriented, emotional and cynical, idealistic and pragmatic. Next we have “Dragonslayer” by Peter McLean. It’s a fantasy. […]

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A New Year

This is our third anniversary issue; our first issue went live in December of 2007. Congratulations to us. 🙂 I guess we like to start new things with Bruce Holland Rogers. He was one of the first authors we published, with the story “Reconstruction Work.” (The other author was Suzanne Vincent, who later joined the […]

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Our February Issue

Welcome to February! You may have noticed that we skipped the January issue. For a variety of reasons, that month has always been difficult for me to manage, and this year was the worst in a long time. Next year I’ll bake a double issue into December (Merry Christmas!) and have a planned skip in […]

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Naming the Baby: Titles (Part I of II)

This is the second column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. The first column, and the entirety of his Short-Short Sighted columns (dedicated to writing very short fiction), visit his author page. Titles are hard. They have to accomplish a lot in a few words. The ideal title will attract the reader […]

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On the March

This month we’re a little more mainstream than usual. Our first story, “Deconstructing The Nihilist” struck me as interesting because of the development of the narrator, who is essentially seeing the lack of development in her lover. His assessment of her becomes more disconcerting over time, and the not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper result seems just right for this […]

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Naming the Baby: Titles (Part II of II)

This is the third column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. The first column, and the entirety of his Short-Short Sighted columns (dedicated to writing very short fiction), visit his author page. In part one of this article, Bruce explained some theory and then wrote: The title pulls the reader in. Then […]

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April Fools

Every year, we get some submissions that just seem a little out there. April, the month for fools, seems to be a good time to let the best of them get some ink. It seems that two of our fools are also favorites of ours: Michael Aaron and John Wiswell have been published before in […]

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Make It A Good Lie – Versimilitude

This is the fourth column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. For more of his columns, visit his author page. One of the questions often asked of novelists and story writers is “How did you get your start?” The answer I most often give is, “I lied a lot as a child.” […]

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Short Changed

I enjoyed the sense of change that I got out of this month’s short stories. They capture a lot about change in a very short space. In Camille Alexa’s slipstream piece “Girl-Shaped Jar,” a woman who needs to change makes a decision to do so and follows through on it. Her choice of changes is […]

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Tea Party Rules – The Story Contract

This is the fifth column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. For more of his columns, visit his author page. In the previous column I said that fiction is a special variety of lie because it is collaborative. The reader participates in making the lie into a simulated truth and responds to […]

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