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A Blue Moon Over FFO

I checked the astronomical calendar. Several, in fact. I even checked the astrological calendar and a handful of websites listing popular or amazing events in November. Pretty quiet. I have to say, it is fairly packed with great holidays, but isn’t any month anymore?

(I remember reading the book Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman in which the main character keeps a journal, recounting a particular Saint’s holiday every single day of the year. I remember thinking how odd that was, to be expected to celebrate day in and day out. But, honestly, we have National Toilet Day on November 19th. It seems like celebrating The Feast of Saint Bibiana–December 2nd, just in case you feel the need to torture a Christian in her honor–would be a tiny bit more respectable than throwing glitter into the porcelain throne.)

But I digress. This month some string of planets in some other arm of the galaxy has apparently aligned in just such as way as to cause something of a publishing anomaly, at least at Flash Fiction Online. This month we’re running stories from three of our FFO alumni. THREE of them!

That doesn’t often happen around here. In fact, I don’t remember it ever happening. But it has. This issue is as rare as a blue moon.

To make things even more fun, we’re including a link to each author’s previously published story. Be sure to click through to those.

And our three returning authors are:
Samantha Murray, with “Boxes and Lockets and Clocks.”
(Previous story: “Portrait of My Wife as a Boat,” July 2015)
Alexis A. Hunter, with “Perfectly Not Normal.”
(Previous story: “Gold Dress, No Eyes,” February 2015)
Matt Dovey, with “Quartet of the Far Blown Winds.”
(Previous story: “This Is the Sound of the End of the World,” March 2016)

Also, this month, our reprint selection, “Project Earth is Leaving Beta,” by J.W. Alden. This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Nature.


Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.


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