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December Line-up

The Christian Christmas, the Buddhist Bodhi Day, the Jewish Hanukkah, the Hopi Soyal, the Pan-African Kwanzaa, the Hindu Pancha Ganapati, the Saxon Mōdranihit, the Vainakh Malkh Festival, the Iranian Yalda, the East Asian Dōngzhi Festival. In nearly every corner of the globe, someone is celebrating something during the month of December.

For your holiday enjoyment, no matter how you celebrate, we offer you “Room for Everyone” by Marie DesJardin, in which, as Marie says ‘…an enthusiastic space captain attempts to honor everyone’s beliefs; the size of the ship is not allowed to be a consideration.’ Tell us how you celebrate this month.

And since we’re making room for everyone, how about a little something for everyone?

Next up this month, the return of Flash Fiction Online alumnus Mercedes M. Yardley with a haunting fantasy, “Milk and Moonshine,” in which we’re transported inside the mind and thoughts of the victim of a curse. Did she get what she deserved? You tell me.

Last up this month, “Bonnie and Clyde” by Lia Mitchell. A tense tale of fear and compassion and the will to live. I ask myself, what would I do in the same situation? What would you do?

Enjoy! And have a Happy Christmas/Kwanzaa/Soyal/Yalda/Dōngzhi/Hanukkah/New Year!

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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"yourguest", do you have something constructive to offer, like a story in less than a thousand words? Or perhaps genuine constructive criticism of one or more of the pieces published here? If not, please don't waste our time with comments which are more designed to undermine than illuminate. Provocation is only beneficial if it has some real substance and perhaps leads towards the insight you ask for - then it would be welcome.


Why do so many American publications, such as this one, claim to publish stories about the human condition, while consisting only presenting completely meaningless and shallow pieces of excrement that are absolutely craftless and don't even attempt to give any kind of insight into anything whatsoever.

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