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Hope in the Midst

An ancient Irish carol says, “The darkest midnight in December, no snow, nor hail, nor winter storm / Shall hinder us for to remember the babe that on this night was born.” 

Those haunting lines speak of hope in the midst of the the deepest despair.  

Our Christmas story this year is just as haunting.  “Hairbrush, Socks, Pencils, Orange,” by Kate Heartfield, is a story in which a daughter learns something about her father that changes the meaning of Christmas.  You may be surprised exactly what she learns.  We hope Kate hasn’t fallen in despair waiting for it to be published.  We’ve been saving it for our December issue since March.

And speaking of hope amidst despair, our own Flash Fiction Online staffer, Stefan Milicevic, offers “When Death’s Daughter Deals the Cards,” a gritty tale of a coffin-toting girl and a bartender on a winning streak.  

Finally this month is a story that may not fit our theme and may not be as plot driven as we usually prefer but that we couldn’t pass up.  “The Secret Lives of Sea Monsters,” by Cislyn Smith, is a charming story that is what it says.  We hope you’ll love it too.

Happy reading!

Suzanne Vincent

Editor-in-Chief

Flash Fiction Online

 

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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