Turn, Turn, Turn
My youngest child has become something of a Rubik’s Cube fanatic. She owns ten or so, including a 12-sided cube. She recently learned to solve a 5X5 cube and can solve the classic 3X3 cube in about 2 minutes.
When completed, of course, the Rubik’s Cube has nine differently-colored sides. Turn the cube, and you see red. Turn it again, and you see green, or blue or white or orange.
Stories are like that, each one a structural square of words, made of smaller squares of the elements a writer uses to build it, that communicate something to the reader. But despite all the structural similarities that are consistently used to construct something that you and I recognize as a story, each one is unique in significant ways.
Turn to “Mirror Skinned” by returning Flash Fiction Online author Kelly Sandoval; a science fiction journey of self-discovery among the stars.
Turn again to “Wikipedia Abduction Myth” by another returning author, Oliver Buckram; an amusing look at conspiracy theory and internet urban myth. Take my advice. Click the hyperlinks.
Turn again to “The Cormorant in the Glass-bottomed Cage” by Rebecca Birch; a gentle and enchanted tale of a woman who is not what she appears to be.
Turn one more time to our Reprint selection for this month, “When the Selkie Comes” (originally published in Daily Science Fiction) by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley; a tale of love, missed opportunity, and magic.
Also, this month, enjoy interviews with Rebecca Birch and Kelly Sandoval.
Ready? Set! Read!!
© 2015 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.