My last post, "In Praise of the Packrat," described a time when I finished a story several years after starting and abandoning it. Today's post is about a story with a much quicker genesis.
Word Riot has published my flash fiction"Casting Off" in their October issue. I wrote this story after I read somewhere about a person knitting stars. The idea caught my imagination. What would someone knit after they knit stars? The rest of the world, I decided.
I wrote "Casting Off" in one sitting, tweaked it, sent it to my writer's group, tweaked it again after their feedback, and sent it to a few journals. The first journal that got back to me accepted it and published it a few months later. From inception to publication, four months, which might be a record for me.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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