Funny Short Story About What Happens to Displaced CEOs

The latest edition of the literary journal, Word Riot, is out, and it includes a short-story/flash-fiction piece called CEO by Billy Middleton.  I thought this was cleverly written…

“I adopted a corporate CEO from the local shelter. He was let out on the street after his company folded, was picked up rooting through dumpsters, running through busy intersections. The volunteer at the shelter told me he was unfriendly…”

To read the rest of the story or hear the story read to you by the author, go here.

Flash Fiction: Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right

Author, Gay Degani, has a great flash fiction story out called Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right.  This short short story starts out:

The minute the nose of my Honda Civic points north on the 5, my hands begin to sweat, my breath goes shallow, and somewhere down in my lower intestinal tract I feel a rumbling similar to distant thunder, just not as pleasant. Don’t Go Home is the first cardinal rule in Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right, and after a lifetime in Lomita with my German-Irish father, Rule 1 is easy to follow. After all, most of our communications begin with him grumbling, “Can’t you get anything right?”

Read this entire flash fiction story at Flash Fiction Online, a flash fiction online literary magazine, or read more short fiction at the Flash Fiction Online homepage.  You can also visit Gay Degani’s homepage or buy one of Gay Degani’s books at amazon.com.

I love it when I discover talented authors previously unknown to me, and I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on this one and looking for more of her stuff to read.

Watermelon Goblins, A Short Short Story

Check out Teresa Valle’s flash fiction story, Watermelon Goblins, on her blog, Cuentos, Little Stories by Teresa(Note: the link points to the full poem which has a couple of slightly off-color words.  Nothing major, but I like to warn people.) 

Here is an excerpt:

There’s a story everybody tells about a box that should never be opened, and in the story of course somebody always opens it and then things happen. This is a story told by all the people of the world, is what my grandmother always said. In some stories the box is made of gold, or pewter, or brass. In some it is made of woven rushes, or thin porcelain or wood. In my grandmother’s version, the box is made of mud, and inside the box lives a storyteller also made of mud. He is a mud goblin, with reaching hands and a large slobbering mouth.

It’s a pleasantly rambling story, yet it is still cohesive in its own quirky way.  It almost reads like creative nonfiction, except it’s creative fiction.  Teresa admits to “blenderizing fact and fiction” in her About Me page, so who knows, part of it could be nonfiction.  She also shares on her About Me page that her brothers have enormous foreheads but that her and her iguana have relatively small ones.

The Dead Boy at Your Window

Bruce Holland Rogers is a prolific, talented, and award-winning writer.  He has a unique setup on the web where, for a very small fee, you can get 3 of his short short stories a month sent to your email account.  There are different types of discounts available, including one for just plain being broke.

Many of the stories will eventually end up in various publications, but you will see them first.  This seems to me like a great bargain for fans, and once you’ve read his stories, you will be a fan.

Here is an excerpt from a piece called “The Dead Boy at Your Window”:

“His voice was like the rasping of dry leaves. Because it was so hard to hear him, the teacher made all the other students hold their breaths when he gave an answer.  She called on him often, and he was always right.”

You can read the full text of The Dead Boy at Your Window at a website called Tales of the Decongested (which features London-based authors) or on Bruce Holland Rogers’ website.  His site features free samples of his work and various links, including one to his blog.