Check out a new flash chapbook and stories by Diane D. Gillette

Diane D. Gillette's "We're All Just Trying To Make It To January 2nd" is a collection that seeks to question the meaning of the holidays whilst expertly examining emotive aspects of life that often coincide with celebration. Gillette work adds sardonic flair to often overly scripted depictions of the holidays. Instead, Gillette takes the reader through a variety of experiences presented neatly in bite-sized writing.

Diane Gillette’s had quite a busy Fall. The most exciting news is the publication of her wonderful book of flash with the Fahmidian & Co. Publishing house. We highly encourage you to take a moment this year to give your friends and family this great collection of flash, a beautiful book of lived moments: images, emotions, and awakenings.

In addition to her book, Diane has also published a few stories. If you haven’t read Diane or if you already love the distinctive voice and vision of Diane’s fiction, please take an hour to catch up on these great additions to her work.

God Forgot - Whale Road Review

Move-In Day - Five Minutes

Yet Again the Reversed Fool, Upright Tower - Pithead Chapel

Bleeding Heart, Growing Up and Wild Turkey - Flash Boulevard

She clicked the deadbolt into place and went to her bedroom where she undressed for a shower. She figured by the time she got out, George would have remembered that his sister had a perfectly good pull-out couch he could sleep on.
— From "Resolution"

Diane D. Gillette's "We're All Just Trying To Make It To January 2nd" is a collection that seeks to question the meaning of the holidays whilst expertly examining emotive aspects of life that often coincide with celebration. Gillette work adds sardonic flair to often overly scripted depictions of the holidays. Instead, Gillette takes the reader through a variety of experiences presented neatly in bite-sized writing.

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“Did You Eat a Lot Of Paint Chips as a Child?”: A new story from Lori Barrett

Check out 凤凰体育买球’s Lori Barrett new story, “Did You Eat a Lot of Paint Chips as a Child,” in Bull magazine. This is a funny and heartbreaking tale of a mid-life man’s adventure working retail.

Check out 凤凰体育买球’s Lori Barrett new story, “Did You Eat a Lot of Paint Chips as a Child,” in Bull magazine. This is a funny and heartbreaking tale of a mid-life man’s adventure working retail.

He glanced around. Tea wouldn’t appeal to a kid. Nor would candles. He thought about the fruity lip balm. His daughter had opened them one by one to smell them the day she came in. He walked the woman back toward the front, to the lip balms in a fishbowl next to another fishbowl with the coconut-bead keyrings. In between them a pink sign on an easel said $2.50 EACH.

The woman sniffed a kiwi scented one. Vaughn could smell the nondescript sweetness from where he stood.
— "Did You Eat a Lot of Paint Chips as a Child"
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A new list story from D.A. Hosek, "The Norton Anthology of Self-Destructive Behaviors"

“The Norton Anthology of Self-Destructive Behaviors” by D.A. Hosek provides us list-lovers with a short story we can keep on our wall. Well, maybe a little dark for that, this well crafted story uses lists to build it’s drive and leave the reader lingering on the edge.

The Norton Anthology of Self-Destructive Behaviors” by D.A. Hosek provides us list-lovers with a short story we can keep on our wall. Well, maybe a little dark for that, this well crafted story uses lists to build it’s drive and leave the reader lingering on the edge. Find it in here in Meniscus, 9.1, 2021.

Self-loathing
This is not a lifestyle to be proud of. The only possible reaction is disgust. It’s like encountering the festering corpse of a rat covered with maggots.
— "The Norton Anthology of Self Destructive Behaviors"
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Check out new flash, Stingrays in Captivity by Diane D. Gillette

“Stingrays in Captivity” appeared in Lost Balloon, an online publication inspired by the ‘birthday balloon that slips from your fingers and floats into the horizon, or the dropped ice cream cone.

Stingrays in Captivity” appeared in Lost Balloon, an online publication inspired by the “birthday balloon that slips from your fingers and floats into the horizon, or the dropped ice cream cone.”

I unwrap one of the sponge lollipops they gave me and dip it in the lukewarm cup. I pick up the TV remote with my free hand and flip through channels while I swab the inside of my mouth.
— "Stingrays in Captivity"
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凤凰体育买球’s Diane D. Gillette placed a new flash piece with Middle House Review

“The walls were snug around us, five hard-luck girls sharing a two-bedroom apartment alone-together in a candy-bright city that made promises it couldn't keep.”

Diane’s story St. Nicolas was selected by Middle House Review to appear in Issue 6. Another great flash from Diane.

The walls were snug around us, five hard-luck girls sharing a two-bedroom apartment alone-together in a candy-bright city that made promises it couldn’t keep.
— "St. Nicholas"
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Diane D. Gillette takes third place in the Reflex Fiction Quarterly international flash fiction competition

“Let’s say we grew up with parents who loved each other. Let’s say that we don’t both know that Mom should’ve packed you up and made her escape long before I was born.”

Congratulations to Diane D. Gillette taking third place in the international flash competition by Reflex Fiction! Check out her piece “An Apology, of Sorts, to My Brother at His Funeral” in the Autumn 2020 edition.

Let’s say we grew up with parents who loved each other. Let’s say that we don’t both know that Mom should’ve packed you up and made her escape long before I was born.
— "An Apology, of Sorts, to My Brother at His Funeral"
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A new story “The Namesake” by a new 凤凰体育买球 member

D.A. Hosek has joined us in our virtual Zoom world this strange year. Please check out his most recent publication in The Sandy River Review, “The Namesake”.

We are happy to welcome a new writer to our group. D.A. Hosek has joined us in our virtual Zoom world this strange year. We look forward to meeting him in corporeal form in 2021. Please check out his most recent publication in The Sandy River Review, “The Namesake”.

It began as a joke. I share my name with a famous author. I’d known as much since his first book appeared on the best seller lists, but I hadn’t known that we also shared a birth date.
— "The Namesake"
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New flash by Diane, “Shiny, Pretty, Bright”

“Look, I’m married! I’m married!” she’d squealed to her brothers and sisters, showing off her shiny accessory. They shrieked and ran from her. “Gross! Gross!”

Another great flash released a couple weeks ago from Diane D. Gillette! Check out “Shiny, Pretty, Bright” in the cool new journal / French vending machine for literature Short Circuit.

‘Look, I’m married! I’m married!’ she’d squealed to her brothers and sisters, showing off her shiny accessory. They shrieked and ran from her. ‘Gross! Gross!’
— "Shiny, Pretty Bright"
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Another flash by Diane, “Waiting in Line for a Picture with Santa, Late on Christmas Eve”

2020 has been a great year for Diane D. Gillette! Check out her most recent publication at Matter Press, “Waiting in line for a Picture with Santa, Late on Christmas Eve”.

2020 has been a great year for Diane D. Gillette! Check out her most recent publication at The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, “Waiting in Line for a Picture with Santa, Late on Christmas Eve”.

A damp warmth spreads under my hand as Lila’s diaper gives out. The dark stain conquers the red and green striped tights of the elf outfit my mother-in-law Geraldine gifted us: a contract for peace mere months after Lila’s arrival into this world. One I’ve ignored for too long.
— “Waiting in line for a Picture with Santa, Late on Christmas Eve”
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A new flash by Diane, “Glub”

A new flash “Glub” by Diane D. Gillette was published in September on Brilliant Flash Fiction.

A new flash “Glub” by Diane D. Gillette released in the September issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction. It’s a great read that went a couple rounds in the group. Take a look - it’s compiled with all the other fictions released in September.

I stare at the bowl in Evan’s hands. Glub’s eyes are clouded over. I can’t for the life of me think of one anecdote I can share about him.
— "Glub"
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A new flash from Lori, “Baby Chowder”

“Baby Chowder” by Lori Barrett published September 9 in JMWW. Congratulations, Lori!

Her lack of employment made her defensive. She’d stepped aside when May was born. Stepping back in took herculean leaning. The pram in the hallway is a somber enemy of art, a photography professor had proclaimed to a class full of students when Beth was in college. She researched it. The person quoted would have been more than a hundred years old, if he were still alive. Virginia Woolf hated him. But the words were born again when she purchased her first stroller.
— "Baby Chowder"
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A new story by Diane, “After the Fire Burns Out”

“After the Fire Burns Out” a new flash from our own Diane D. Gillette was published today on Spelk Fiction.

“After the Fire Burns Out” a new flash from our own Diane D. Gillette was published today on Spelk Fiction.

I’m baffled by how much stuff I accumulated in just a year. After the fire, I was left only with what I’d worn to the ugly Christmas sweater party. The snowman lit up and blinked to the rhythm of Jingle Bells, a useless SOS raging against the flames of our house.
— "After the First Burns Out"
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Cassiopeia

Laura Nelson published a great new story at Fiction Southeast. The group workshopped the story at lest once! Check it out!

Laura Nelson published a great new story at Fiction Southeast. The group workshopped the story at lest once! Check it out!

I turn off the headlights and pull into the driveway slowly, willing the old Camry to tiptoe under the children’s windows. An old Modest Mouse album – an album I first heard in college and still think of as new music - is playing softly, but I can’t risk it. I disconnect my phone from the cheap Bluetooth speaker clipped …
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A View From Inside

Lori Barrett just published a  new essay up over at Scoundrel Times.

Lori Barrett just published a  new essay up over at Scoundrel Times.

Congrats, Lori!

Blanche walked through the lobby, her hands in her pants pockets, and looked out the window. Her short hair, usually curled and slightly teased, hung straight and was tucked behind her ears.

“That snow is out there taunting us,” she said.

I couldn’t help agreeing; it felt like a bad joke. The world outside had careened to an unrecognizable place, and the world inside had tilted even further from the reality any of us knew.
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Thanksgiving

Diane D. Gillette published another Flash this week in MoonPark Review!

Diane D. Gillette published another Flash this week in MoonPark Review! She’s on a recent streak this year, with 6 publications in the first 6 months of 2020. Amazing news! Something good happening in 2020…

A mere three months after the incident that was never, ever, ever discussed again, Lydia’s mother invited three eligible bachelors to Thanksgiving dinner. She picked out a dress for Lydia to wear. It sadly didn’t have any pockets for hiding secrets.

“You just never know, my sweet,” her mother informed her. “You just never know.”

Lydia didn’t know, that was for certain.


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