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Story Spotlight: Leaving Shaktoolik by Sarah Beaudette

Hello, Readers!

I have decided to start a Story Spotlight feature to share the work of other authors that I enjoy and think you may as well, so here we go.

I have been competing in the NYC Midnight Competitions for a couple of years, and this time one of my friends has taken home the top prize! Out of 2100 writers, 40 competed in the final round where they had 24 hours and up to 1500 words to write a story about a hoarder and eavesdropping. Sarah’s lovely story was published on the NYC Midnight site today and I encourage you to take a look.

Your animals have gone child, and they’ve left our house so empty. If I promise to stop listening to your thoughts, will they ever come back; will you?

Warning: you may want to grab a box of tissues before diving into Leaving Shaktoolik.

A revised version of the story was accepted for publication by Gold Fever Press for an upcoming anthology. Congratulations again, Sarah! If you’d like to know more about the author and her experiences as a modern nomad, visit her at The Luxpats.

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Behind the Story: From Just Friends to Love in 700 Words or Less

Splickety Love is a flash fiction magazine that revolves around quarterly themes, and I decided to submit something for their “Just Friends” issue.  While they publish fiction of up to 1000 words, you have a better chance of being selected if you can stay under 700. I wanted to put the odds in my favor, but I’d never tried to write a full story with such a low word count.

I started with two people who meet on a bike ride, but that story currently sits, unfinished, at over 3000 words. A few days before the deadline, I got a new idea that focused on a single incident that changes the way my main character views a man she’s known almost her entire life. The result was Heartstrings, which was published on their blog today.

This is the musical piece mentioned in the story. I must have listened to it fifty times while I was writing 🙂


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