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February 2011 One-Off: A Jay Lake Story

Welcome to the February 2011 issue of 10Flash Quarterly.

We’re pleased to present a special One-Off story this month from Jay Lake, the first established professional author to present his flash fiction at 10Flash Quarterly.

Jay gives us a story rife with a commanding melange of metaphor and lush imagery.  What do scavenger beetles and corporate executives have in common? To find out, visit Jay In the Green Jungles of Envy, a place that promises so much but offers no way out.

Gay Degani, Editor of Flash Fiction Chronicles, elucidates the reasons why a writer should enter writing contests at Six Reasons Why Entering Contests Pays OffSandra Odell is with us, too, with the first of a two-part review of SF podcasts — Do You Hear What I Hear? And Jude-Marie examines the power of names in By Any Other Name.

Thanks for dropping by.

K.C. and Jude-Marie


In the Green Jungles of Envy

slipstream fantasy by Jay Lake

In the green jungles of envy the tiger stalks his prey.  Stripes flicker through shadows, the casual eye seeing nothing more than the flicker of sunlight on the trees.  Monkeys scream from their high perches, throwing mud and sticks and worse down like a solid rain, as if the earth had mistakenly risen to beat against the uncaring tropical sky.  There is always too much water or not enough.  The word “sufficiency” is not in nature’s vocabulary, not here.


“I don’t give a flying god-damn what the FAA says.”  The CEO, whose name was on the building, screamed into the telephone, pounding his teakwood desk with the butt of his letter opener — an antique Turkish dagger worth more than most of his employees’ homes.  “You’re the broker, straighten it out.  I’ve been waiting too god-damned long for this jet.  I’ll get it somewhere else if I have to.  Do you hear me?”  He shook the phone in his fist.  “Well?”

[To read the entire story, click on the title]

Six Reasons Why Entering Contests Pays off

commentary by Gay Degani, Editor of Flash Fiction Chronicles

Most writers hanging out on the internet know about flash fiction, that pesky stepchild that’s dug in its heels and demanded equal consideration as a viable genre of literature.

Most writers are also aware of the multitude of contests springing up at flash fiction sites, but these writers just might wonder why bother?

As the editor of Flash Fiction Chronicles, sponsor of the String-of-10 Micro-fiction Contest from February 6 through February 12, 2011, let me count the whys.

[To read the entire commentary, click on the title]

Do You Hear What I’ve Heard?

a review by Sandra Odell

To those of you caught in the seemingly endless loop of too much to do/too little time to read, I say:  “Podcasts!”

“You can’t read podcasts,” you say.  True, but you can read on, dear friends, for with the next two columns we shall tour the internet in search of quality genre short fiction in the form of free audio and mp3 files available directly from the websites or through services such as iTunes.

Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes these days:  mainstream; alternative; music; literary; political; interview; DIY; butchering; baking; candlestick making.  You name it.

[To read the entire review, click the title]

By Any Other Name

commentary by Jude-Marie Green, Co-Editor of 10Flash Quarterly

Paul Atreides.

How does one even pronounce that? Or “Maud’dib”?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet — but how would we pronounce it? Once we name it, we own it, and its story joins the collective. We know who Paul Atreides is, even if we debate on how to say the Latinized Greek of his name (or the Latinized Arabic of his Fremen name.)

Elton John (singer/entertainer, big glasses!) wrote A Candle In The Wind orginally for Marilyn, then rewrote it for Diana. Those are all very well-known names; we know who they are, their public personas, and a bit of their tragedies just from their names.

[To read the entire commentary, click the title]

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