It feels so wildly inappropriate to post this now, but at the same time ... the story is a story about grief and anger and loss and the mysteries of death and life--some coincidences don't feel like coincidences, you know?
I'm very honored to have won third place in Wayne Long's Long Short Story Contest. You can view "Hide and Seek" for free through the link on the contest page or on his blog. Check out the website, and if you get a chance, take advantage of a free offer good until July 25th, 2011. Read Wayne's blog for more details about the free offer.
There are so many wonderful short stories out there, and I think it's worthwhile to look for them. Yes, I love looking at YouTube videos of kittens too, but there's some amazing content out there that isn't visual. Some folks have picked up on it, while others have yet to discover the incredible wealth of quality writing now available on the internet. Learn, discover, and enjoy!
And let me know what you think. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. Sure, it's possible to do that, but it comes with the territory. Besides, it would be dumb and narrow-minded and crazy to insist that everyone like everything ever written ... and that's what would be required for writers to never hear a bad word about any of their writing. I believe in the power and beauty of individual preferences and opinions, even when they're opposite of mine. Maybe especially. They help define my place in the universe. How would I know I preferred fresh fruit if I'd never tasted preserves or artificial flavoring?
Share the wealth and explore the diversity. There's plenty of fun for everyone.