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New micro-flash + science: A FUTURE SO BRIGHT

Over at Story Seed Vault, publisher Alex Massey challenges authors to craft speculative micro-fiction based on real science. She calls this story “Story Seed #56.”

I also call it “A Future So Bright.”

Story Seed Vault

Now, everyone wore shades that filtered out blue; the world looked rosy. One day, she tore off her shades, saw the world as it was—and wept.

Anna Kander weaves together three scientific concepts in this piece to create a piece of horror that may become all too real. As the earth’s ozone layer thins, it lets in more UVB light, just past blue and violet on the color spectrum. Blue and UV light can harm human eyesight. The obvious solution? Visible blue light can be filtered with sunglasses that are reddish-yellow. Will we search for more cosmetic answers to climate change instead of trying to reverse it? // Alex Massey

//Anna Kander is a social worker in the Midwestern US. Her work is slated to appear in Breadcrumbs, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and beyond. Find her at annakander.com.//

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Author Interview – Anna Kander

Thank you again, Morgan! –AK

Morgan AB Saddleson

Author Interview Anna Kander

Thanks to Twitter, I have been able to meet a few great writers. Here is an interview I had with Anna Kander as part of an interview-swap!

 

author-photo-20171 The lovely Anna Kander. Photo from her blog found in bio.

Anna Kander writes fiction, dark fantasy, and poetry featuring strong women. She’s also a licensed counselor in the Midwest. Her work is published or forthcoming in Star*Line, Leveler, Train, and other magazines. Kander writers with her sidekick, a fearless blue fish who doesn’t realize he’s only one inch tall. She also loves chai tea, kindness, and snarky advice. Read her blog HERE!

1.) If you could read from only one author for the rest of your life, who would you pick?

Bill Watterson. He wrote and drew Calvin and Hobbes.

2.) Coffee, tea, or 5-hour energy drinks?

Without coffee, I might die.

3.) Any “weird” writer’s habits you’ve developed?

On my desk I…

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New poem: The Return (about coming home for the holidays)

Thank you to Snapdragon for publishing “The Return,” a prose poem about returning home for a holiday! The journal issue, Remember, is available as an e-book of poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography for $5.

An excerpt from “The Return”

Festivity seeps from the fading house. Bright streamers cross peeling paint, strung by a Southern mother forever celebrating occasions that bring childless children home.

Hammered tin rabbits spring from yard stakes bearing baskets of eggs. Their cute kitsch leers at me. Pastels are not my colors. Soft prey animals are not my mascots.

No worry, I have armor like scales…

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New speculative flash fiction: “The Man with the Broken Heart”

Speculative 66 has a new issue! I’m on lucky page #13, with The Man with the Broken Heart, a 66-word speculative fiction.

Poor Harold—a terrible writer who loved to write. Days, he labored as a mad scientist. Nights, he…

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New Poem: “American Rattlesnake”

Thank you to I am not a silent poet for publishing American Rattlesnake, a poem about the US President’s recent pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Here’s news that inspired the poem:

“a federal investigation found that deputies had used stun guns on prisoners already strapped into a ‘restraint chair.’ The family of one man who died after being forced into the restraint chair was awarded more than six million dollars… The family of another man killed in the restraint chair got $8.25 million… after the discovery of a surveillance video that showed fourteen guards beating, shocking, and suffocating the prisoner, and after the sheriff’s office was accused of discarding evidence, including the crushed larynx of the deceased.”

—evidence against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as reported by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker

Read the poem here.

Daily writing prompts for September from #51writers

I host #51writers, a Twitter hashtag for writers. Here’s our calendar for September! We’re having a virtual potluck, celebrating holidays for hats and cheese pizza, and staking out controversial opinions about semicolons… 🙂

Hope to see you there! You can follow @51writers for daily prompts at http://twitter.com/51writers

New poem: Siren

Today I have a new poem out—about a boy surviving trauma.

“Siren” is out in issue 5 of Awakened Voices.

SIREN

Loud red,
fire-engine red
alarm on his arm
screaming.

Emergency dispatch, please send one of each:
a cop, an ambulance, and a fire-truck.

We might need everyone…

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