Quick Reads (January 2018)

Hey, everyone! How is your New Year going? Are those resolutions a habit yet or are they falling to the wayside? What goals have you made for your writing or reading this year?

One of my less rigid goals for 2018 was to read more flash fiction and short stories. I figure it’s cooler to read and share, so these monthly posts will cover all of the individual pieces that I’ve read in a 28+ day period. This list is not necessarily meant to act as a review, a show of favor, or a “best of” list—so please keep that in mind when I’m sharing these stories. Hopefully my resolution to do this will become habit and not fall to the wayside. 🙂

Feel free to share your own findings in the comments!


Something Elemental” by Alyssa Jordan (CHEAP POP)
[Note: Alyssa works for Tethered by Letters, where I volunteer.]

Wind Warning” by Traci Skuce (Varnish Journal)
[Note: Traci’s work is in Issue #2 along with my flash fiction story!]

In the Corner Under Baby Jesus on the Cross” by Dawn Wilson (Paper Darts)
[Note: Dawn leads Inklings, which is a new writing group I attend.]

Aphorisms of Someone More Famous Than You” by Frankie Bielfeld (Laurel Magazine)
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The King’s Last Meal” by Philip Charter (Laurel Magazine)
[Note: both flash fiction stories appear before my flash fiction story in this issue!]

Nature.” by Cheryl Pappas (SmokeLong Quarterly)

There Are Songs That Only Echo in the Belly of the Sea” by Rebecca Saltzman (SmokeLong Quarterly)

Mechanical Martyr” by Rachel Levy (Atticus Review)

Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories” by Gwen E. Kirby (Guernica)

“The Beast” by Megan Cummins (CRAFT)

Pigeon Forge” by Jenny Xie (The Offing)

The Changeling” by Matt Jones (Ruminate)

In the Lakewater” by Monica Wang (The /tƐmz/ Review)

The Little Transient” by Lorri McDole (Prime Number Magazine)

Homecoming” by NoĂ«l Rozny (Prime Number Magazine)

Nebraska” by Nathan Knapp (The Collagist)

Sleeping Beauty is Not Well” by Cezarija Abartis (Bennington Review)

Fantasy World Has Fallen Into Disrepair” by Alexandra Tanner (Nashville Review)

On Top of the World” by Len Kuntz (Wigleaf)

Clemency” by Cady Vishniac (The Lascaux Review)

Excerpts: Half of What I Say by Anil Menon (Mithila Review)

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January Mini Reviews

For 2018, I hope to read at least 52 books by the end of the year. This may seem like a low goal, so it may also come as a surprise to you that I’m a slow reader, considering how much I read. However, my undergraduate and graduate courses have helped me nail the novel-per-week schedule in the past, so I think 52 books is doable for me.

At the end of the month, as a response to each book, I plan to write mini reviews. The reviews will consist of mainly what worked and links to the book. If you wish to discuss what didn’t work in the novel—or better yet, your own reading goals for the year—I’d encourage you to comment on this post.

Without further ado, here are the mini reviews for this month. (Mild spoilers may follow.)


novel, literary fiction, science fiction

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

How could a dystopian junkie pass up The Salt Line? I couldn’t of course. Holly Goddard Jones had me at deadly ticks and outdoor excursions.

Summary from the Penguin Random House website:

When I woke up this morning, I checked my email and found an acceptance letter for two of my flash fiction stories! The wonderful team at Laurel Magazine has offered a home for both “Disembodied” and “Overabundance.” I’m grateful to be part of the Laurel Family. You will be able to read “Disembodied” in the inaugural issue (tentatively releasing this month) and “Overabundance” in the second issue (likely in July). I hope you check them out and—as always—thanks for reading!

I’m elated to announce that “Predator,” my flash fiction story, has been accepted for publication at Varnish Journal. The piece will appear in Issue #2, likely in January. Please check it out if you have time. And thanks for reading if you do! Also, a big thank you to the editors, Nathan Elias and Alexi Milano, for this opportunity.