Speaking of French: It’s Come to Our Attention Available via Smashwords, Amazon

Yesterday, as noted, was S.C.I.F.I. writers critique group day at which my story on the griddle was my recent flash piece “A Saint Valentine’s Day Tale,” as also noted in a different outing on February 7.  This introduced the blithely-humored Frenchwoman Claudette, recently come to New Orleans with the vampiress Aimée and the “casket girls” of New Orleanian urban legend.  (For more on the casket girls, incidentally, see just below, February 18, regarding a tale starring Aimée herself called “Flightless Rats,” including a link to allow you to read it yourself.)  The story was well received with one comment I especially liked, from one who added she had been a French Literature major, that even in less than 600-words Claudette’s character came off as unmistakably French.

Come we now one day later, and it’s come to my Sunday afternoon e-attention (sorry, couldn’t resist) that IT’S COME TO OUR ATTENTION, the Spring 2016 entry in Third Flatiron Publishing’s “Third Flatiron Anthologies” series, has just been published.  IT’S COME TO OUR ATTENTION from Third Flatiron Anthologies contains imaginative speculative fiction short stories about things that could be happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, but which could still be extremely significant or make a big difference, to quote Amazon’s blurb.  Visit a landfill to hear some real trash talk.  Tag along with an alien agent here to save the earth from his hideout in the insane asylum.  Bust a conspiracy to change the climate via mind control.  Form an unhealthy attachment to your radio.  Go down to the basement even though we told you not to. Decide on the pros and cons of immortality.  Tell a librarian she would look beautiful without her glasses.  Find out what’s at the bottom of the wishing well (besides coins).  Indulge in a little illegal but highly satisfying genetic tinkering.  Acknowledge the debt we all owe to French culture.  

So, speaking of French. . . .

In any event, my story in this is called “Chocolat” (cf. January 25, et al.), about a Frenchman and, like “A Saint Valentine’s Day Tale,” it’s told in about 500 words and has a lot to do with food.  To savor for oneself, one can find IT’S COME TO OUR ATTENTION on Smashwords by pressing here, or Amazon by pressing here.

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