Exciting "Kettle" news!

I just found out that my flash fiction story “The Kettle and I” has been selected for inclusion in Bewildering Stories’ First Quarterly Review, 2012.

I am also honoured to receive their Order of Merit for the most highly-rated flash fiction story in this review.

"The Kettle and I" - a story by Halsted M. Bernard

I am pleased to announce the publication of my story "The Kettle and I" in Bewildering Stories, issue 471. Here is an excerpt:

We enter the three-story Victorian and stand at the wooden counter. A thick pane of bulletproof glass separates us from the innkeeper. My not-mother holds her palm up to the glass and the innkeeper scans the chip inside. He shows her down a long hallway, waving me off to the waiting room. Dust films the windows and fogs the carpet. A pad bolted to the wall plays clips of smiling goodbyes read by actors in age makeup.

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Links to this story and more are now at the newly-redesigned

The Kettle and I

This photo does double-duty today as story illustration and Project 365 submission. What a hard-working kettle!

Tiger-eyed and Tinytown.

I rediscovered this wonderful literary community online called Fictionaut, and posted an older bit of flash fiction called “Tiger-eyed”. An excerpt:

The tiger-eye beads around her neck would wink at me like a nervous uncle sharing a secret with a child. They roll on her sternum like marbles. At night, on her nightstand, they whisper my secret to the patchouli-scented room. How long have they known?

Also, the first draft of my short story “Tinytown” is 28% complete. The new word-counting widget in the sidebar told me! Because I am encouraged by statistics, I hope to make that 100% by the end of the year.

I would like to say that I found these bits of writerly motivation from within, but it’s all the slush-pile reading. There’s nothing quite like seeing completed stories every day to make me want to complete my own.

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