Flash Fiction Online Issue #52 January 2018

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The January 2018 Issue of Flash Fiction Online Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and literary short fiction for the modern reader.
Change—especially for the better—doesn’t come because of a page on the calendar. It comes because we are prepared for it.
By that, I mean that life circumstances prepare us for the inevitability of change.
Pregnancy, by its very nature, prepares us for parenthood. Misery prepares us for the struggle to climb from its grip. The process of aging prepares us to meet our eventual end.
But at some point, the process of change requires something from us. It requires choice. It requires action. It requires us to make decisions about how we will react, what we will do. At some point, we must all take our lives into our own hands. We must all make of ourselves the kind of person we want to become.
And in that light, I think this quote from country musician Brad Paisley is as true of July 23rd or November 6th as it is of January 1st:
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
This month’s stories are all about change, new beginnings, that first page. Some by choice, some by chance.
From Holly Collingwood, “The Solid Years of My Life” – a science fiction short story about an astronaut who travels a long, long way for a new beginning and a cup of coffee.
From Kaely Horton, “Rachel Unerased” – a literary story of love and family.
“Mother’s Rules for a Burned Girl” by Rebecca Mix. A new beginning is found in a dragon’s flames.
And finally, from returning FFO author, Krystal Claxton, “Life, hacked.”
We hope you enjoy.


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