My surreal (and some have said funny) ditty, “Barden Bernick, Living the Dream,” has sold to Every Day Fiction. It’s a weird day-in-the-life story of a guy who lives his waking life in an anxiety-riddled dreamworld and sleeps in rational reality.
And there’s Yiddish! I had Yiddish-speaking grandparents and my dad’s first language was Yiddish. I love the sound of Yiddish words, and I’d been wanting to use more than one or two in a story for a while. Also, since it’s hard to develop characters fully in flash, I’m always looking for ways to reveal character without using many words. The particular milieu in which I imagined Barden existing was an American liberal Jewish one similar to my own background, and it seemed to me that a smattering of Yiddish would help to reveal that about Barden without explaining it outright.
I have a soft spot for this quirky little piece and I’m glad it found a home. Thanks to the Every Day Fiction staff for taking a risk on this oddity.
“The Nymph of Limantour,” mentioned previously in this post, is up today at Every Day Fiction as scheduled if you’d like to give it a read. If you miss it today, you’ll still be able to read it, but you may need to search for it.
My fantasy flash piece, “The Nymph of Limantour,” will appear in the online magazine Every Day Fiction this month. It’s currently slated for March 6. I’m delighted, and I’m grateful to the editors of Every Day Fiction for their support of this story.
It’s a mysterious thing, but I have more affection for some of my stories than others. I can’t really point to a reason why this should be, either in general or with reference to a particular story. I feel somewhat guilty about it, like I’m not supposed to have favorites among my creative offspring.
“Nymph” is one of those stories. Perhaps because it was fun, but difficult, to write. Perhaps because I find the main character, Marin, interesting, and her plight sad but hopeful. Perhaps it’s just one of those mysterious things for which there isn’t really an answer.
The story’s setting is a future, somewhat dystopic version of Limantour Beach. Fortunately, the Limantour Beach in our world is still clean and beautiful.