“The World is Ending and I Forgot My Grocery List” is now published!

I have some exciting news!

The World is Ending and I Forgot My Grocery List” was published earlier today by Free Flash Fiction. I’m incredibly excited that this dark, quirky story has a home. If you have two minutes, please give it a read and let me know what you think!

All the best,

Justin

[6] A Newfound World

After winter’s thaw, two young sisters muddied their sneakers as they hiked through the woods.

One halted. “Forests are like libraries,” she whispered.

“Why?” the other asked.

“They’re quiet. And you can learn a lot here.”

They walked on, fascinated by this newfound world — this beautiful discovery in their backyard.

Medium and Microfiction

view of floating open book from stacked books in library
Photo by Jaredd Craig on Unsplash

I write a fair amount of content over on Medium.com. Admittedly, I used to post more work during 2019, but I still create weekly writing prompts over at The Friday Fix – and serve as the editor of the publication.

Recently, the publication has been receiving over fifty prompt-based stories on a weekly basis, and somewhere around twenty to twenty-five original works of microfiction. In total, I’m seeing seventy-five submissions roll in every single week. It’s both incredibly fun and daunting at the same time!

As the person behind the scenes doing a lot of the nitty-gritty work, I’ve realized I haven’t been writing as much microfiction lately. It also feels a bit strange to post my own stories on The Friday Fix, which has evolved into a niche community on Medium with almost 1,500 followers – not to mention over 200 writers.

For this reason, I’ve decided to create my own personal publication on Medium called Story Well. I’m in the process of transferring all of my old fifty-word stories from The Friday Fix archives (wiping some cobwebs and grime off them, too) to Story Well in an effort to rejuvenate my love for this genre. Maybe this will get some new eyes on my work, as well.

As I go about this, my plan is to simultaneously share my stories here on my recently polished WordPress site. I’m interested to see if this will bring on new readers. More importantly, I hope to create more fans of the microfiction form of writing. Who knows, maybe by this time next year I’ll have a collection of my very own stories to shop around to publishers.

Hmm…might there be a chapbook in the not-so-distant future? Only time will tell.

Get ready for a wave of microfiction!

Happy writing,

Justin