I've been hearing for a couple of weeks that some folks are having a hard time distinguishing my fiction from my anecdotes. I'm not sure what this says about either my writing skills or my life….
But I think that it might say that apparently I live a much more exciting life than I had heretofore realized.
[YES!.....I've always wanted to use heretofore in a sentence]
When I started with the Friday flash group, I posted all of my fiction in italics, but I got feedback that it was too hard to read that way, so I went back to posting fiction the same way that I publish my daily posts.
And now I feel awful that I did because yesterday a much loved friend read Lament without realizing that it was fiction. And she was gut punched by it. I felt bad enough gut punching the readers over the weekend who had been warned via twitter and word of mouth that it was a desperately sad story, let alone gobsmacking an innocent friend…..
So I've gone through and marked all of my flash with the words "flash fiction."
But just so you know……I didn't mark Famous last words……a zombie western as fiction…..for two reasons…….  the title takes up the whole line, and  if there's anyone out there who can't tell that a zombie western is fiction I think that it may be time to ask the nurse to dial down the morphine drip.