Saturday, October 4, 2008

One-Handed Prayer

I recently discovered wigleaf, an intriguing online magazine of “very short fictions,” all works under 1,000 words. Since I love writing prose poetry and flash fiction, I decided to submit work to the editor, Scott Garson. Today wigleaf posted my accepted story, “One-Handed Prayer,” as well as an author “postcard.” As an extra feature, Scott asks contributors to write a postcard to the readers of the magazine. The entertaining premise is that the readers are the ones who are far away, and the postcard-writing author is writing to them from home. If you feel inspired, do visit the Web site by clicking on wigleaf. There are many stories, postcards, and photographs to explore. Thanks to Scott for the editing suggestions.

Here's the first line of "One-Handed Prayer":

When he lifted the shag rug, he found a hand, palm down, flat as a rose pressed in a bible.

The photo of Renwal dolls was taken 6/30/08. Click on image to enlarge.

12 comments:

Spot said...

Just read it. Wow. That first line!!!! Also love 'The buds glowed like the tips of yellow crayons'

Scott Garson said...

i think i like the picture you chose better than the one i did....

thanks for the story, C!

Christine said...

Thanks for checking it out and for the lovely comments, Spot.

Christine said...

Thanks, Scott, for including the story in/on wigleaf. As for the photo, I have so much fun creating those miniature scenes. I love the faces of those old Renwal dolls.

Pam Hart said...

Cool site -- and wonderfully surrealistic story. I kept seeing Dali-like images!

Christine said...

I appreciate that, Pam! Here I am, among the melting clocks, time running over the edge of my table like lava...

Tara Robertson said...

Great story! I loved that it was utterly unpredictable throughout. A beautiful piece of fiction.
-Tara

Christine said...

Thank you, Tara -- and thanks for taking the time to read it.

Vesper de Vil said...

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Christine said...

Why thank you, Vesper! I just took a look, but didn't see anything ... perhaps I went to the wrong blog?

chocolate waters said...

you're such a marvelous writer, so wonderfully imaginative. loved the postcard at wigleaf also. is it true that turkeys fall asleep in trees and sometimes fall to their death???
keep on keepin' on.

Christine said...

Hi, Chocolate -- thanks for the kind words. I don't know about turkeys tragically falling out of trees, but they sure look strange and awkward perched up above on branches. Of course they don't really appear capable of flying, but they do. Keep your poetic alchemy brewing...