In Case You Missed It: My Article in BLVDS Magazine

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Las Vegas? You might be surprised. Be sure to check out my recent article in BLVDS Magazine. I had the opportunity to talk with talented people who have relocated to Las Vegas from around the world.

You can read the article here, or you can pick up the September/October 2014 issue the next time you’re out and about in Las Vegas.

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New Flash Fiction at 50-Word Stories

My very short story “Finding Her Friend” is now live at 50-Word Stories. Stop by to read about unrequited love in the digital age. Find the story here, and then be sure to read some of the other stories on the site. Each tale is exactly…you guessed it…50 words in length.

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A Tragic Dinner-Time Tale

“That’s fine,” he responded. Even over the phone, she could hear the disappointment in his voice.

She could have acquiesced, but she moved forward with her plan. Nothing would stand in her way.

“OK, I’ll call and order the pizza,” she said.

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Very Short Flash Fiction: What to Read and Where to Submit

All flash fiction is short. After all, they don’t call it flash/micro/nano/sudden for nothing.

And sometimes stories aren’t just short, they are teeny-tiny microscopic prokaryotes of creativity that aren’t necessarily appropriate for publications that focus on standard-length flash fiction of 1,000 words or less.

Lately, I’ve been writing and submitting a fair amount of extra-short flash fiction. Along the way, I’ve found some great websites, lit journals, and twitter feeds that publish the briefest possible prose and poems. Looking for a place to submit your work, or just want to do some quick reading? Check out these publications.

I’ve divided the list by story length. Please remember to always double-check submission guidelines before sending in your work. Also, it’s important to note that some of these markets publish longer fiction too.

Exactly 100 Words
100-Word Story
A Story in 100 Words
RiverLit
The Drabblecast

100 Words or Less
Citron Review
Mircofiction Monday

Exactly 50 Words
50-Word Stories

Exactly 25 Words
Nailpolish Stories (Titles must be a nail polish color)

25 Words or Less
Espresso Stories

One Sentence
Monkeybicycle

140 Characters or Less
CellPoems
Confettifall
Cuento Magazine
Escarp
Nanoism
Seven by Twenty
Trapeze
Twiction Addiction
unFold

Exactly 100 Characters
The Drabblecast

Poems that can be read aloud in three minutes or less
Voicemail Poems

If you’d like to see your flash fiction publication added to the list, please contact me at sarah.vernetti at gmail dot com. Please include a link to your submission guidelines.

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In Case You Missed It: my story in Foliate Oak

To be honest, it isn’t often that my former role as an art historian intersects with my current life as a freelance writer, traveler, mom, and volunteer. However, sometimes all of those art historical tidbits that are floating around at the back of my brain come in handy.

In September, my flash fiction piece “Inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera” was published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Although the story doesn’t reflect the painting’s mythological theme, the imagery was inspired by one of my favorite paintings. I love the idea of a strong emotional response resulting in a flower-filled vine spilling from one’s mouth. That part of the painting has always stood out to me. In fact, when I studied abroad in Italy and Germany, each student was required to choose one work of art to research. I chose Botticelli’s Primavera. Standing in front of the painting in the Uffizi Gallery to give my presentation became one of my fondest college memories.

If you have a few minutes, I hope you’ll read my story. Just hop over to Foliate Oak’s website: foliateoak.com/sarah-vernetti.html

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Flash fiction: the shortest story I’ve ever written

A few months ago, I submitted flash fiction to a publication that was seeking six-word stories. That’s right: only six tiny words. Although my submission was rejected, I liked it and wanted to share it here:

Seeing the newborn’s teeth, Mother panicked.

The story doesn’t have a title. Want to help me think of one? Leave a comment! Or, if you are looking for a writing prompt, please feel free to use this as your jumping-off point.

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Summer: recent traveling, writing, and reading

A quick quarterly update…

Travel

This summer started with a visit to two states that were new to me: Wyoming and South Dakota. I also spent a few days in Denver watching baseball and holding tarantulas. During a weekend at Disneyland, I rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad too many times and stood in line for two hours to meet Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame.

Part of living in Las Vegas is serving as a tour guide for family and friends who come to visit. I got to show off some of my favorite Las Vegas sights this summer including the High Roller and the Bellagio Fountains.

Writing

My short story “Deficit” was published by Black Denim Lit in June, and my science fiction story “Addition and Extraction” was included in the August issue of Beyond Imagination Digital Literary Magazine. My flash fiction appeared in Microfiction Monday, Nailpolish Stories, and The Las Vegan, and I have forthcoming stories in RiverLit (online) and 365 Tomorrows. My summer writing also included travel/lifestyle stories, web/app content, and a couple of movie reviews.

Reading

This is where I have failed over the last three months! I started reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in June and have yet to finish it. I’m enjoying the combination of history and vampire lore, but it is just difficult to find the time to read these days. My goal is to finish the book in the next week or two. After all, I’m pretty sure I’ve used up all of my renewals at the library.

What have you been up to this summer?

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Flash Fiction: The Instruction Manual

As you may have noticed, I have been posting more fiction than travel writing lately. I’ve been working on a few travel/lifestyle writing projects, which means my nonfiction writing has been going elsewhere (Hooray!) rather than here on my blog. However, I’m still plugging away at fiction writing in my free time.

This bit of flash fiction wasn’t ready to be submitted, but I liked it anyway. With no characters and no plot, it isn’t truly a complete story, and when I searched for “science fiction, experimental, flash” on searchable market databases, the list seemed fairly short. So, here it is: The Instruction Manual. Enjoy!

The Instruction Manual

Congratulations on your purchase. Please read the following instructions carefully before using your new device. WARNING: IMPROPER USE OF THIS DEVICE COULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE, ILLNESS OR DEATH.

Step 1: Carefully remove device from box. Insert two (2) AA batteries (not included).

Step 2: Apply protective gear: one (1) protective gown, one (1) pair of eye goggles, two (2) rubber gloves. NOTE: Before wearing protective gear, check all items for any punctures or cracks.

Step 3: Turn on the device using the red on/off switch.

Step 4: Place the device near the intended recipient(s). The target(s) with whom you intend to switch places must be within two (2) feet of the device. Expect the transition to be complete within thirty (30) minutes. CAUTION: RESULTS MAY VARY. RESULTS MAY BE PERMANENT. DO NOT USE IF YOU OR THE INTENDED RECIPIENT(S) SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, OR HEART DISEASE. DO NOT USE IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS PREGNANT. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE USE.

You are now ready to use your device and enjoy the freedom that comes with interhuman morphing, “the most popular pastime of 2081,” according to All Humanoid Magazine.

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Flash Fiction: The Second Job

As soon as she walked in the door, she threw her purse on the couch and stripped off her housekeeping uniform. Without hesitation, she walked into the bathroom to take a shower.

“Sad that this is my favorite part of the day,” she thought, as the water rinsed away the dirt and cleaning chemicals and that starchy feeling left behind by her uniform.

She would have stayed in the shower all night, but she had to call her mother, and then she needed to complete the homework for her online class before going to bed and doing it all over again.

As soon as the flow of water stopped, she heard it: the sound of children’s laughter. Could it be coming from outside? That seemed unlikely. There were very few children in the apartment complex where she lived. Most of the other residents were like her, single with no children.

“I guess I left the TV on? Or the radio?” she pondered as she wrapped a tattered towel around herself.

She opened the bathroom door, curious to find the source of the noise. Then she saw them: three children happily chasing each other down the short hallway that led from one end of her apartment to the other.

“Hi, Mommy! What’s for dinner?”

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Flash Fiction: Sun

Our air conditioning isn’t working very well right now, which is pretty aggravating considering that it’s July and I live in Las Vegas. Fortunately, this inspired some (very warm) flash fiction. Enjoy!

Death Valley

They will tell you that the sun is a ball of gases and flames, a steady presence around which the other planets rotate. But the societies of the past knew better. They understood the truth, that the sun is a living entity, a force to be worshiped and appeased.

We stopped worshiping, started studying, and the sun became angry. In retaliation, it threw itself at us, hurtling with ever-increasing speed. The other planets shrank back in fear, recoiling to the outer limits of the solar system. Poor little Pluto just left entirely, never to be seen again.

But not Earth. Earth thinks it knows better.

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