One of the things I enjoy most about writing short stories is that there are no limits, really. Stories can be told in a straightforward style, backwards or even sideways, can be a dreamlike narrative or formed as bullet points of action. They can be allegories or feel-good fiction, and they can evoke the entire range of emotion, all within a few short pages. I constantly try to push myself to tell stories in new ways - "The Story of Essa" is one such example. It is an experimental piece that I wrote with a very concrete concept of the form I wanted it to take (which isn't always the case when I begin writing a new piece). It was published as of yesterday in FLAPPERHOUSE's Summer Issue #6, in good company with such writers as Dora Badger, CL Bledsoe, E.H. Brogan, Jane Flett, Dr. M Leona Godin, Jessie Janeshek, J. Wendell Miller, Melissa Moorer, Kirstine Ong Muslim, Leland Neville, Stephen S. Power, Zain Saeed, Kailey Tedesco, Ned Thimmayya and J.G. Walker.
I hope you enjoy reading it.
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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