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Another awe-inspiring post by you, Kathy! I have a few recommendations on Substack:

Lonely Robot Theme writes poignantly on many nuances of loneliness found in films and books. The latest publication can be found here: https://lonelyrobottheme.substack.com/p/im-here

Tiffany of Midwest Magpie is such an inviting and personable writer. Whenever I read something by Tiffany, I learn something new. And I feel so welcomed, like we're speaking to each other face to face, as great friends. A latest great post: https://midwestmagpie.substack.com/p/monday-mood-029

Kristin Garth writes raw, unabashed sonnets. Here's one of the greats: https://kristin3o160.substack.com/p/something-that-bleeds

Jennifer Woodworth writes transporting poems and prose pieces. I'm always stupefied by Jennifer's work. One of my favorite pieces: https://fishclamor.substack.com/p/we-are-nothing-if-not-thus

Arman Khodadoost is a hilarious writer. But also makes you think. Arman's latest light-hearted piece: https://armankho.substack.com/p/armans-antics-034

Ars Poetica shares little marvels of life with the little voice in us, plus wise words and poesy from other greats. A wonderful read: https://arspoetica.substack.com/p/poetry-pocket-wild-geese-mary-oliver

Cierra of Losing Orbit is so open and vulnerable about the experience of losing a mother and all that happens after. Plus other things both hopeful and heartrending. A touching piece: https://losingorbit.substack.com/p/my-last-letter-to-mom

Priya Iyer writes on writing and life stuff so beautifully and compassionately and thought-provokingly. I feel so empowered and inspired each time I read something by Priya. A wondrous post: https://writersomnibus.substack.com/p/the-sunday-edition-the-telescoping

There are so many more, but I'll share more next time!

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May 16, 2023·edited May 16, 2023Author

Nadia, thanks for these! I already subscribe to Tiffany's and Ars Poetica, but I will check the others out as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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You got it! Thought maybe the readers here would also love to discover some wonderful writers!

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Hey Kathy! As modest as she is, Nadia’s own writing deserves to be featured on your newsletter. She writes amazingly poignant, heartfelt and lyrical essays.

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Aww, Andrei, thank you, I'm blushing over here! Also ditto, you're such a fantastic writer and human, Andrei!

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May 21, 2023Liked by Kathy Fish

I attended the Compose Conference at Clackamas Community College yesterday. One of the sessions that I signed up for was " Fractured Flash Fiction" and your Website was recommended. I am enjoying it and getting inspired this morning. Thank you!

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Oh how lovely! You probably have already read my June, 2021 newsletter on the fractured form, but in case you haven't: https://artofflashfiction.substack.com/p/fractured-fragmented-mosaic-flash

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Kathy, I love this prompt. It dive me back into this childhood vision.

Living in the Bubble

Everyone knows the world is round. Christopher Columbus proved that to be true when he didn’t all off into the abyss when sailing from Spain to America. But doesn’t everyone know he couldn’t have fallen off. We live inside a shell, a giant bubble. The sky meets the earth or sea sealing us in tight, not even atomic bombs can break the seal. Because if the seal were to be broken, our bubble would collapse like a rapidly deflating balloon, spewing its contents and flinging us all into that dark place called outer space.

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Ooh, I love this, Barbara! You write this notion of our world housed inside an impenetrable bubble so vividly. It's magical and even as I read I envisioned illustrations that might go with it. It also made me think of the image I paired with this newsletter! I'm delighted the prompt took you to this place. Thanks for your reading and sharing your response!

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Kathy, I tried signing up for The Art of flash fiction June 3rd, but ran into a snafu with PayPal. Hopefully it will be fixed by tomorrow and I’ll be able to register.

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Thanks so much, Barbara! Let me know if the problem persists and we can find another method of payment.

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This is beautiful, ornate and amazing.. Love this Cathy. Anxiety sucks ever joy out of your life.

If time permits then please go over this piece that I have worked on https://kallolpoetry.substack.com/p/maai-ferocious-as-much-as-loving

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Will do! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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I love your prompts! They really help me dig deep and think about (and feel) my stories!

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Oh I'm so glad, Victoria! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you give this prompt a try!

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it's a noble ambition, to guide the ego of the reader:

"What we mistake as sentimental is in fact a generosity, a willingness to stay open and acknowledge the miraculous. Our fear of being touched removes us from a sensate world. The distant self becomes the detached self who no longer believes in anything. Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder. This is our inheritance — the beauty before us. We cry. We cry out. There is nothing sentimental about facing the desert bare. It is a terrifying beauty."

— Terry Tempest Williams.

<3

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Love this. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

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Interestingly, I've begun writing a serial story for my son, which I'm then recording so he can listen to the chapters as they come out.

It's a lot of fun! It's also an interesting writing challenge, because there's no room to be too cute about the writing. It needs simple and straightforward language, but also the kind of every day, common place awe that you mention here.

Definitely recommend it as a writing challenge!

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How lovely! I can see how that would be such a fun and challenging task and just a great gift to your child. Now you've got me thinking I might do something similar for my new granddaughter! Thanks for stopping by!

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May 16, 2023Liked by Kathy Fish

I love the width you bring to writing. Great Substack, thank you. 😁

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Thanks so much for stopping by, Jon!

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May 16, 2023Liked by Kathy Fish

Not al all. Thanks for sharing, I found them genuinely helpful.

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When I was a kid I thought heaven had castles and they were build on top of those huge cumulus clouds. Even tho my mom quickly dispelled that idea when I shared it with her, I never lost the fundamental idea or hope that something so mystical and magical as heaven could also be so tantalizingly close and within reach; that I could actually see it. It's why I still pursue a 'career' in the creative field. Because what's a better metaphor for the struggling artist in 2023 than having heaven itself just out of arms reach? Guess I need to narrate myself finding some wings. And I did! You can find it on my profile in a post called 'Making a Connection.'

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Love this. It's so true. Thanks for stopping by. I'll check out your post!

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Thanks for the reading suggestions! I am looking forward to more flash fiction goodness. And congratulations on the 5k! Amazing milestone.

Recommendations: I do like SLAKE, Nathan's writing has that certain kind of humour that I find appealing. https://slake.substack.com

As far as my own Flash Fiction endeavours go, I would love some constructive feedback on my humble attempts thus far, esp. from fellow Flash Fiction enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

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Thanks for stopping by, Alexander! My workshops are generative and positive feedback only, but you might look into joining a writing group or workshop that provides critiques. I'll let you know if any come to mind.

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Thanks, Kathy, please do!

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Weirdly, during the pandemic I was incredibly prolific writing-wise. My friend challenged me to pump out a very rough first draft of a second book in a literary trilogy and I did it, writing a chapter a day. I wasn’t working. I was living in East Harlem. All I had was time. Later, I wrote a ‘fictional memoir’ about my NYC Covid experience which I’m currently posting on my stack for paid subscribers. I found myself writing as catharsis, as therapy, as spiritual salve. It saved me. That and reading. And AA. And phone calls with friends.

Michael Mohr

‘Sincere American Writing’

https://michaelmohr.substack.com/

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Yes, I've heard other writers describe the same experience, Michael! That's so great!

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Sheesh, don't hate me. Einstein never said that, though the internet keeps saying that he did. (Sorry.)

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Only thing I could find was this article about things Einstein did and did not say and this writer seems to think he did say it: https://exploringyourmind.com/albert-einstein-didnt-say/

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It's hard to argue with thousands of people on the internet. But the quote does not appear in any of his writings. It's possible someone heard him say something to the same effect as this quote, but there's no proof of that either.

This from WikiQuote: As quoted in Journal of France and Germany (1942–1944) by Gilbert Fowler White, in excerpt published in Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White (2006) by Robert E. Hinshaw, p. 62. From the context it seems that White did not specify whether he had heard Einstein himself say this or whether he was repeating a quote that had been passed along by someone else, so without a primary source the validity of this quote should be considered questionable.

Some have argued that elsewhere Einstein defined a "miracle" as a type of event he did not believe was possible—Einstein on Religion by Max Jammer (1999) quotes on p. 89 from a 1931 conversation Einstein had with David Reichinstein, where Reichinstein brought up philosopher Arthur Liebert's argument that the indeterminism of quantum mechanics might allow for the possibility of miracles, and Einstein replied that Liebert's argument dealt "with a domain in which lawful rationality [determinism] does not exist. A 'miracle,' however, is an exception from lawfulness; hence, there where lawfulness does not exist, also its exception, i.e., a miracle, cannot exist." ("Dort, wo eine Gesetzmässigkeit nicht vorhanden ist, kann auch ihre Ausnahme, d.h. ein Wunder, nicht existieren." D. Reichenstein, Die Religion der Gebildeten (1941), p. 21). However, it is clear from the context that Einstein was stating only that miracles cannot exist in a domain (quantum mechanics) where lawful rationality does not exist. He did not claim that miracles could never exist in any domain. Indeed, Einstein clearly believed, as seen in many quotations above, that the universe was comprehensible and rational, but he also described this characteristic of the universe as a "miracle". In another example, he is quoted as claiming belief in a God, "Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world."

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Yikes! I know lots of quotes are ascribed to him. Do you have any idea who did say it? I'll investigate and if needs be, change it to "anon." Thanks for the catch, Mary!

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