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Fledge of Allegiance

I want to say thanks to those of you who have written encouraging e-mails to me after reading the new story in West Virginia South. I know there’s a fine line between being prideful and being encouraged, but that’s my problem, and I am very pleased to receive the opportunity to engage in the consideration.
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Also, it is very funny when some one says “Hey, I bought a copy of West Virginia South for your story.” And then they don’t say anything else. OK, you’re telling me you bought it, but…the silence is informative. So, it goes both ways. But some people are reading and enjoying it, and that’s nice.
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It means a lot to hear from people who have a positive reaction to what you’re writing. So, thank you.
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Maybe I should give a tease from the story to boost sales (or let you know you’re not missing much). Sure. Here follows what scientists in white lab coats and spectacles call a “snippet” from the short story A Very Bad Sign.
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“Across town in his storefront office Heck Davis was preparing the latest edition of The Journal of Unlikely Coincidences. Heck was the not-so-secret, secret publisher of the tabloid which speculated on international conspiracies and local peculiarities. In Heck’s publication these were often tied together in ill-fitting knots. Thus the moon-landing “cover-up” and the town Assessor’s election had both been sources for a singular claim involving the true reason behind the building of a bat sanctuary at the Fledge Overlook Park. That headline had read “Moon-Bat Connection Certain in Assessor’s Race.” Rarely did the words appear in the headlines so explicitly, but assessing Heck’s tabloid as certain moonbattery was the immediate response of wise readers throughout the tiny town of Fledge, West Virginia.”
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A Very Bad Sign, from The Fledge Chronicles, is available now in West Virginia South. (I am sure the website will be updated to reflect the current issue’s theme soon.)

Subscribe if you like, or, do not. At the WVS website there is an “About Us” section which tells you where you can buy the latest issue.

p.s. In the magazine the story text is not in courier font. It’s in wingdings. Not really.

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