6 comments on “State Secrets

  1. Michael,

    I loved that this 713 words is just the beginning to a longer, more developed story that I sort of get to resolve in my own mind. It does indeed tell a full story that, while it could grow, doesn’t need to — at least on paper! Well-written, concise, and masterfully contained. Great work, Michael!

  2. Nice work Michael. I can’t wait to read some of your longer efforts. Your writing for the platform building campaign has been enjoyable, and this piece was engaging as well. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Rance, glad that you liked it. I find that’s one of the hardest things to do with a flash fiction is to tell a full story in the confines of the format. There can be enjoyable short-short pieces that don’t tell a whole story, but if you can manage to fit something complete into that number of words, it can be really cool. I’m glad you feel like I accomplished this!

    Daniel, thanks to you as well! I’ll be sure to announce any upcoming publications on my blog, Twitter, etc.

  4. this is really good, Michael! Love the whole interaction between the old Russian and young American boy. One slap in the face for defecting. The old Russian just had to get one more in on his former government, didn’t he!

  5. Thanks, LadyJai! I’ve been really enjoying writing dialogue-heavy scenes recently. This was one of those that I had a lot of fun writing.

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