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June 20, 2022

Notes From the Office 26: Alternate Realities

By Sand Pilarski

This week marks the Piker Press' 8th year as a weekly ezine. We wanted to do something a bit crazy in our celebration, so the theme for this issue is "Alternate History" -- which could have been anything from "What if George Washington could have seen what America is like today?" to changing familiar characters' situations and producing a fictional fiction, as it were. Thus Mel Trent has taken Jack Runner (A Demon in My View, The Black Painting, and others) and placed him in an alternate history, one in which he isn't integrated into society; Dan Mulhollen gives us all "A Second Chance"; Tyler Willson puts his character into a situation that no Russian could predict. Lydia Manx shows us yet another dimension of vampires, and M.J. Nicholls gives us his final Modern Narrative to ponder the world of Postmodern Fiction.

This week we also introduce Jeffrey Jefferis, whose official debut will be April 26th, but whose story "God Chuckled" was too apropos to pass up in this theme. Peter Driscoll's tale "Life Less Love" draws to its bitter-tasting conclusion, and Alex Queen graces us with another of her zany creations.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:We have two theme issues coming up: May 24th -- "Post Apocalyptic." What happens when civilization falls? How would it change how we think? What would be of the most value? ** Articles/stories/poems deadline for this issue would be May 10.

June 22's theme is "Bees." Anything "Bee" is fair game. ** Articles/stories/poems/photographs/art deadline for this issue would be June 7.

Keep on writing!

Article © Sand Pilarski. All rights reserved.
Published on 2010-04-12
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