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History
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... in Flashquake: A Literary and Art Journal For the Briefest of Forms Vol 10, Issue 3 Spring

http://flashquake.org/index.html pp.46-47

I wrote this flash initially for an Israeli flash site that went belly up, required simple English, and a word count of 300 or less. As I tend to write far longer pieces and be overwordy, particularly with description, and as I have a tendency to wax lyrical in my prose, I thought this would be a good exercise.

While it is not my intent to sound self-deprecating, I do not consider this particularly good writing nor particularly representative of my style--though the Jewish-related subject matter and seemingly contradictory optimism is certainly consistent with my other work.

But, hey, it sold.
So I should stop kvetching.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

[This message has been edited by History (edited March 01, 2011).]


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Meredith
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Congratulations!
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Great! Congrats Dr.Bob
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Hey, told you you'd publish before me.

Keep up the good work!

Axe


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Great news! congratulations.
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That is a wonderful story. Don't apologize for the writing (there is no need, it communicates well). I am afraid too many people get caught up in the writing aspect of being a writer and neglect the story. This is a story that needed to be told.

Congrats -- it's well deserved.


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Woohoo! Congratulations!
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Congratulations!
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Congratulations!
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You're the man!
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Well done!!
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Hi Dr. Bob,

I liked reading about the Wart & the Rabbi, and esp. your bio line :-)

It reminded me a lot of Jon Muth's Zen Shorts. If you're not familiar with him, he's a talented children's illustrator and in this book, the protagonist, a giant panda, addresses the concept of 'good vs. bad luck.' Your view about the wart is similar.

Well done.


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Thank you all for the warm congratulations and kind words.

At the request of the editor, an audio version of THE WART AND THE RABBI will be available for free in the near future.
And, no, it will not be voiced by me, but a friend who is a professional voice artist--a fine young woman of Egyptian Christian descent who likes to play the role of Pharaoh at our Passover seder each year, and who has a mezuzah on the doorpost of her new home (sure to give her Arab father in Cairo coniptions if he knew).
There's another non-fiction vignette in this, perhaps.
Some day.

I love Jon Muth. I have in my collection, first editions of MOONSHADOW (a personal favorite), LUCIFER: NIRVANA, SWAMPTHING: ROOTS, and THE SANDMAN: THE WAKE in which his art is featured. I was unaware he had his own Zen Buddhist children books {Scholastic Press) and that he illustrated a Jewish tale, GERSHON'S MONSTER with author Eric Kimmel (sample pages at http://books.google.com/books?id=zdWINbpq1Y8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Gershon's+monster+jon+Muth&source=bl&ots=Cwxt1CXHfF&sig=j0aKUY_RPr4EOySeiS7WSEUJqeA&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false ). I will need seek them out.

I have another longer (999 word) flash piece derived from my early medical career along similar lines (i.e. Jewish "wisdom tales") that I'll be submitting. I don't know if it is kosher to attempt publication in two consecutive issues of any literary journal, but the tale is done and the journal is there, so why not toss it on the water and see if it floats?

Respectfully,
History


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Why not, indeed? Go for it, History. It can't hurt.
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And I see I never congrated you.


So here's a double one for two things.

Congrats

Congrats.


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Niiice Dr. Bob; I liked it!

Lis


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Congrats!
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Thank you for the other Muth books. I'm a library rat and will check these next time.

The Muth books I own are The Three Questions based on Tolstoy's story, a tale which you are likely familiar with. The Zen shorts and Caroline Kennedy's collection of poems.

Good luck with your writing.


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Congratulations!
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Thank you, again.

Greyhog, you will find the other Muth books (as artist) under Graphic novels--i.e. comics. They may not be in your library, but may possibly be in your local Borders or Barnes & Noble.

THE COMPLEAT MOONSHADOW
http://www.amazon.com/Compleat-Moonshadow-John-Marc-DeMatteis/dp/1563893436

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob


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I wonder what Piers Anthony and Xanth would do with Zen shorts,


But Dr. Bob your story is interesting even if a bit short but at the same time you did a good job getting all that in there.



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Dr. Bob,

I checked out your link. Moonshadow -- that's some heavy stuff and only available from 'these sellers' now. I realize I'm the reading customer of a more popular genre. Here's a link to 3 ?s

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Questions-Based-story-Tolstoy/dp/0439199964/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1300812111&sr=1-1

I'm a Tolstoy fan so this spoke to me.

Grayhog


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Thanks for this.
Tolstoy does illustrated flash fiction!
How appropriate (as flashquake is a "literary journal").

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

P.S. An mp3 audio version of THE WART AND THE RABBI is now up and available.
My first "audio book", sort of.
http://www.flashquake.org/audio.html


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I listened to the story. Sounds professional. Was it written in first person? Since it's non-fiction, can I assume Hannah's your daughter?

Powerful.

I like the journal and you inspired me to pen my own flash non-fiction yesterday. There's no end to the material in my life. I think the title is half the battle and yours is intriguing.

Did you serve in the First Gulf War? My brothers, on both sides, went - we're a military family. I missed it but had a grand time when I was stationed in Germany.

Yours in writing,

Grayhog


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Shireen is a professional voice actor and my wife's best friend. She did a good job.

The story is told in the first person as it is a conversation I observed between my daughter and mother-in-law.

flashquake is an interesting journal, and one of the few that actually pay for flash writing (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry). I find writing this length (<1000 words) a challenge, but fun. Good luck with your submission.

I served as a physician during the First Gulf War at Letterman Army Medical Center but did not see combat.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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Dr. Bob,

Thanks for your service.

I'm not sure I have anything for submission but I'll keep writing.

Grayhog


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