Adding Fiction to My Poetry and Memoir Resume

You know how I’m always yammering about poetry and memoir? Well, darned if I didn’t get a short story (fiction!) published today in Crack the Spine. Called “Small Solace,” it’s a little bit weird. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please go to one of the magazine’s sites and post a comment of some sort about it. That’s because they use feedback to determine what pieces go into a print issue and which writers they do a Wordsmith interview on (they only choose one author each issue).

Here is the issue–look for page 27:  Crack the Spine Issue 163

I did warn you that it’s a little weird. Yes, the wallet image here is a clue as to the subject.

Here are some places to leave feedback:

Comment form below issue link



Crack the Spine website

Or email them at

Thanks so much, peeps!


Filed under #AmWriting, Fiction, Literary Journals, Publishing, Reading, Writing

25 responses to “Adding Fiction to My Poetry and Memoir Resume

  1. Bravo, Luanne! That’s a good story and little Dab is an intriguing character. (He’s a dab hand, isn’t he?)

  2. Luann, Great read! I just responded on the site. (I’m reading the new collection of Shirley Jackson’s work, and there’s a story in there that has the same sort of theme…a college girl, bereaved and ignored, who controls the grief and neglect by [removed for spoiler alert.] I’ll get the title for you!) Dab was completely real!


    • Pam, thank you SO much for commenting over there on the site. And Shirley Jackson!! You have no idea how she is one of my first and still idols of the page! We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my favorite novels. And her story “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts” I think of all the time, decades after I first read it. Sorry for taking out a couple of your words above for the spoiler alert ;). Yes, please get me the Jackson title!!!

      • Oh, gosh…I never thought about the spoiler issue! Glad you took care of it. Blogs feel so much like a conversation I often forget they are open to thousands of people. Will send the SJ title this weekend( and check out the ordinary day, too!)

        • LOL. I know what you mean. I feel the same way. I’m always surprised when somebody says “I read your blog posts,” and I had no idea they were readers ;). Thank you!!!

  3. Great story, Luanne! Congratulations!

  4. Congrats 🙂

  5. Congrats, Luanne! I can’t wait to read it. xo

  6. You make my head spin with your versatility. Congrats on your latest publication!

  7. Congrats Luanne!

  8. Congratulations Luanne, I left a comment on the site.

  9. Interesting story. Sad though and I liked the surprise ending. Your way with words shows wonderfully! 🙂 Will comment on the site.

  10. Congratulations, Luanne! I’ll read your story as soon as I can (@#% firewall at work) 😉

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