FlashNano 2020: Day 5

Mother, no!

Day 5: Write a story inspired by (or from inside of) a famous painting 

Follow all 2020 prompts on the FlashNano page.

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**Thanks to David Don for today’s prompt!


P.S. What are you doing this Friday, Nov 6?

Want to hang out and drink virtual wine with me and talk about flash fiction?
Did you miss the first Going Short release reading?
We’re doing it again on U.S. time virtually from NYC–join us! Want to hang out and drink some virtual wine with me this Friday at the Fbomb NYC reading with an incredible lineup!
Friday, Nov 6 @ 6 pm EST/3 pm PST: Fbomb NYC is Going Short!
With readers Pamela Painter, Jayne Martin, K.B. Carle, Jude Higgins, Patricia Q. Bidar, Sally Reno, Sarah Russell, Paul Beckman, Jolene McIlwain, April Bradley, Riham Adly & others!
Join us!
DM me or Paul Beckman @pincusb for the links


P.S.S To honor the 30 stories in 30 days challenge:
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Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction
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Fbomb NYC on Sept 9, 2016

I was thrilled to be able to join the kickoff of Fbomb NYC on Friday, Sept 9, hosted by Paul Beckman and featuring myself and Bud Smith. The series is a spin-off of the Denver Fbomb, a flash fiction-based series I began in 2013. The Red Room above the KGB bar in in the East Village was a wonderful location and there was a packed house! Readers included:

Read what fellow reader A.E. Weisgerber had to say about the event here as well as a great photo slideshow of all the readers:Jane Liddle, Alice Kaltman, Loren Kleinman, Paul Beckman, Gessy Alvarez, Sara Lippman, Chuck Howe, Anne Weisgerber, Jan Elman-Stout, Jolene McIlwaine.

(Host Paul Beckman (below left), featured reader Nancy Stohlman (below right)


The readers from left to right: A.E Weisberger, (featured reader) Bud Smith, Chuck Howe, Gessy Alvarez, Jolene Mcllwaine, Jan Elman Stout, Alice Kaltman, Jane Liddle and Sara Lippman. (Not pictured Loren Kleinman.)

Fbomb NY

The Morning After

The Morning After

by Nancy Stohlman

morning after      The last thing I heard before I went to bed the night of Super Tuesday was Hillary Clinton on the television warning Democrats –“a vote for Bernie is a vote for Trump. If you go to bed with Bernie you are going to wake up with Trump”.

Which I assumed to be a metaphor, of course.

I was not prepared for Donald Trump’s warm, slightly reddened body laying next to me when I woke up this morning. He was making some sort of half wheeze, half snore, and his hair was lying on my extra pillow like an errant wave haphazardly crashed upon the wrong sea.

I looked around for my clothes (oh thank god, they are on) and started to creep out quietly from the far side of the bed when Donald Trump, awakened by the movement, rolled over and caught the waistband of my pajamas playfully. Come back here he said, engulfing me in a sweaty, overly warm spooning embrace, his morning breath on the back of my neck.

Apparently I’m now dating Donald Trump.

How did this happen? I vaguely remember the last night’s caucus, the cafeteria of the local high school filled with tables and old ladies yelling out precinct numbers, bewildered people meeting their neighbors for the first time, the Bernies at one end of the table, the Hillarys at the other…

Over breakfast Donald Trump reads the paper, drinks his coffee with three lumps of sugar and half a cup of cream, eats a bear claw. After breakfast Donald Trump wants to take me to the amusement park. I can tell he’s trying to be romantic, even though he is still wearing a suit and tie and we are followed by a camera crew. You’re beautiful he says. Isn’t she beautiful he asks one of the bodyguards. Buy her an ice cream or something. Do you like ice cream? he asks, not waiting for the answer. Get her a banana split with an extra banana—do they still have those? he says, dragging me to the Wild Chipmunk roller coaster. Here, you like roller coasters, right? She’s beautiful, take her picture.

The camera crew takes my picture and I’m hoping no one recognizes me. Donald Trump’s talking to the ticket taker at the merry-go-round—what do you mean I have to buy tickets? I have dollars, see, do-llars. Habla Ingles? Dollars aren’t good enough for a carousel ride these days? Where’s your manager?

The ticket taker waves us through and Donald Trump tucks his arm through mine and I smell the aftershave that I won’t be able to stop smelling for the rest of the day. Hey, I got you a present. You like presents, right? he says, handing me a giant purple stuffed giraffe. I don’t ride those things myself, I get indigestion he says as I climb onto a waiting horse, waving as I disappear.


July 21: Fbomb National Flash Fiction Festival

A Gathering of the Flashy and Flash-Curious

The first ever FBomb National Flash Fiction Festival! No panels! No workshops! Just the biggest Fbomb flash fiction reading ever and YOU are invited. Our features and special guest are traveling from East and West Coasts to converge for one night of flash fiction in Denver! With music by Nick Busheff!

Fbomb Reading Series Event Page 

Join the Facebook Event Page here

photo 2 (1)Host Nancy Stohlman! 

Nancy Stohlman’s books include the flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, the novels The Monster Opera and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. When she is not writing she is the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink. Find out more about her at http://www.nancystohlman.com

PaulFeaturing Paul Beckman!  Paul Beckman collects memories and punchboards. Some publishing credits: Pank, Connotation Press, Journal of Microliterature, Litro, Boston Literary Magazine, The Connecticut Review & other fine magazines online and in print. He’s had three collections and a novella published. His latest flash story collection, Peek from Big Table Press, came out in February 2015 weighing in at 65 stories and 117 pages. It can be purchases from his published story website http://www.paulbeckmanstories.com or Amazon.


robertFeaturing Robert Vaughan! Robert Vaughan has work published in over 500 online and print magazines.  He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps Press, 2013); and Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011), selected writings from his two year radio show on WUWM. He’s currently senior editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines, and is on the Advisory Board of Literary Orphans. His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), and Gertrude Stein Awards (2013, 2014). He is an AWP Panelist and teaches workshops in various topics like poetry, hybrid writing, and playwriting. He leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, WI.


karenWith special guest Karen Stefano!