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Flashes of Illumination

By Nancy Jane Moore

When we started Book View Cafe, I posted a flash fiction every week. About half of them were reprints, but the other half were written on deadline. This collection includes all of them.

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Cakewalk

Published Aug 23, 2019 · 985 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 170 views

Literary Fiction Cake Feminism football

I did, in fact, see a woman with a cake balanced on her head going up the escalator at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Some weeks later, I saw her again on the sidewalk. I never had the nerve to speak to her, so I wrote this story instead.

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Spinster

Published Jul 12, 2019 · 359 words (2 minutes) · 172 views

Classic Mother/daughter flash memoir spinster

This story is about my mother and me. It's flash memoir, not fiction, though of course all memoir is filtered through time and likely has fictional elements. It's an old story. I'm still technically a spinster, but I'm also in a committed relationship. The picture is of my mother at the age of 23. My mother loved this story. I never showed it to my father.

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Emergency

Published Jun 17, 2019 · 846 words (4 minutes) · 251 views

Fantasy Satire slipstream climate crisis

This story grew out of the weather alerts I got when I lived in Washington, D.C. Given the onslaught of weather disasters -- I was on a train traveling through thunderstorms and floods in the Midwest this summer and just talked to someone who lost things in a recent relatively small wildfire out here in California -- I'm not sure this story qualifies as speculative fiction anymore. But we can hope it does.

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Alternate Explanation

Published May 11, 2019 · 115 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 252 views

Humor Historical flash fiction Shakespeare

This is a very, very short story from back in the early days of Book View Cafe when I was publishing a flash fiction every week (eventually collected in Flashes of Illumination). I was inspired to post it by this article in The Atlantic.

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Phone Call Overheard on the Subway

Published Apr 10, 2019 · 199 words (1 minute) · 2 likes · 259 views

Fantasy slipstream modern life

I swear I heard a conversation very much like this one while traveling to work on the Washington DC Metro. It could be that I hadn't had quite enough coffee that morning.