Flash Fiction

Centaurs and Minotaurs

Romana Guillotte

“I don’t understand…” Cristal stammered.

“You don’t understand this?” Dr. Roots asked as he pointed to the diagram on the board–a sort of ascending staircase of obstacles.

“This is what we’re suggesting. What do you see?” Doug asked, soothing his fiancée with a hand caress.

Cristal looked at the seven faces in the workshop. “You guys don’t understand my work!”

“Now don’t get defensive, we just want to understand your vision,” Dr. Roots put his hands up to calm her-–like she was about to explode.

Jameson rolled his eyes. “Don’t be that person…”

Alison snorted. “Like that woman that wore all that turquoise?”

“Cat poetry was banned the second she walked in the room.” Dr. Roots put his hand to his face.

“It’s not poetry! It’s a love story between minotaurs and centaurs…they are majestic beings!” Cristal burst a little too passionately.

“Granted, we just think the story could be simpler and the names not so complicated…”

“I used traditional Greek names…”

“Yes, yes. But it interrupts the flow,” Jameson noted. “Perhaps names that aren’t five syllables?”

Nods all around. “The plot is pulled directly from myths-–I don’t want to patronize my audience by spoon-feeding them.”

Dr. Roots nodded too. “We’re not asking you to.  Have you considered stretching it out a bit? Making it a novella or

novel for example?”

Cristal beamed suddenly. “You think it could be a novel?”

“Totally!” Jameson said. “I dig it!”

More nods. “I guess I could play around with description and things like that.”

Dr. Roots let out a sigh and made a motion that meant ‘pass her your corrections’. “See we are looking to help you!”

“How often do you guys meet?”

“Weekly for a month, once a quarter,” Alison said. “It really helps; I feel I’ve come a long way.”

Dr. Roots nodded now. “Having a fresh pair of eyes is a fantastic and under-utilized tool.”

Cristal leafed through colorfully corrected pages-–some with a lot of notes, some with few. It was more than she initially

expected. “Yes, I understand now.”


Romana Guillotte has an MFA in Writing for Dramatic Media from the UNLV, where she also received a BA in Film Studies and a BA in English. Though more importantly is a terribly average cellist and is a ginger that loves dragons. She’s had short fiction appear in “Foliate Oak Literary Magazine”, “Slink Chunk Press”, and “The J.J. Outré Review”


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Old School Poetry

The Revelation

Coventry Patmore

An idle poet, here and there,
    Looks round him; but, for all the rest,
The world, unfathomably fair,
    Is duller than a witling’s jest.
Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;
    They lift their heavy lids, and look;
And, lo, what one sweet page can teach,
    They read with joy, then shut the book.
And some give thanks, and some blaspheme
    And most forget; but, either way,
That and the Child’s unheeded dream
Is all the light of all their day.

Coventry Patmore (1823 – 1896) was a Victorian poet and critic After spending years publishing poetry, Patmore concentrated on essays towards the end of his life. He served as Joseph Conrad’s inspiration for the character Carleon Anthony in Chance. 


NEWS!

The first installment of Baby Lawn Weekly is coming out on Monday. Four poems have already been picked. The poets will be informed tonight.

Also, a slight change is being done to the Submission Guidelines. Please, when you submit, indicate whether or not it is for the weekly or the full issue. Originally it was planned that from poetry submissions, some would be picked for the Weekly based off of length and subject matter, more serious and longer poems would be put in the full issue. But it is worried this may become an issue–no pun intended. That’s a lie. I love puns. Puns are always intended.

As of right now, poets will be told if any of their poems are going out. Poems picked for the weekly edition will be told in advance, but for the full issues, they will be told at the beginning of the month, since the full issue will come out on the 10th of every month.

Someone recently asked about reprints: If the rights have reverted back to the writer, meaning the initial place of publication no longer has first publication rights, then it is perfectly fine for you to submit reprints. 

The primary objective here is to not get sued. While new editor Rakim Slaughter and I want to keep this place fresh, if the reprint in question is well-written and not infringing on copyrights, we are happy to reprint.

Once again

  • Baby Lawn Weekly comes out Monday
    • We will take submissions for this week as late as midnight tonight
  • Baby Lawn Literature Issue 1 comes out September 10th, and we will take submissions as late as September 8th.
  • Indicate in your submission email if your content is intended for BBW or BBL.

Thank you.

-Ashley Bach, Editor