Category Archives: Short Stories

34 ORCHARD’s Spring 2021 Table of Contents is here!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

We’re excited to announce 34 Orchard‘s Table of Contents for Issue 3 – Spring 2021 – coming to the 34 Orchard website April 25, 2021!

In our third issue, twenty artists ruminate on the sometimes devastating consequences of choice … on the verandah, a selection of cocktails awaits. Choose wisely!

Cover Art: Please Pray – Jen Connic

Am I Beautiful? – Carl Olson

Inheritance – Annie Dunn Watson

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Escape to free stories for an hour this Saturday night!

Author Reading 03-20-21

I’ll be reading THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, March 20, 2021 at 8 pm in one of a series of special Virtual Reading Events set up by writer extraordinaire Terri Bruce! Grab a glass and a snack and join me for this free event!

Each writer will read for six minutes, and most of us are doing giveaways, so this is a chance for you to get a taste of some really good stories and maybe even get some free stuff!

Once again, the event is FREE and will last an hour. If you’d like to sign up, just go to this link: https://forms.gle/YNSkjkHq159N8eyh7

Writers presenting:

Alma Alexander – Fantasy author of 30 books including the Worldweavers series

LJ Cohen – Science Fiction/Fantasy author of over 20 books including Derelict

Lindsey Duncan – Science Fiction/Fantasy author of several books including Scylla and Charybdis

Tracy Townsend – Fantasy author of the Thieves of Fate series

Sarah Smith – Historical Mystery author of several books including the ghost thriller The Other Side of the Dark and the Titanic-centric (yay!) Crimes and Survivors.

Hope to “see” you there!

Save the date … virtual reading this Saturday, March 20

This coming SATURDAY, March 20th, at 8 pm EDT, I’ll be reading alongside some wonderful writers in one of a few special virtual events! I plan to read from my short story “Immolation,” and will be doing a giveaway. More details coming soon! Save the date and get your snacks ready!

Save the Date March 20, 2021 reading

 

It’s been a banner week!

A well-deserved glass of wine

There are weeks when, as a writer, I don’t feel so accomplished. This morning, I had one of those moments … and then I did a tally of what I got done this week:

 

Gave feedback on a friend’s synopsis

Gave feedback on another friend’s short story

Gave feedback on Chapter 1 of yet another friend’s novel

Designed and mailed out the 34 Orchard Issue 3 announcement postcards

Created the back cover copy for Tidings (my husband did most of that—he used to market books, so …)

Watched Aliens and recorded the 10th anniversary episode of Dark Discussions (I can’t believe it’s been a decade!)

Completed edits on several of the stories for 34 Orchard

Finished several sets of tiny newspapers for my annual holiday chapbook mailing … I have to make 320 sets; I have only 114 to go!

 

I guess I really did deserve that bottle of wine and a nice early bed time last night!

Back to work!

Making tiny newspapers…

These tiny newspapers are made out of thumbnail photos and index cards.

I’ve long loved dollhouses, and a 1978 TOMY Smaller Home and Garden, which I had as a kid, figures prominently in a recent short story I just finished.

As the story’s really personal and takes place between the Challenger and Chernobyl disasters–a pretty intense, very sorrowful and terrifying time for any teenager, let alone one who’d just lost her mom–I’ve decided I’m not going to try to place this. It’ll be this year’s holiday chapbook instead.

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Happy July–34 ORCHARD is open for submissions!

JPEG OF 34 ORCHARD ISSUE 1 COVER

The cover of the Spring, 2020 issue of 34 ORCHARD. Cover art: “Lost and Found,” by Brandon Kawashima.

34 Orchard is now open for submissions from July 1 — July 31, 2020, for our Fall Issue, to be published November 10, 2020.

Please check out our guidelines here. If you’d like to look at prior issues, our Spring issue is posted here.

We look forward to reading your work!

Read “Wrecking Malcolm” now at HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS!

Wrecking Malcolm Promotional Screenshot

My New Year’s Eve-set ghost story, “Wrecking Malcolm,” is now available to read–for free–in the literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs. The December 2019 issue is themed “The Calling.”

The issue is stunning, but I have to say — I cried when I saw the artwork they chose. Honestly, it’s what I saw in my head when I was writing this, just over a year ago. It’s almost like they were reading my mind.

You can read it here:

https://halfwaydownthestairs.net/2019/12/01/wrecking-malcolm-by-kristi-petersen-schoonover/

“Wrecking Malcolm” was inspired by a shipwreck graveyard that was discovered at Green Jacket Shoal in East Providence, RI. I learned about it last year at an archaeology lecture at my local community college, and was lucky enough to be able to visit, as it’s not far from where one of my friends lives.

Here are a few photographs of the actual graveyard.

“Wrecking Malcolm” accepted at HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS

Remains at shipwreck graveyard

The remains of sidewheelers the Bay Queen and the Mount Hope rest in peace at the shipwreck graveyard in Green Jacket Shoal in East Providence, RI, June, 2019.

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “Wrecking Malcolm,” has been accepted by the literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs for its upcoming issue, themed “The Calling.”

The issue is due to release on December 1–that’s Sunday!

“Wrecking Malcolm” is a personal favorite of mine, and I’m glad it found a good home. It was inspired by a shipwreck graveyard that was discovered at Green Jacket Shoal in East Providence, RI. There is much work being done to preserve the historic structures … and yes, I’ve visited it more than a few times.

I’ll post when it’s available to read. Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family!

 

“Last Christmas” posted!

Crystal Lake Logo

My story “Last Christmas” –a flash piece I wrote for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters November Flash Fiction Challenge–is up today for Patreon Supporters of Crystal Lake Publishing! If you’d like to check it out, you can make a $5/month Fans of Fiction pledge (you can change this at any time) and vote. The first two stories posted were really good stuff, and I’m sure the remaining 10 are going to be great, too. Here’s where you can sign up, read, and vote if you like:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/31736315

I’m celebrating: “Last Christmas” a finalist!

This is my favorite Christmas wine glass.

This is my favorite Christmas wine glass. I think I got it at Christmas Tree Shops, but it always comes out when I want to celebrate something holiday-related–even if it isn’t that time of year!

I’m pleased to announce that “Last Christmas”–a flash piece I wrote for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters November Flash Fiction Challenge–has made the final round! This month’s challenge was “creepy stories with a twist ending that take place in a graveyard.” My story shares the list with thirteen others.

Normally, I don’t announce when a piece is a finalist or is shortlisted–I consider that bad luck. However, this contest is a different animal. The winner will be selected based on the votes of the publication’s Patreon supporters, and so in that case, it truly is a crap shoot. I’m just happy I made it to the finals.

I had a wonderful time writing this piece–I’ve always loved a theme challenge. I’m hoping to do more in the future. It forces me to think outside the box as well as practice word economy and other skills. But mostly? Yeah, it’s just FUN!

I’ll be back Thursday with the link to my story.

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