Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/5/19

Flash Fiction February 2019 – twenty-eight days of short short stories, an event taking place at Fictive Dream, an online fiction magazine featuring short stories. My part in the event? I did a small abstract painting as the illustration for each story. I’ll be showing one of them to you each day in February to accompany the story on Fictive Dream.

Today’s story is “The Wine Lover”, by Kate Mahony. Check out the illustration, then go to Fictive Dream and read the story.

Here is the image, with the banner:


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and on its own.


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4 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/5/19

  1. memadtwo

    There is so much sadness in the world. We can ignore it, but we can also look, listen, give it a name. But then what?
    Your illustration looks like choices. So many, so hard. (K)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      And the choices are always right up against each other, mixed in with each other, and that makes it even harder, I think. You are right about the sadness. There is much goodness and happiness too, but it seems harder to focus on it. And people are busy or self-contained or just tell themselves, well, it doesn’t matter this time…

  2. Laura Black

    This image supports The Wine Lover very well. While both red and white bottles are dominant, they don’t quite carry the same weight and we’re reminded that the wine lover is already a marginalised character. I feel this could only ever have been a transient connection.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, that is what I thought – there are some relationships that are meant to be ships passing in the night, only sometimes we don’t see that and try to make more of it.

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