Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/26/19

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 “Cuddle Inc.”, by Steve Carr. 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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9 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/26/19

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      When I first read the story I didn’t anticipate where it was going and I felt the same way as you did – I hoped to reflect what the story was about without giving anything away.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    That story was very unsettling. I think it provoked some challenging feelings and memories in me but it was also inherently unsettling and that ending was pretty chilling. Or at least to me it was. It’s achingly sad, that idea of having to schedule and pay for just some human touch and physical kindness, but the interaction between the characters and the build to that conclusion was also disquieting and disturbing. I think that, therefore, the fact I saw your artwork as a divided landscape with a tempestuous sea or a stormy sky was quite apt for the atmosphere of the story and the sense of separation despite trying to bridge a divide.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This story kept me off balance and in the artwork I wanted to show that. I also found it very sad that everybody here is lacking the connection they want or need. Even that darn fish, that was the last straw, it seemed like a funny idea, this business, but when you get behind the facade, hmmm, it’s not. As you said, very unsettling.

  2. Fictive Dream

    An unsettling story, indeed and I agree that the ending comes as quite a surprise. The divisions in the artwork are a clever idea and the orange strokes representing the goldfish lifts the illustration. You couldn’t have chosen a better palette for this story.

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