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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Microfiction: 81 words
By Daryl Scroggins

Mon Santa


He isolates the gene that cause the jewelweed’s seed to explode when touched, and introduces it to the pecan tree. What a lovely ease of shelling results: lightly squeeze the end points and the shell slumps into shards. A trade-off, though, is that the nut meats taste much the same as the shell. But they look good, there in their Christmas bowl by the nutcracker’s jaws. All laughably sudden in their shedding. And who eats those things anyway?

Daryl Scroggins
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of North Texas, and the Writer’s Garret, in Dallas. He now lives in Marfa, Texas. He is the author of This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fiction and a flash novel (Ravenna Press), Winter Investments: Stories (Trilobite Press), and Prairie Shapes: A Flash Novel (winner of the 2004 Robert J. DeMott Prose Contest). His poems, short stories, and creative nonfictions have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the country, including Blink Ink, Cutbank, Eastern Iowa Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Star 82 Review, and Third Wednesday, among others.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Roadshow, microfiction by Daryl Scroggins in MacQueen’s Quinterly, aka MacQ (Issue 15, September 2022); one of three pieces by Scroggins selected as Finalists in “The Question of Questions” Ekphrastic Writing Challenge

Spring, microfiction by Scroggins in MacQ (Issue 12, March 2022)

Writer Boy, microfiction in MacQ (Issue 4, July 2020); nominated by MacQ for Best Microfiction 2021

Face of the Deep, ekphrastic prose poem in MacQ (Issue 3, May 2020)

Field Trips, flash fiction by Scroggins in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)

New to School, microfiction in Eclectica (Jan/Feb 2018)

Two Fictions: “Almost Baptized” and “Against the Current” in New Flash Fiction Review (Issue 10, January 2018)

Eight Stories: A Mini-Chapbook by Daryl Scroggins at Web del Sol

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