by Doug Mathewson
My sister gave me two rocks. One for each hand, she said. Both carried inscriptions. One offered up "Strength," the second proclaimed "Joy." I thought things over and gave them back after taking a Sharpie and writing FUCK and YOU on them. It took strength not to say more, and certainly gave me great joy.
Doug Mathewson, whose full catalog is here, lives on the Connecticut shoreline and writes very short fiction that occasionally turns into essays or poetry. His current project is "True Stories From Imaginary Lives." He has been published online by PenPricks, Micro-Fiction, Creative Soup, and Tuesday Shorts. Lately he seems fascinated with writing stories that are six sentences in length. More of his work is available at his blog.