Let’s make this a game!

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that writing short fiction is a struggle for me. I keep trying though, and a few times, I’ve boldly submitted one of my stories to a literary journal. Oh, I was hopeful. This time for sure, I thought. Each and every time. No luck.

I had other things on my mind though, like polishing and publishing the novel I’d written, so I set aside the quest for seeing one of my shorts published. I ignored the emails from Duotrope, tempting me with notifications of journals seeking submissions.

However, somewhere somehow I heard about Vine Leaves Literary Journal, edited by Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius. When I read about its concept of publishing vignettes, something clicked.

Here’s their definition of the term:

“Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.

Occasionally, I play around with writing vignettes. I had written one that I loved, but never tried submitting because it wasn’t exactly a story, not even a flash story. At one point, I rewrote it as a poem, which did not succeed. Anyway. I had this vignette just sitting there, so I thought, Why not submit it?

Guess what? Yep! They accepted it. Unfortunately, they accidentally omitted the last line! They’ve apologized and will print it again in it’s entirety in the next issue (April), but since I was excited to share it with you today, I’ll give you the link anyway, but we’ll play a little game.

Can you guess the last line?

Read and come back here to give me your best guess: A Meditation

36 thoughts on “Let’s make this a game!

  1. I love your vignette. It says so much in so few words.
    Here’s my guess, which is probably far off:

    I have never been more free

    Look forward to other guesses and can’t wait for the real last line to be revealed (do we have to wait until April?)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Who knows? You might have a different opinion once you read the last line.

      Thank you for the award. I’ve been busy on another project today, but I’ll grab it soon. And Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Oh well done Linda! You constantly amaze me. I think the last line might be – I need to find my way back to me.

    Look forward to hearing the real last line. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Judith. Gosh, maybe I shouldn’t have asked you guys to guess. What if you come up with a better last line than I did? 😕 I’ll reveal mine in the next post. Or maybe I’ll just email it to those who guess.

      Happy New Year to you!

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  3. I…have no idea what the last line might have been, but I bet it’s brilliant. What a fantastic vignette, Linda! Congratulations! It wasn’t at all what I expected (I don’t know what I expected, lol), but it was really, really great.

    And what a neat little magazine, too. I might have to keep an eye on it!

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    1. Thank you, L.S. 🙂 Now, I’m curious why it surprised you. I’ll either email you the last line or reveal it here in my next post.

      Yes, keep Vine Leaves in mind if you’re prone to writing vignettes or poems.

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  4. Congratulations Linda! It’s a very finely nuanced vignette (nah, I’m not going to try to write the last line – I’ll wait to read it whenever). Vine Leaves is a lovely journal as well. Nice all around!

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    1. Gosh, Natasha, now I fear you’ll all be expecting more than I deliver. To be honest, when I realized the last line was missing, I wondered if the editors had decided it was better without it, but then I remembered that when they let me know they were considering my piece, they said the last line was perfect. I guess you’ll all be able to judge for yourself.

      Oh, and thank you! 🙂

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  5. That was awesome, Linda. I can’t believe that you don’t have publishers and agents pounding on your door. And on a serious note, don’t you ever doubt your skills as a writer! Not ever! That was an amazing piece of work.
    I’m not guessing either. I want the final note without me muddying the water.

    -Jimmy

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  6. Oh! I’ve not yet read the issue, but looking forward to it – I recognized a couple of people I’ve seen on SN and that will make it even more “personal” as I read.

    Congrats on your publication!

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  7. An excellent piece of writing.

    As they say when being promoted from Triple A to MLB, “You’re ready for the big show. Make ’em believe.”

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  8. I know, I know! But it would be unfair of me to say since it was ME that accidentally left it out. Thanks SO much for your understanding, Linda. And kudos to you for making this into a game. We’re proud to have you included in our first issue – and are happy to run the piece again – with the incredible last line – in April!

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    1. Oh, Dawn, how sweet of you to comment here. 🙂 Believe me, I was just relieved to learn it was only a mistake. *lol* As one who regularly flubs, I could only be understanding, but I’m sorry for you that you had an error in your first issue. It’s still a great one though!

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