A new flash story, in email format

Page & Spine has published my story “New Hire Announcement: Senior Plant Geneticist” on their Outta This World page. 

When I wrote this story, my workplace at the time had hired a bunch of new people within a few months.  The email announcements kept popping up, and I took the pattern of their structure and decided to write a story based on it.  Once I had a few details in place, I researched job titles, qualifications, work histories, etc.  I enjoy unexpected story structures, from Sofia Samatar’s “Walkdog” posing as a school assignment, to the creepy message boards of Candle Cove.  I’d already written a tale, “Little Seed,” as diary entries, so this time it was great fun trying to create narrative out of an email or two.