Not a Prince #DealMeIn2018

This week, I drew spades. In the Deal Me In short story reading challenge, we associate stories with cards and whatever card we draw tells us what story to read.

I’ve associated the suit of spades with Daily Science Fiction, and the story I read was this:

Not a Prince

by Kathryn Yelinek

This story is a textbook example of indirection. By the end, you have no doubt that you’ve read a different story than the one on the screen, a conviction that is gradually built. Not too gradually, since it’s flash fiction, but as gradually as such a short form allows.

The author, Kathryn Yelinek, is a “librarian and writer.” I haven’t experienced her library skillz but, based on her story, I would put “writer” first. Well done, Library Lady!

If YOU need a short story to read, I have free ones here on my Free Reads page. I also have four collections for 99 cents each linked from my Short Stories page.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Write a scene in which something is happening other than what appears to be happening, and communicate that to the reader.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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