Not My Title #DealMeIn19

Before I forget, this is the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash (micro-mini-flash story) on my Hot Flashes page. Go read it. I’ll wait.

You know how I mash up the titles of stuff I’m recommending Friday, to make one goofy-ass mash-up title? What’s that you say: You don’t read my blog often enough to know my little ways? Fine, then.

ANYWAY, this title, which is from Daily Science Fiction because my Deal Me In deck turned up spades this week, sounds like one of those. It sounds like the author has a deck of flash cards or something, and turned up a handful and got this title, then wrote the story from the title.

And who cares if he did? The story is brilliant. I adore it.

What’s the title, you ask?

The Cloud Dragon Ate Red Balloons

by Tom Cardamone

Lyrical and muscular, this flash story is more vignette than narrative. It’s beautiful in its use of concrete language to explore the inner and exterior life of a fantastical creature. Don’t miss it!

Tom Cardamone’s queer speculative short story collection, Pumpkin Teeth, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the editor of The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered, and author of the erotic fantasy novel, The Werewolves of Central Park. You can read more about him and his work at

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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 FROM ME TO YOU: Grab five or six random words and write a title. Write–or, at least, imagine–the story the title would express.



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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One thought on “Not My Title #DealMeIn19

  1. Mitchell Allen

    April 1, 2019 at 9:39am

    “Tag” made me laugh.”Cloud Dragon Ate Red Balloons” made me rejoice in the beauty of the the intertwining of English language and Japanese culture.



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