by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Back in 2004, I wrote a flash fiction piece at a place called Asilomar. It was inspired by an actual tragedy in which a 6 year-old girl had burned to death at a gas station. I'm not sure if they were able to determine if it was accidental or on purpose, but the event took place near my parent's home so it left us all unsettled.

When I wrote it I wanted to explore the possibilities of what it might be like existing as a ghost. Would you have some sense of consciousness or would you gradually lose that over time? Or would you become something else all together.

I submitted it to many places over the years, but never caught found a home for it. Sometimes it got close. I had almost forgotten about it until I saw Cease, Cows on Twitter promoting a Scary Short Story contest. So, I dusted it off and submitted and crossed my fingers.

A few weeks later I was delighted to learn that it had won 2nd place and would go live on their site the day before Halloween. 

Now I'm going to go back to some of those pieces I had trouble finding homes for and see if I can get them placed somewhere. You never know. There's always hope. 



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