Short Fiction

A-to-Z Challenge Reveal — The Flashing of New Jersey

I love this state.  It’s got everything mashed into one easy to navigate travel size.  You can go from gritty urban streets to the beach and then to the mountains all in the same day if you wanted.   You can eat the sweetest fruits and juiciest sun-warmed tomatoes every summer at our many farmers’ markets.  You can hear great music, drink great beer, get a terrific education and enjoy cultural and ethnic diversity.  It’s true we have some big problems, including high property taxes, and we can be a rough crowd.  But when you get to know us you’ll discover that we are champions of the underdog, and share his correspondingly soft and vulnerable underbelly.

So for the A-to-Z Challenge this April I’m giving it my all and posting a “flash” piece a day.  A little literary homage to my beloved Garden State inspired by stuff  seen, heard or connected to my beloved New Jersey.    They may be short but just like New Jersey, they won’t all be sweet.

See you soon.


13 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge Reveal — The Flashing of New Jersey

  1. Can’t wait. I’m proud of your commitment to this challenge, it’ll be cool to find out new things about Jersey!

  2. Looking forward to learning more about my former home 🙂 It’s true the state has riches to offer that most people are completely unaware of. And yay you for taking on this challenge!

    1. Thank you , DD! It was fun last year, and I did a bit more pre-planning and scheduling for 2015. Thankfully the “guidelines” suggest 100 –300 word posts. not much when you think about it, but a challenge for fiction, even of the flash variety.

    1. Hi Alex,
      We still have tolls along both the Garden State Parkway and the Turnpike, but they are a little more spread out now. Thanks for traveling through the CAnITakeaNap super highway ~ see you in April.

    1. Thanks — I think I started brainstorming a theme last May. When I signed up last year I tried to plan at least a week ahead, but it was a challenge. I found the tip was to stay within the 300-500 word range. Good luck! I’ll be cheering you on.

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