A few weeks ago, my friends at the flash fiction journal SmokeLong Weekly asked me to be their guest editor for a week. I've never been an editor before, so I said yes immediately. I figured it would be easy. I'd read some stories, pick my favorite, and then I'd have a stiff drink. Because that's what editors do, I imagined.
Over the course of seven days, I read about 60 stories. And, unfortunately for me, a lot of them were very, very good. Some were funny. Some were weird (in good ways). Some were borderline offensive (also in good ways). At the end of my allotted period, though, of all the quality work I had the opportunity to read, one stuck with me the most: "Here, Hereafter," by Michael Patrick Brady.
The first time I read it, I was pretty sure I loved it. The second time I read it, I somehow liked it even more. The third time I read it, I wanted to wake my wife up and have her read it, too. In just 300-and-something words, Michael Patrick Brady has accomplished something great. I hope you enjoy it, too...and I can't wait to see what this guy comes up with next.