Short on Sugar, High on Honey

Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Stories (2018)

Short on Sugar

  • 300 little love stories
  • 7–13 words
  • 101 pocket-sized pages

An exciting new anthology of micro fiction by over 200 authors from around the world.

The authors include: Paul Beckman, Stuart Dybek, Carrie Etter, Sherrie Flick, Avital Gad-Cykman, Tara Lynn Masih, Lynn Mundell, Jonathan Pinnock, Pedro Ponce, Santino Prinzi, Sally Reno, Bruce Holland Rogers, Ravi Shankar, Laura Tansley, Meg Tuite, Deb Olin Unferth, Diane Williams … and many more.

Sample stories:

He lowered his pants. She gasped. He’d misspelled her name. It was permanent. [M. E. Parker]

Callie accepted Trey’s ring, then texted Dave to meet her at the pawnshop. [Joanne Fairies]

Clothes make the man – but you gotta remove them to make the baby. [Lizzi Wolf]

In the kitchen is a picture of a family that almost never happened. [Joseph S. Peters]

As a faithful wife, I faced no remorse. Only regrets. [Nathalie Boisard-Beudin]

Forty years. Lovers always. Married. Finally husbands. [Paul Fahey]

I pull petals from daisies you push up. They answer always: loved me. [Denise R. Graham]

‘If William Blake could see a world in a grain of sand, what might he see in a micro love story? My favorite is by Pedro Ponce: “There was a boy who loved a girl. Such stories rarely end well.” These micros challenge the reader to imagine the agony and ecstasy of whole lives in about a dozen words. Are you up to it? Buy this book and see.’
Robert Shapard, author of Motel and Other Stories; co-editor of Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short-Short StoriesSudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America.

‘Sure, a picture can be worth a thousand words, but what is the worth of seven to thirteen words? In Short on Sugar, High on Honey, some sentences are worth an entire plot, particularly the mini-tales of such authors as Beverly Jackson, Julianna Baggott, Stuart Dybek, Paul Lorello, Lauren Becker, Nancy Castaneda, John Briggs, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, and Joanne Faries. Other one-liners work as prompts for story ideas: How might you start a novel with this situation? What would happen next if a character said this? Either way, this anthology opens the door into the imagination of what could be – both on the page and in our lives.’
Marjorie Maddox, author of What She Was SayingTrue, False, None of the AboveLocal News from Someplace Else.

‘Love is where you find it. Until you lose it. These brief encounters swing both ways, here today, gone tomorrow, but always with instant recognition. You’ve been there. Now here you are again. With its truth burned into your memory.’
James Thomas, co-editor of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short StoriesFlash Fiction: 72 Very Short StoriesFlash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World.

‘Imagine all your smartest, wittiest friends volleying words around a table, discussing love and all its failings and imperfect beauty. That is this book. By turns tender and arch, full of humor, candor, and wickedly deft insights, Short on Sugar, High on Honey is a delightful, entertaining read featuring some of the best writers working today.’
Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: A Collection of Undomesticated Flash Fictions and Together We Can Bury It; co-author of Rift.

An exciting new anthology of micro fiction by over 200 authors from around the world.

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