Flag

My short story, Flag, posted today on 1:1000.  In a sense it is autobiographical, but none of it actually happened.  The day I started it I was standing at my morning duty post in the commons of my high school when I saw a student walking around with a case of art supplies.  While I was looking at him, I suddenly could smell acrylic paint.  It took me back to so many memories.  Later that same day, I found the 1:1000 website.  They have an interesting concept where writers select a picture and then write a 1,000(ish) word story to accompany it.  As I was scrolling through, I saw the picture of Jasper Johns’s Flag.  Johns has always been one of my favorite artists.  These two incidents of my past pushing in on my present inspired this story.

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