Monday, January 12, 2015

Reader's Diary #1111- Morgen Bailey: Albeit for Small Mercies


Ah, flash fiction and 2nd person point of view. Two of my favourites come together in Morgen Bailey's "Albeit for Small Mercies." Not that I wasn't a little skeptical. In the preamble, Bailey states that wrote the story earlier that morning, finishing just 30 seconds ago. As one who blogs, and publishes, and edits after-the-fact (if at all), I know from experience how rough these rushed pieces can be and how prone to typos they are. That doesn't mean that I don't demand more of those I read!

Thankfully, Bailey's story works and appears error-free (not that I mightn't have missed something). It's about you (it's 2nd person after all), negotiating the "glass is half empty/ glass is half full" debate. Let's face it, you do this all the time. We all do. I like it better we have the chance to do this for ourselves rather than someone else waving their finger in your face and snarkily saying, "first world problems!" the second you complain that one of your apps keeps crashing. As for which glass scenario wins in Bailey's story, you'll just have to read it to find out.

It's a quick, amusing, relatable tale with everyday poignancy.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That was a very poignant tale. Simple but very effective. In fact, it's likely its simplicity that makes it so effective. Nice find.

Morgen With An E said...

Thank you very much for picking up on my story. Second-person pov is my favourite to write and while it's not to everyone's taste, I'm delighted you enjoyed it.