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Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

This chapbook has been reprinted as part of our
5-chapbook collection They Could No Longer Contain Themselves. Buy it here.


How Some People Like Their Eggs
By Sean Lovelace
Winner of the Third Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest
With an introduction by contest judge Sherrie Flick

Paperback, 52 pages, letterpressed covers
August 2009
ISBN 978-0-9789848-7-8

“Lovelace takes on Destiny, Luck,and Fate in How Some People Like Their Eggs. His little stories seek out these big-guy concepts and bring them down like in an old movie filled with gangsters, trench coats, cigarettes, and tough-talking women with nice legs—using smart dialogue and wit.”
—Sherrie Flick, author of I Call This Flirting and Reconsidering Happiness: A Novel

How Some People Like Their Eggs is a collection of 10 flash fictions about things falling apart, wrung out wrong, raveling and unraveling, from missing woodchucks to train-struck ferrets, from Bonnie and Clyde to Charlie Brown (a notorious fatalist and depressive), from meteorites to bear attacks to gunplay in the bait shop. And so on to flash fiction worlds of talking crows, percolating trees, Che Guevara’s omelets, and Ingrid Bergman’s sex life. These stories are light and yet succulent like a Cornish hen, whatever that means. How does an amphibian know the moment it’s OK to unfold the lungs? Wait. These stories are small but so is a hydrogen atom. Open these pages, split them apart, and BOOM. There you go. Enjoy.

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Sean Lovelace is a professor of creative writing at Ball State University. He writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Recent publications include Willow Springs, Diagram, Sonora Review, and Black Warrior Review. His works have won several awards, including the prestigious Crazyhorse Fiction Prize. He blogs at He also likes to run, far.