Sales Ahoy! “Chasing Paper Dragons” soon to appear at EVERY DAY FICTION!

Well, the second week here at the new and improved Ridlerville seems to be pretty rocking. The good folks at EVERY DAY FICTION have offered to buy my flash fiction story “Chasing Paper Dragons.” Huzzah!


I wrote this one a few years ago, when I was focused exclusively on short fiction. I’d read a lot of Bruce Holland Rogers, a great practitioner of flash stories, and wanted to see if I could write something in a similar vein (though we have very different voices, him being a tad more of a gentle soul than yours truly).

If I recall, the story also originated as part of my first attempts doing “free writing” to music, creating little story vignettes that I would later mold into flash fiction. It started with an image: an origami kite. After that, I was off to the races.

So, if you like comic books, kite fights, and a big old double-barreled fuck you to the biblical passage that tells us to “put away childish things,” I think you’ll enjoy the story.

And, yes, I know that passage in Corinthians can mean putting away a child’s mean emotions, but it was never used that way in my world. It was always the battle cry to kill the things you loved as a kid, as if that made you a real adult. Feh. I agree with Ursala LeGuin, a grown up is just that, a child that his grown up, not a child who has been killed and replaced by an adult.

So let your freak kites fly, gang, and never let go of the string!






About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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