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My Totally Aweome Funeral: A Response
Curtis Smith

The Decathlon: The Course
Jessica Hollander

Ambient Plumbing (a prequel)
J. Ryan Stradal

Anne Elliott

Belleville, IL: Liner Notes
Chris Orlet

Lane 12: Behind the Story
Shellie Zacharia

Fireworks: Audio Commentary
J. Chris Rock

Pregnant: Sketches
Catherine Zeidler

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Shellie Zacharia's fiction has appeared in Swivel, Washington Square, Dos Passos Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Vestal Review, and other journals. She teaches in Gainesville, Florida.

Photo by Sean Carman

“Lane 12” was a story written while I was away at a writer’s retreat in North Carolina. After one of those days of solitude, holed up in a room singing old rock songs and staring at walls and doing all those things we do when suddenly faced with “writing time,” I kicked back one night and yammered with some poets and fiction writers and a guy with a guitar. The subject that popped up was bowling – a response to a fellow writer’s recently shared flash fiction bowling piece. Someone else mentioned having once owned a bowling alley. Someone talked about cosmic bowling night, and another writer mentioned buying a bowling ball at a thrift shop with the monogram JTH. I remembered my own bowling league days, back when I was ten and had a patch sewn on my shirt for Girl High Average.

Give some writers some drinks, a topic, and the world opens up. At some point I said, “Be back in fifteen,” and ran to my room and started my story. I came back to the group with an opening paragraph, a description of Juney Teresa Hart, and after I read it aloud, I got hoots and cheers. Every writer needs a story to receive such a grand welcome.

Read "Lane 12" by Shellie Zacharia in Hobart 6.