My short story, All the Beautiful People, has been accepted by Hoxie Gorge for their Spring/Summer 2022 issue!
All the Beautiful People was inspired by a past time of mine – people watching. I think individuals are beautiful and one of the most wonderful things about them is that, in all their anxieties and insecurities, most seem to overlook the loveliest parts of themselves. It might be their smile, their kindness, or even their imperfections!
I spent Sunday at the Norton Simon museum. I watched a group of visitors take selfies with the Picassos and Reniors. They fussed and posed, smiled and laughed nervously. Gorgeous in their own individuality.
All the Beautiful People is told by a first person narrator who looks for this beauty even as she pushes down her own pain.