Sunday, January 30, 2011

Publication News: Pure Francis

Oh hi! The weather's been awfully nice since the storm passed. The wind is cool and the sun is blazing; the usual duality. I've had a busy day full of smiles and handshakes and a lot of hamming it up; the reason is that the day has come when my flash fiction piece, "Polar Bear," has been published.

Check it out here!

Inspired by my black hole knowledge of folklore, a pinch of winter weather, and a strong love for apple cider, "Polar Bear" comes to you via the fantastic online literary magazine called Pure Francis. I'm happy that my piece has found a home there, and I recommend you read a few other pieces that have been printed (I quite enjoyed "Physicians' Ball" by Doug Lane and "Sunflower" by Chris Brown).

So I had to go out and celebrate this momentous occasion by doing something silly and, if I do say so myself, ham-tastic:

I'll have you know that my family and I wandered around with this button for half the day with no one commenting about it - an easy way to simmer down the ego, if you think about it. But, really, Disney cast members are only obligated to smile and wish people a happy birthday when they wear the "Happy Birthday" buttons. Oh. Nice to know the "I'm Celebrating" pin isn't worth much, haha!

I'm grinning as I'm sitting here, typing this post out, and feeling giddy and energetic. No amount of lesson planning can slow me down (I hope). I'm excited and glowing about this publication and I hope you enjoy it when you see it.

So after reading my story, I have one question to ask you (accompanied by inspiring images found on We Heart It):

Which bear do you prefer: the white bear or the brown bear?


  1. Oh, how exciting!!! I am elated for you! (I would have commented on your button. =D)
    I really enjoyed your story! And in reply to your question, I've always liked white bears. Because Polar Bears are white bears and I have a thing for animals that live in the freezing cold (like penguins and seals and such). :)

  2. I must say I am rather drawn to that fuzzy looking brown bear. :)

    Lovely post, and your story is utterly brilliant! You are a truly talented soul, dear. x

  3. You must be a capable writer indeed to get published! I thought your story was wonderful. Thank you for your comment, I'm very glad to have found your blog and am a new follower.

    Incidentally, I've always liked brown bears. Something about the way they wander the forests and mountains.

  4. Congratulations, Kim! Your story was enchanting. I would have to say I am more of a brown bear girl myself. There is nothing like an inaccessible nomad!

  5. @Melee Thanks! Next time, I think I'm going to get a birthday pin and put "I'm Published" on it - then we'll see what happens. It's turning out to be a dare, haha.

    I'm also a fan of cold weather, even freezing temperatures, so I can see that. Seals are just awesome.

    @mckenzie Thank you for the kind words. Ah, the brown bear! He was some great qualities to him. More outwardly lovable than the polar bear (it's debatable, but, fairy tale wise, the brown bear is the one who plays games all winter with Snow White and Rose Red).

    @John Haha, thank you! I did enjoy your blog and I'm glad you've taken an interest in my writing one here. Yay! Yes, the brown bears always seem to be surrounded by nature, and it's a strong image.

    @Ashley Thank ye (how many ways can I say it? Haha!) You're very right about the brown bear :)

    Wow! So far the brown bear is winning :D

  6. Congratulations! You've got talent. My vote is for the polar bear. Their white fur gives them an ironic innocence--they look so pure yet the claws and white teeth tell another story

  7. congrats, that's wonderful! I think polar bears are such a cool topic.

  8. Congratulations on getting published, what a lovely achievement! I read your story, it was truly wonderful. In answer to your question, I like Pooh Bear best of all, and he's brown. x

  9. @Laura HEYYYY! Haha. Thanks! Polar Bears and white in general do give that impression. You're right. I think I like that about them too. That must be why they show up in Coke commercials, haha.

    @hila Thank you! I do like reading about them... in stories. Wasn't there a polar bear in The Golden Compass? He was pretty awesome.

    @Thea Thaaaank you! I'm glad you liked it! Hahaha, Pooh Bear! Well, he's definitely in a league of his own, that's for sure. But he's pretty cool.

    I think we're tied now. Pooh Bear must be separate, I think. I guess you can vote for him too :D