Summer by James Bates

Children sitting on the dock.

Laughing.

Minnows nibbling their toes.

Jim is an award-winning author whose stories and poems have appeared in over three-hundred online and print publications. His collection of short stories Resilience was published in March 2021, by Bridge House Publishing. Short Stuff a collection of flash fiction and drabbles was published in October 2021, by Chapeltown Books. Periodic Stories and Periodic Stories Volume Two were published in July and September 2021, by Impspired. Dreamers a collection of short stories was published in March 2022, by Clarendon House Publishing. Something Better a dystopian adventure novella was published in July 2021, by Dark Myth Publications. His short story “Aliens” was nominated by The Zodiac Press for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. His story “The Maple Leaf” was voted 2021 story of the year for Spillwords. He lives in a small-town west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. All of his work can be found on his blog at www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com.