Author Archives: J.S. Graustein

PicFic Turns 2

virtual cake and candles for us all

To celebrate PicFic’s 2nd birthday, current editor Casey Murphy has selected a list of seven stellar stories from our archives. This means the next seven issues on Twitter will link back to the originals. Can’t wait two weeks? Want to know which stories made it NOW?

Mouthpiece by Christian Ward
Intermission Snipe by Robert Laughlin
Revenge Served Cold by Eric Berg
Think by Bruce Harris
Global Warming by Ben White
In Vino Veritas by Kevin Bishop
An Agonizing Choice by Tom Mahony

The creation of this list was an agonizing choice. If your favorite stories didn’t make it, please share which ones you would have chosen. The point of this celebration is to remember what an incredible collection of words and wordcrafters this archive holds.

Bon anniversaire to all our contributors and readers!


Portraits of the Moon

I mixed your ashes into paintings I was preparing for my next show; a great success, I am pleased to report, and they never found the body.

© 2011, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin



I was scared as the car became a sizzling snow fort under the volcano’s ash, but the talk show appearances later were fun.

© 2011, S. Kay



That day, on his walk, he took in sights and (l)inks of meaning;
pondered (r)egrets, (c)ash value, choices of l(if)estyle.

© 2011, Dorothee Lang
companion story to Karyn Eisler’s “Tr(ash)”



She wrote them down on (s)lips of paper—fears, regrets, resentment, anger.
One by one, she placed them in the fla(me) of a cinnamon candle.

© 2011, Karyn Eisler
companion story to Dorothee Lang’s “D(ash)” (link will go live at 6:00 p.m.)