Another Beautiful Birthday Reading -- Lori Fischer reading "Pretty"

I wrote the story "Pretty" several years ago. It's a special piece to me because it was my introduction to the literary ezine I've edited for the last few years: Metazen. Life has become very full and quite complicated recently, so Metazen will be taking a hiatus until autumn. If I am at all able to continue with this litzine, I will.

I love Lori Fischer's reading of "Pretty". She nails the feelings of this little girl so trapped by her mother's expectations of the world.

Below is the link to the Metazen publication. Copy it and paste it into your browser if you want to read along.

Here is Lori Fischer, wildly talented screenwriter and actress, reading the flash "Pretty":

Once again, thank you to Lori Fischer for making this birthday pretty.

I must be off,

Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's award-winning fiction, non-fiction and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, PANK, Camroc Press Review, Bootsnall Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. He lives in Germany.


  1. What a sweet short story! It was a fun read that made me smile. Thanks for writing and sharing it!

    1. Thanks for listening, Vanessa! And thanks for stopping by!


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