Going Long published in joyful!

My flash fiction piece, “Going Long” was selected as Editor’s Choice of the month in joyful!

When I was eight years old, I lost one of my childhood friends to Leukemia. I had moved from Cherry, Illinois to another town. Oglesby, Illinois halfway through second grade and it was after that when I found out that my friend had passed away.

What I remembered most about him was that in the first grade we hung out every day before school and during recess. Also, we were two of four students (maybe more) who were not Catholic and were asked to step outside while the other students, who were Catholic studied Catechism. That’s probably why we got so close.

That was the genesis for this story that takes place in Oglesby, Illinois where I lived from 1966-1976. The names of the places are actual places.

I wanted to write a story about a boy who really wasn’t that good in sports but had a friend who excelled in most sports and always looked out for his friend.

I am sure we have all had a friend like Larry in our lives who looked out for us.


5 Responses to “Going Long published in joyful!”

  1. Dave Steele July 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm # Reply

    Congratulations! Job well done, and best wishes for many more successes.

  2. Jeffrey July 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm # Reply

    Thanks Dave. I appreciate your sentiment and support very much.

  3. Nye July 31, 2010 at 11:21 pm # Reply

    Congrats Jeffrey, that’s a very touching story. I also lost a friend when I was about 11 year old, she and her friend apparently played with her dad’s gun. Her friend was just making the noise when she put the gun to her head, but my friend actually pulled the trigger and killed herself. It was tragic and she was a beautiful Chinese girl.

    • Jeffrey August 1, 2010 at 5:26 am # Reply


      I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Claudine Giovannoni August 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm # Reply

    I’m very happy to hear that!
    Is always a deep feeling to publish a novel… and this one is tightened to your past memories!
    I’m sure is going to be a good lesson for many reader; pity nowadays what the “usual” reader wants is sex and violence.
    For this reason is double important to consider with special delicacy authors who bring back love and memories in theirs works.
    My compliments, Jeffrey.
    Let me know the ISBN number, I would love to buy it too!
    I wish you and your family a lovely sunday
    Serenity :-)claudine

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