Fiction Contest Winner – Kathleen Mickelson

Congratulations Kathleen!

Congratulations Kathleen!

Kathleen Cassen Mickelson is a Minnesota-based writer who works in multiple genres, reads multiple books at a time, owns multiple dogs, shoots multiple photos, and is often sucked right into the idea that multitasking is necessary. But sometimes that gets to be too much. Then Kathleen either works in her garden or uncorks a bottle of wine, each of which get her full attention. You can find a list of Kathleen’s publications and links to her photos on her blog, One Minnesota Writer.

Half Baked

     “Minneapolis in January is a kind of paradise. Now that half the world is uninhabitable because of the heat, it is a haven for the non-techy. There are still frontiersmen, people with biodomes, who refuse to relinquish their so-called control over the environment and live in the Burnt Zone anyway. They’re determined to maintain human presence in hostile territory because…” Click here to read Kathleen’s Story

 

Postcard Poems and Prose asked Kathleen, “Why do you write short fiction?”

“I love brevity. And I love the challenge of completing a story arc in a tight space. The form matches the slide show in my head. I wonder if this means I’m truly a product of the first generation to grow up with television and 60-second sound bites? Or maybe I just hate wasted words on the page/screen.

Half-Baked came from looking at the Minneapolis skyline as I drove home one afternoon and was thinking about how long the winter had been. I was so happy to be driving in sunshine and warmth that day. What would happen to Minneapolis residents if there were no more long, hard winters? Would we still be Minnesota nice?”

 

No, that's not Minneapolis in the background. Kathleen and her husband Jim visited London and Northumberland in April 2014.

No, that’s not Minneapolis in the background. Kathleen and her husband Jim visited London and Northumberland in April 2014.

This was what Kathleen and Jim left behind to go to England. It melted before they returned.

This was what Kathleen and Jim left behind to go to England. It melted before they returned.

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