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Tara Lynn Masih, Age 9

Author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories, Tara Lynn Masih is the award-winning editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, and is also the founding Series Editor of The Best Small Fictions. Presented here is a painting made when she was nine.

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— Tara Lynn Masih, Age 9

“While I kept a diary when I was in elementary school that I will never share with another living soul, I did not write much of anything else. I did more drawing at the time. I loved comic books (Casper, Archie, Betty and Veronica) and fairy tales, so combined the two. Fairy tale comics! But I was unable to find them. I did find this painting I did when I was 9. My father was a watercolor artist and wanted to teach me and my brother how to paint. I recall he helped with the sky, then we were on our own. Why the sky is so much better than the rest! But I kept this picture because I remember being happy with how the window box and tulips came out. I loved tiny things even back then, and the tinier I could paint something, the better. Perhaps my heritage showing through (India is known for its miniature paintings).”