Kay Smith-Blum


aka #discerningKSB

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VIRUS DAYS/a humorous essay series



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“Ha! True-to-life and so well rendered.”


author of Failing Paris and Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, professor at Chapman University, journalist/editor of Coast Magazine

“Wonderful essay!”


National Best-Selling author, founder Sonoma County Writers Camp, adjunct professor UCLA, Stanford, Rutgers, San Francisco Library Laureate

“Years from now, people will look back at 2020 and scratch their heads trying to imagine what the COVID-19 atmosphere must have been like. KSB summed it up perfectly with humor and grace. I laughed out loud at the spot-on observations!” 


professional editor, The Meticulous Type




A chance meeting on the shore

This short tale is drawn from my first, yet unpublished novel. Frances and Ethel, both originally minor characters have emerged into important sub-plot figures in the rewrite. Frances finds herself in rehab and Ethel is a unexpected face from home with her own issues.

Enjoy! And please comment on the site!

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The Newcomer


Unexpected visitors take all forms...

This flash fiction piece is a bird's eye view of community, the secrets we hold close and the forces behind the curtain. Let me know if you identified the true nature of the Newcomer before the end.

Enjoy! And please share from the site!



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Kay Smith-Blum was named Woman Business Owner (NWWA) of the Year 2013. She is also a former President of the Seattle School Board. A former fashion retailer, or "recovering retailer" as she likes to say, Smith-Blum now spends her days writing bayside in downtown Seattle. 

Smith-Blum chaired the Downtown Seattle Association’s first marketing campaign, edited and published a seasonal fashion magazine for 10 years and co-edited the “Every Man, Every Woman” inspirational series of cards & posters, published by Schurman Fine Papers, Portal Publications and Sawdust City.

KSB is the author of two novels of historical fiction, currently being submitted for agent review. Her second, yet to be published, novel is a finalist in the 2021 Page Turner Writing Awards.  Her humorous essay, “Targets,” was nominated for “Best of the Net” by Heavy Feather Review and others in her Virus Days humor series have been published by Pif Magazine, The Furious Gazelle, Quail Bell Magazine, Bewildering Stories and Down in the Dirt (Anthology 2020). Her short fiction can be found now or in the future at Fiction Southeast, Change Seven,, Fiction Attic Press, Minerva Rising and The Stray Branch.


Upcoming Events

  • Publication of short story - Desco Drive
    Oct 18, 2021, 11:14 AM – Jan 20, 2022, 3:14 PM
    Pulled from KSB's second novel, now out for agent review - don't miss this first glimpse at Hattie and Grace and the beginning of their unexpected alliance.
  • Publication of short story - Reach
    Jan 15, 2022, 12:00 PM
    A creative non-fiction tale about a most talented model who navigated life with an exceptional reach.
  • Publication of short story - Wallpaper
    Mar 01, 2022, 9:00 AM
    A deeper study into two characters of my first novel, yet unpublished, produced this juxtapositional piece, Frances and Laney, their connection, their choices, their shame. Watch for publication in The Stray Branch, Spring of 2022.
  • TBD
    Publication of short story - Free Will
    Time is TBD
    Pulled from my first novel, yet unpublished, enjoy this opportunity to meet and experience Laney's pain in 1952. Don't miss my essay on the story behind the story as well on Fiction Southeast's front page, along with an audio version.


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