SUSAN O'NEILL is the author of Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam, and has edited Vestal Review (, an ezine/literary journal for “flash fiction,” since it began nearly ten years ago. Her stories and essays have appeared in such varied media professional journals (e.g.: RN Magazine), lit magazines (e.g.: Indiana Review) and Spoken Word sites ( She eventually graduated with that BA and starved for a couple years as a reporter, and is now one step away from living under a bridge in Brooklyn, as a writer. Her more-or-less monthly essays can be found in a Blog linked to the bottom of her website ( She is still technically an RN, but would probably kill somebody — unintentionally . . . although you never know—if she went back to work in the field.