Saturday, January 8, 2011
…I have a bunch of things up:
"Settle" @ 52/250 A Year of Flash
"Story Problems," "First and Last," "This Is Not A Game For Me," and "Neighbors" @ Eunoia Review
"Medicine and Meat" @ Wrong Tree Review
All of these are also here under "Words In Print."
…My short poem, "Homecoming" was also named one of Cynic Online Magazine's Best of 2010. That was a minor thrill for me.
…Yesterday I spent a lot of time reading other people's writing and trying to comment or send notes on what I liked. I love to get feedback, especially an email, and I try to be the voice of recognition for others. Writing is such a lonely thing, and unless you're Stephen King of the likes of him, I'd wager to say you're insecure, so hearing praise--if it's it honest, accurate and heartfelt--is important.
……Here are some random excerpts to "A Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction" that you might enjoy.
"Short stories allow readers to see a world in a grain of sand." William Blake
"If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writetr had stated them." Hemingway
"Flash fiction is about ambiguity. Flash is about a singular moment, a slice of life, a sketch."
"Every work bears weight. Thus, lyrical writing tends to work well in this form."
"Be proud of your ability to capture (and capture well) one discrete moment in time. What else is there?" Nathan Leslie
"Finding a good flash fiction is like sighting a comet, all the more glorious for it being rare." Shappard and Thomas
"Flash fiction has to be brief,yet intimate. We're in the punch-in-the-gut business."
"In order to fully understand and appreciate characters in conflict, sometimes we have to push REWIND."
"Outside, the sound of a jet enjine passing overhead is a reminder of passengers taking off to near and far places. So, too, are the bueses, trains, and subways of South Station that will kids back to school. As writers, this is what we are competing with--the constant need to move. This is strong advice for any storyteller. Get on with it." Stace Budzko