Deborah has very kindly agreed to judge this week’s contest so listen closely to her excellent advice:
If the Blue Heeler could talk, she would tell you that girl-Foy spends too much time clicking away on the whirring box and not enough time throwing the “fetch.” All is forgiven, though, with “cookies” and “walk.” At least until girl-Foy wants to play “bath” again.
So, great story. How did you get there from the prompt and bookends? If the host takes the time to post links and wiki-pages then I want to honor that by exploring them. Five minutes into reading about Pavlova, I had my story thanks to that curious word “asserted.” Peering at history from a tilted angle can reveal worlds you hadn’t seen.
100 words ain’t many. How do you fit a story into so few words? Trust your readers are clever enough to understand what’s not being said.
Why do you like flash fiction? Instant gratification. That sounds terrible but there’s a satisfaction that comes from just being finished. No weeks and months of rewriting, editing, and wading through self-doubt.
Been writing long? At twelve, I started strong, writing poems, song lyrics, and half-finished stories, only to slack off during college. This past October, I came crawling back and couldn’t be happier!
You write anything else? Melancholy poetry, limping short stories, and, recently, a full-length Speculative Fiction. Narrative set in our reality is something I usually try to avoid.
Any advice for other flash writers? Don’t let another writer’s skill or success intimidate you. We’re all mortals here and everyone sees through different eyes.
Any interesting writerly projects in the pipeline? Yes, I’ve got this burning dream to write dark children’s shorts. The hero is a past shadow-self of my Mr. Foy. I want to record his adventures for our future Foylings.
I just finished reading a book. Can you recommend another? The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Captivating, unique, and a pinch of Edgy. I can’t praise it enough.