Our latest winner is Brian S Creek. Follow him on Twitter and check out his blog. If you enjoyed Brian’s MB1.46–winning story, you might want to take a look at Flashdogs: An Anthology (Volume 1), Flashdogs : Solstice : Light: Volume 2, Flashdogs : Solstice : Dark: Volume 2 and Wattpad to read more of his work.
Brian has very kindly agreed to judge this week’s contest so pay attention as he tells us a little about himself and his writing:
Brian lives on the south coast of England with one wife, one son and one cat.
In 2014 he was bitten by a radioactive FlashDog and now has an uncontrollable urge to write short pieces of fiction. His condition is currently being monitored by the fine physicians at Flash! Friday, Angry Hourglass and Micro Bookends.
He loves Sci-fi, Fantasy, and (almost) anything involving Superheroes. Powerful, well written characters and devilishly clever plot twists get his attention.
So, great story. How did you get there from the prompt and bookends? It wasn’t until I thought about the first bookend on its own that I remembered something evil from my childhood called algebra. I really haven’t used it much in the last two decades and guarantee that I’m beyond rusty.
Add this to the fact that I’m fully aware my son’s tech knowledge will surpass mine quicker than I’m comfortable with and it quickly becomes a parental fear; the child being smarter than the parent.
I then took the graffiti from the image, and how to the artist it means something personal, something important, but to the older generation it just looks like a mess, and this led to the dyslexia angle.
100 words ain’t many. How do you fit a story into so few words? If I’m honest, I don’t know.
When I start the edit, I’m aware that I may remove something that could make the story better for the reader. But I don’t notice it because everything stays in my head, that I always have the bigger picture, the background beyond what’s on the page.
I guess I got lucky this time and managed to leave in the most important bits.
Why do you like flash fiction? With the attention span of a hyperactive goldfish, I find it difficult to stay on one project. So many unfinished stories lay in my wake. But Flash is short enough to stay at the front of my mind long enough to get it finished.
Been writing long? Since I was able to articulate my imagination. But it’s only the last 18 months that I’ve been taking things a little more . . . seriously.
You write anything else? I do. I have several novels in 1st draft form, a lot of short stories (also in 1st draft). When I was in college I even dabbled with screenplays.
Recently though, I’ve moved into episodic writing. Despite my recent project FRACTURED DAWN stalling, it’s something I’m determined to carry on doing.
Any advice for other flash writers? I find flash fiction is great for experimenting.
When it comes to the bigger stuff that you plan to spend a lot of time on, it makes sense to do it in a genre or style that you love to read.
But flash is short enough that you can try something new or something outside your comfort zone, and if you don’t like it, you haven’t wasted six months of your life.
Any interesting writerly projects in the pipeline? Why yes. It’s funny that you should mention that.
I’m working on expanding the CHRIS AND MIKE vs THE WORLD flash stories that I enter weekly on this very site.
I’m currently working through the 2nd draft of ‘vs THE RISING DEAD’, and I plan on using this November’s NaNoWriMo to expand ‘vs THE FOREST OF DEATH’ and ‘vs THE TEMPLE OF GLOOM’.
I just finished reading a book. Can you recommend another? I’ve just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If you’re a geek who grew up in the 80’s/90’s, it will feel like it was written specifically for you.