Steven M. Stucko was the winner of MB1.20.
Steve is a retired high school teacher who hates to talk of himself in the third person. He lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and thinks it is the most beautiful place in the world. He is an artist who paints and makes stained glass panels. Writing has always been part of his life though he still types with two fingers.
100 words ain’t many. How do you fit a story into so few words? I must assume the reader has a good imagination. If they can fill out the rest of the story themselves, I’ve done a good job.
Why do you like flash fiction? Flash Fiction forces me to use only the words I need. I tend to over write and FF teaches me that sometimes less is more.
Been writing long? I wrote something in the sixth grade that was read in front of the school and I was hooked. I have always liked to tell stories. Writing them down helps me remember them.
You write anything else? I write poetry and short stories.
Any advice for other flash writers? I find it best to describe some things in specific detail and then leave other parts for the reader to figure out. I have learned to read it over 20 times before submitting it. Finding typos after the fact is frustrating.
Any interesting writerly projects in the pipeline? I just wrote a shopping list in the form of a country western song. I rhymed smelly with deli.
I just finished reading a book. Can you recommend another? I have read Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance six times. That’s a good one. I’d recommend anything by Carson McCullers. Her short stories make me want to keep writing.
Steven M. Stucko
Blueberry was never bored. She saw possibilities for joyous expression everywhere. She made colorful collages from discarded magazines and gave them as personalized gifts. She bent soft twigs into heart shapes and suspended them from elastics pulled from her socks to make elaborate kinetic mobiles. She used broken blocks of cement to create art on the steps of the run down housing project where she lived with her six siblings. Blueberry saw beauty everywhere. In her mind she lived in a glorious wonderland of her own creation. She was the curator of a great museum on the hill.
I thought Blueberry was a nice name for my character because of the juxtaposition between her tenement environment and a sweet, little, beautiful berry. The hill represents a goal reached, and sense of commitment and victory.