“No, dear.” She drew the oven mitts over her hands.
“No, dear.” She placed the flaky-crusted pan before him.
“Mmmm. No.” She pressed the knife into the flesh of the pie, smiling as it exhaled.
“Cherry? Apple? Peach?”
“I couldn’t say. You’ll just have to taste it for yourself.” She passed the plate to his waiting hands.
“No, darling. It’s a different kind of pie altogether.” She patted the glass vial outlined in her pocket.
“Hck. Hck. Hck…”
“Hmmm? Oh, no thank you, I won’t be having any today.” She leaned back in the chair and closed her eyes.
The Friday Fictioneers is a group of writers who strive each week to tell a story in just 100 words. Using photo prompts by group founder, Madison Woods, the Fictioneers can be found on FaceBook, Twitter (@FridayFictioneers), or linked throughout the web via their individual blogs. Read more of today’s Flash here:
Flash fiction – AKA postcard fiction, micro fiction, or short-shorts – is making waves around the world. The Irish Times interviewed current writers of the trendy genre:
“I definitely think Web 2.0, especially blogs and online magazines, have facilitated the growth of the flash fiction,” says author Rob Kitchin, who specialises in the “drabble”, a short story of exactly 100 words. “In some ways, though, the rise says more about how the internet is affecting writers than readers.”
But readers are loving the “bite-sized” pieces that can be read on hand-held devices, ” consumed on a train or bus ride or in the small pockets of time that people have within their day,” says Alison Wells.
Writers are making good use of their tiny writing samples, too. The article reports “…(John) McFetridge also employs a collection of flash fiction as a calling card, giving away a sample of his work to readers for free via digital download. Rob Kitchin has already benefited from offering his flash fictions for free online.
“It can be a very good way of getting noticed,” he says. “The most obvious example is Stuart Neville, whose agent discovered him via a short story in [online magazine] Thuglit. I also hooked up with my agent through a flash fiction challenge, where the agent was a judge. In both cases we were asked if we had any full-length pieces they could take a look at.”
But is flash fiction sustainable beyond the web and the fun of writer’s groups online? Some smaller presses are looking at short fiction and its life via e-books. McFetridge continues, “For authors, I also see the potential for flash fiction to develop somewhat similarly to the music industry, where indie bands such as the Arctic Monkeys made their name through initially free downloads.”
Dave Page of British indie band Headspace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He also identifies the revolution in music as pointing the way forward. “I think there’s real potential in the curator aspect of flash fiction. The marketable skill isn’t so much the writing of the flash fiction, it’s in the collecting them together in some kind of linked way – the way a good music programmer can put together a few hours of songs from a lot of different musicians, maybe not even of the same style. The distribution possibilities on smartphones make the possibility of subscription sales seem likely.'”
How would you collect your fiction fragments? What theme would you choose, or connecting thread to link the pieces together? Do you tend to write within a specific genre, or have a recurring style?
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