Friday Flash – “Change of Plans”

It was not the way she had planned it.  She had imagined the darkened room, the first crimson splash of wine in the glass like blood flames.  The rehearsed words of love, apology.  A regretful smile as she patiently waited for him to finish the drink and lapse into the deepest, most irrevocable sleep of his tiresome life.

The evening ruined, she glanced first at the dwindling sun beyond the trees, then at a pleasingly sharp rock at her feet.

“Looks like we can’t make it back in time for that drink tonight.”

“That’s okay,” she replied.  “This will turn out better after all.”

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So what is flash fiction?  WritingHood says the following:

There are many definitions for flash fiction.  Most of the definitions have to do with word length.  The best definition for flash fiction may be, “flash fiction is a significant event with closure.”

That’s it.  Using this definition a writer can write a 100-word story or a 1,000-word story and feel comfortable that the story is flash fiction.  The difficult part is coming up with an idea to write about.  Using the above definition of flash fiction a writer can write about any subject.  The writer can write about love, relationships, family, friends, …men, women or money.  It doesn’t matter as long as the subject matter fits into “a significant event with closure.”

Here are 10 significant events.  You probably can think of lots more.  How the events turns out (closure) is up to the writer.

  1. The beginning of a relationship
  2. The end of a relationship
  3. A birth
  4. A death
  5. A marriage
  6. A divorce
  7. Leaving home for the first time
  8. First love
  9. First job
  10. Any realization

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Treasure Hunting in My Backyard

While writing a literature unit lesson for a YA book (Crystal Brave by BK Bradshaw – it’s fantastic!) I needed a bit more information than the usual website sources could give me.  The subject – Geocaching.

The only person I know personally that geocaches is 500 miles away, and I haven’t seen her for years.  I couldn’t burden a Twitter or Facebook stranger with the kind of stupid newbie questions I was bound to ask.  I like to do stupid all by myself, thank you, where no one can see, point, and take photographic evidence.

Finding a small "Cache & Dash" by the roadside

Long story short, the kids and I hopped into the car and set off to find a nearby cache.  After much checking of data and crashing through the underbrush, we located it (happy dance), and found the “treasure” of gumball machine toys, fishing lures, business name memorabilia, and the all-important log sheet.

I’d say we’re hooked on this geocaching thing, but I definitely have to get a handheld GPS (the car is not accurate enough), and trade in my crocs for hiking boots!  (And by the way…just between us, we’re calling this “field research”, not writer procrastination.)

The "Treasure"