I must have had a busy week or maybe I’ve got the flash bug that Robert Vaughan talks about in his 2010 interview at Lake Effect: Flash Fiction Fridays, because all of the stories from Week Three, we’re very short.
So, in deference to the form, I’ll keep this post brief.
What I gleaned from Robert Vaughan’s interview about flash is this…
1.) Origins: turn of the century, Baudalaire
2.) Word Count: some say 1,000 words or less, some say 14o characters (micro-flash)
3.) “Glimpse into a world or a fraction of a story that is as finished as a story.”
4.) A growing category
5.) Every single word has weight.
6. ) “The piece has a line or a phrase that stands the piece on its head.”
7.) Connection to poetry, almost a cross-over
8.) “It’s of a moment. It comes through you.”
This week’s flash fiction featured “What Fills a Balloon” by Ross McMeekin who edits an on-line flash journal called Spartan, “Delta Thirty-Five” by Pam Houston, who can be seen reading from her “genre-bending” book Contents May Have Shifted* on Vimeo, “Winter” by Aimee Bender, “The Dauphin” by Marc Sheehan (winner of NPR’s Three-minute Fiction) and may be heard as a podcast, and coming in as the longest piece this week, at approximately 1,800 words was Amber Sparks, “Study for the New Fictional Science.”
And, of course you may hear half a dozen super short pieces by Robert Vaughan in the interview at Lake Effect.
My own thoughts on flash may be read here.
Thanks for peeking in.