In a Flash


I recently entered the Flash Fiction Contest over at Lascaux Flash. Lascaux provided a beautiful photograph (by photographer Catherine Vibert) for inspiration. Writers have to come up with a story in 250 words or less.

I looked at this photo and almost instantly had a complete story in my head.

It’s my first time writing Flash Fiction and I’d appreciate it if you could hop over to my entry, Revenge of the Sati Bride, and let me know what you think. And if you have time, scroll through some of the others. I loved my friend Lee’s submission, The Old Quilt, Dino Parenti’s Visitation Rights, Matthew Brennan’s Targeting, and Jessica Alden’s Flight. But really, I’m impressed with the high quality of all the entries.

Also, there’s plenty of time left for you to enter. So put your thinking caps on and sharpen your brevity skills!

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I recently discovered this blog about writing, and read this hilarious post on How to Chat Up a Writer. It’s a do’s and don’ts list of conversation topics. Here are a couple hilarious examples–

“A writer? Are you published?”
This is a punch to the gut to any writer not published, or not published much.  It’s a big, bold step for most of us to call ourselves a “writer.”  If we weren’t a “writer,” we would have called ourselves something else.  We’re writers, published or not.  And what we’re thinking is:  You’re a lawyer? Have you won any Supreme Court cases?
Try instead:  What do you write?
And another…
“How much money do you make?”
Hmmm…how much do you make?
Try NOT asking about money at all, which is exactly what I do when you tell me that you’re a K Street lawyer and I know you want me to know that you make a lot of money.
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I have wanted to go to The New Yorker Festival for at least a decade. One of these years, I’m going. Who’s going to come with me? I could just drool over the writers who are going to be there!
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