Readers love well written flash fiction. Writers love writing a good piece of flash fiction. Editors love publishing flash fiction. Why do all these people love flash fiction?…
It’s the Old Soldier with another edition of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. It may not officially be summer in Pittsburgh but it sure feels like summer. It’s another hot, sunny Sunday afternoon. I’ve just come from a nice walk to the Carnegie Public Library to exchange some film tapes and I took the long way through Schenley Park back to my apartment. Now for a little blogging.
Why is flash fiction so popular? How about these five reasons:
It takes up less space leaving editors more room for ads.
It requires a smaller investment of time to write.
It requires a smaller investment of time to read.
The payoff comes sooner.
It packs in more fun time and less downtime.
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The Flash Fiction Lifestyle (A Short Short Story)
Checked the page views of my blog. Walked to “Little Italy” in Bloomfield in Pittsburgh and bought a newspaper and had two beers at Del’s while watching the news on one of the HD TVs. More murder and more war. Bought supplies at the supermarket and walked back to the apartment. Tried to work on a flash fiction idea, writing in my three-ring notebook at my writing desk.
This woman comes home from work and finds her husband passed out drunk on the living room floor. She kicks off her shoes and sits on the sofa and looks out the picture window at the lawn that needs mowing and she smokes a cigarette.
The husband comes to.
“Jake,” she says. “I’m getting a divorce.”
“Leave me alone,” he says and goes back to sleep.
Thought for a moment. Then ripped the page out of the three-ring notebook and threw the page in the trash can beside my writing desk.
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