Sixty Seconds with: Gordon B. White

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

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Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Gordon B. White.  Read his winning story here. Then take a minute to get to know him better!

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  Googling “Patron Saint of Anemics,” the closest match was Our Lady of Thorns – which sowed the seeds for plant imagery.

2) How long have you been writing flash? For years, but never in any structured manner. Before the last two years or so, it was literally all marginalia.

3) What do you like about flash? With too much space, I ramble. Instead, I find creative liberation through formal constraint: poetic forms, flash, handcuffs . . . . wait, what?

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Suggest a beginning, vividly describe the middle, point to possible ends.  Stories resonate when readers fill the gaps with themselves.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Our own Rebecca Allred. While off-the-cuff she sparkles, her polished work really shines.  Her diligence in revision inspires me..

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Race the Date and The Angry Hourglass. I also participated in (and won!) last year’s Cease, Cows! Hallow/Hallowed contest.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Anything you need!  Poetry and short fiction for pleasure; memos and reports for work; several unfilmed (and one “filmed”) screenplays.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I’m not scary enough for “horror,” but I like pulling apart the human condition with inhuman hands. Sooooo, “dark speculative”?

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Generational tensions between a young Russian dog-poisoner and old Norwegian seal-clubber clearing Fiji mermaids off the wharves outside The Union Hall. 

10) How do you feel about dragons?  Ever since I realized that my dog looks like Falcor The Luck Dragon, my estimation of them has further improved.

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