Sixty Seconds with: @dazmb

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 @dazmb.  Read his winning story on his winner’s page here, then take one compact but miraculous little minute to get to know him better below.

1) What about the Cry, the Beloved Country prompts inspired your winning piece? The photo was an incredibly powerful image, so I started from there and built words around the theme of reconciliation.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Not long.  I think I submitted my first piece to @Microbookends about three months ago.

3) What do you like about flash? The idea of communicating something large or universal out of a limited number of words.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Know what is essential to your story.  Eliminate anything superfluous.  Don’t underestimate readers’ ability to fill in blanks.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? The flashfic community is incredibly supportive.  Hopefully this gives everyone the confidence to follow their own paths.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I started @ThreeLineThursday, then @Microbookends before finding @FlashFridayFic.  I’m at capacity now!

7) What other forms do you write? Not much I’m afraid; the above contests take up all the available spare time I have.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Poetry – it’s best at winkling out the truth of things, for offering up differing perspectives.

9) Tell us about a WIP. Nothing right now; come back to me next Friday when the Flash! Friday prompt goes up!

10) How do you feel about dragons? Served rare with bearnaise sauce, triple fried chips and a bottle of Malbec? I daresay I’m amenably disposed.

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5 thoughts on “Sixty Seconds with: @dazmb

  1. A few things…

    1. Adored your story! The sincerity wrapped in beautiful simplicity was powerful.

    2. A thousand yes’s to answer no. 4 “Don’t underestimate readers’ ability to fill in blanks.”

    3. I just realized your picture is very Lemony Snicketesque. Intentional or not, this pleases me to no end.

    Congratulations, again!!

    • Thanks for your words Foy. Dragon Cap Nancy Chenier expresses it much better than I did – “the wisdom is in the silences” which I think is a stunning piece of advice.

      Glad you liked the pic – it’s not very often I look that smart. 🙂

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