Tag Archive | Angela Goff

Sixty Seconds with: A J Walker

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)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is A J Walker. Read his winning story here. Then take a minute to get to know him better!

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  Firstly, a pint of Hank and Trapper’s Hat! Image shrieked of fear and suspicion, but with the phone of normality.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Three years or so, but only seriously (i.e. often) over the last year.

3) What do you like about flash? Taking a fresh course each time to an unknown destination. The challenge of creating something tangible on a blank page.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I’ll just say 1) do it and 2) don’t worry about others liking it – as long you do. Enjoy it!

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Catherine Connolly, who is currently enjoying great Flash momentum. Catherine’s in my writing group too! 

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I love VisDare (hosted by Angela Goff), which always has great photo prompts. I used to do Trifecta (RIP). Occasionally do Mid-Week Blues Buster (hosted by Jeff Tsuruoka).

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? An occasional beer blog called Scrawling Home. Very occasional twee poems. And far too much Twittering. A possible novel… 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Fun fantasy stories with attempted realism. Or real stories with attempted fun and fantasy.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I have quite a neat idea for a time travel novel. Or maybe I’ve not had that yet.

10) How do you feel about dragons? There’s a nice one in my local pub who lives in their cellar and keeps their central heating nicely toasty.

Sixty Seconds with: Dr. Magoo

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)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Dr. Magoo.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? I had to mow my lawn and noticed the gasoline looked blue when filling the tank.

2) How long have you been writing flash? A little over a year. My story for the Once Upon A Time anthology was my first.

3) What do you like about flash? All you need is one really good idea – an image, a thought, a feeling – and there’s your story.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Write a lot, look for weekly contests, and talk to other writers. I’ve gotten a ton of support.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I probably would have written only a few pieces if not for the encouragement of Angela Goff.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Monday Mixer, Five Sentence Fiction, VisDare, Mid-week Blues Buster, Thursday Threads, and others that come up when I have time.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I write a lot for work (life as a professor), and just started trying to write longer-form fiction

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Probably a combination of fantasy and horror. You can create any reality and explore reactions to unusual situations.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. Just finished my first novel, The Time-Traveling Umbrella. You can find bits of it on my blog.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Very carefully. They don’t like being poked unnecessarily.