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Sixty Seconds with: Beth Avery

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 Elisabeth Avery.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? The woman looked exactly like a muse.  Then I had to explain why the man would yell at his muse.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Decades, but we had different names for it. Stream-of-consciousness writing, or two minutes to write a speech from a prompt.

3) What do you like about flash? There’s time only to focus on one main idea and the most beautiful or clever language to express that idea.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Figure out what works for you. I write and revise in my head; then in print I only need to polish.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Eric Martell. He’s got a knack for getting a lot of layers in his pieces.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I don’t usually enter competitions; it muddles my focus. I write to share, not compete.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I write poetry and short stories. I’m also guilty of writing far too many rants.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I’ve always loved reimagining fairy tales. There’s something so rich about simple stories; readers instantly make a personal connection.

9) Tell us about a WIP. A series of stream-of-consciousness poems, “Maenad Songs,” dealing with major life changes and  destabilized identity from losing too much at once.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Dragons are cool, but I prefer dryads.

Flash! Friday # 20 — WINNERS!

What a way to celebrate the TWENTIETH round of Flash! Friday (where does the time go?? it was just born!). You all take my flames away (in a good way); it’s such a pleasure seeing familiar faces and new ones too each round.  Keep coming back, and keep commenting on each other’s stories; YOU are making this contest the vibrant and awesome thing it is. Thank you.

Remember to check back Monday to see which story will be highlighted at Flash Points, and join me Tuesday for Dragon Munchies and my own unbalanced fiction.

WEDDING NOTE: The deadline for the flash fiction bridal shower (#DFQWBS) for Fairy Queen Anna Meade  is Monday, Apr 22. Still time to add your wedding-themed tale! Details here.

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Judge Patricia McCommas says, This was a difficult decision, as all the stories were really good. I would give them all an honorable mention just for putting forth the effort to share their creative muse (comedic or not) with us! I loved all the different approaches, and I love LOVE judging. What a privilege reading the myriad creative stories from a single pic. Thank you, writers!

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Marissa Ames“Katherine.” Didn’t see the end of this story coming. Well done.
  • Marie McKay, “Daisy, Daisy… Daisy?” I really loved the originality of this story, especially once it was explained to me what photo bombing is <g>.
  • Clive Newnham, “Chevalier de Seinparis.” Very creative and original. Love the inclusion of French.
  • Aria Glazki, “Untold Trauma.” Great job incorporating the expressions in the photo. 

THIRD RUNNER UP

Curtis Perry“Poor Eugene.” Hilarious and well done.

SECOND RUNNER UP

The Imaginator“Quiddany.” This was really funny and creative, with the story matching the expressions in the photo perfectly.

FIRST RUNNER UP

H.L. Pauff, “Cold Feet.” Excellent and creative. I had to read this several time to catch all the nuances. It wasn’t until the third reading that I realized all her responses were related to what she was viewing. LOL. Very funny. 

And our Be Careful, Little Mouth, What You Say

 DRAGON WINNER IS….

BETH AVERY!

Excellent! Well written, creative and original. Love the twist at the end.

Congratulations, Beth! Here are your Winner’s Page, your eBadge (below), and your winning Tale. Please contact me asap with your email address  so I can interview you for Wednesday’s “Sixty Seconds” feature.

Don’t Fight the Muse

Ronald was furious. “Look at this crap that gets published. You’re supposed to be my muse! I know I’m capable of writing something better than this hack! What do you think you’re doing just sitting there staring blankly while I’m struggling to write. Start doing your job!”

Even after this impassioned plea, Ronald could not get a response out of Helen. She continued to act as if she could not even hear him. In the past she used to offer advice, suggest ideas for stories, or give him quotes that were supposed to inspire his creativity. Ronald rarely used her ideas and often blamed her for leading his writing astray, but at least in the past she had acted like his writing mattered to her. Now she treated him like an invisible spirit whenever he sought her help. Her behavior was completely unacceptable!

“Are you going to answer me? Look at this tripe! I am definitely a more accomplished writer than this fool. Why is C.J. Whittaker getting published when I’m not? Are you deliberately sabotaging me?” Ronald continued to rant until his throat was sore, but Helen never even blinked. After an hour of yelling, he stormed out of the house and spent the rest of the evening at a nearby tavern.

Helen sat silently for several minutes after he’d gone, then she calmly went into the library and sat down at the typewriter. She had a new idea for a story, and she knew her editor was anxiously waiting for another piece from C.J. Whittaker. As she began typing, she wondered vaguely if it had really been necessary to choose a pseudonym so different from her own name. After all, Ronald apparently wasn’t smart enough to realize when he was reading a description of himself.

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