Sunday, August 03, 2008

Flash Review


I've been plugging Flash Fiction Online for a while now, so all y'all know to expect this.  It's the beginning of the month therefore Kami will jump behind the pulpit and shake her fist at all you sinners, especially the ones that don't read enough, and preach that you go forth and read some flash.  
This edition has a story that got under my skin.  I've enjoyed plenty of stories, including Jeff Soesbe's "Apologies All Around" and William Highsmith's "Copper Boss" and others I won't go on naming because everyone's going to have their own favorites.  But for whatever reason Elizabeth Creith's "Stone the Crows" spoke to me on a deep level.  I could analyze why, come up with a pretty quick answer, but that won't serve any purpose.  Instead I'd like to remind folks that if they don't read, they won't get a chance to connect with stories that will enrich their lives or confirm (or inform them about or change) their beliefs or bring them rare pleasure, the kind that makes you feel like you haven't smiled for a long time and suddenly you're lit up inside like a star.  I'd also like to remind writers, including myself, that communicating with the reader is ultimately what it's about, at least for me.  
If I was writing just for myself, I'd never try to publish a thing.  I'm not inclined to masturbate in public or heal myself through writing therapy, though it doesn't bother me if someone else wants to do that.  I'm trying to reach others by shaping my soul into words or into colors on paper and canvas.  Maybe someday I'll actually touch a wide audience.  That'll be an amazing day.

3 comments:

Things that puzzle this other goddess.... said...

[Instead I'd like to remind folks that if they don't read, they won't get a chance to connect with stories that will enrich their lives or confirm (or inform them about or change) their beliefs or bring them rare pleasure, the kind that makes you feel like you haven't smiled for a long time and suddenly you're lit up inside like a star.]

You forgot one of the major reasons I read fiction...to be entertained! In order to deeply think about things I normally pick up non-fiction. :)

Kami said...

You know, I wrote entertainment first and then when I edited the post (despite the persistent errors I do in fact try to edit these things before I post them) I got all fancified and changed entertainment to rare pleasure. That'll learn me for using a ten dollar sentence when a ten cent word will do!

Things that puzzle this other goddess.... said...

Yep, I'm definately a fan of the 10 cent word :)