Flash fiction is one of my favourite forms, partly because I have a short attention span but mostly because of the huge variety of ways in which its authors offer glimpses into what it means to be human. Melissa Davies' piece does exactly that, and it's our Bloc Feature this week.
ANNA: What do you love about tiny fiction that you might not get from other lengths?
MELISSA: It’s a little bit like walking past a stranger and overhearing a conversation; in that exact moment you are pulled into their life but then it’s over just as quickly. I love the idea that these snippets are their own story, fleeting moments of interaction.
ANNA: Where did your inspiration for this piece come from?
MELISSA: I had been working on the same project for a while and felt a bit stagnant. I needed something quick to work on for a while so asked my facebook friends to post pictures or sentences that I could use as prompts. Mostly it was ridiculous but actually I got a lot out of it, and it was really fun.
ANNA: As a writer, what's one thing you can't live without?
MELISSA: Eavesdropping. It’s one of my favourite things to do. I get so much from hearing people talk, funny phrases that they use or particular ways they pronounce things. I love watching people too, seeing their body language and how they interact with other people or themselves. I’m a massive creeper.
I Dance and I Play
They pay more when I take my shirt off. So then I took my pants off too. Now I wear a mawashi. Or, at least, as close to a mawashi as I can fold my fitted sheet. My hair has grown, my beard too. Both are now white. My belly is engorged by the cells that are consuming me. Consuming me from the inside out. They spur me on, these uninvited guests. Quietly, powerfully making me live my life in a way I never knew I would. I can't say I do what I do now, why this. Why I first picked up the wooden instrument and started to dance. Each day I stand on my pitch and I play. I dance and I play.
All this month we're featuring pieces from our Writers Bloc workshops. The quality of the stories coming from our members is staggering! Hop on over and check it out (and remember that if you contribute to the workshops, your story could be a Bloc Feature).
As always, please send through any recommendations you have for stories that should definitely be Bloc Features to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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