It's no secret that I love flash fiction. I mean, it might be a bit of a secret if we've never spoken and you've never visited Bloc Features and you've never read any flash fiction. Still, now that I've informed you, the secret is out. I love that flash fiction can hint at things. I love that flash fiction can be fully formed even if it's barely formed. I love that it can seem both deliberate and created on a whim. I love that in longer fiction, you can find passages of flash fiction.
You'll be surprised, then, to know that I've chosen a flash fiction piece from our workshops for this week's Bloc Features. I loved that in The Lady on Holiday, Hannah Jenkins drew a complete character in so few words. I asked her some questions about said words.
ANNA: What is it about flash fiction that allows you to do things other forms do not?
HANNAH: Flash fiction allows you to really get the core of an idea and flesh out/ play on the emotion in it.
ANNA: Tell me about your inspiration for the mother in this piece?
HANNAH: She is reflective of how an older generation are dealing with mature age and mental illness in a very contemporary world.
ANNA: What is one thing you, as a writer, can't live without?
HANNAH: Kind words with strangers.
The Lady on Holiday
I would say she was in her third age, hooked and slung by an offspring’s well-intended observations. “It’s time you got away Mum. Live, enjoy yourself. You’ll return a new woman!” With the prospect of ultimate reform plugged firmly in mind she caught that plane to that pretty place and waited for quality of life to fall back at her feet.
I didn't think her overly intellectual. She was a woman of past monotonous duties. A typic. Her rites of passage all predictable along with the development of thought that went with them—Motherhood the most profound. I watched her for some time in that smokers lounge at that nice hotel. Alone, she perhaps pondered why the initial excitement of a seemingly revelatory idea was now dissipating with the exhale of her cigarette.
Hannah is an Arts student who is newly exploring the compelling capabilities of flash fiction. Living in Melbourne's North she finds that people and conversation are always what inspire her to write. She would one day love to publish a book that made her reader cry.
All month we are featuring stunning pieces from the Writers Bloc workshops. Honestly, it's almost criminal just how good the work being shared there is. You can check it out at http://thewritersbloc.net/read, where you'll be able to add your own stories (and maybe see them featured in Bloc Features), read other stories, and add your own reviews and critiques.
If you would like to recommend a piece for Writers Bloc (from our workshops or from another journal), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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