Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: "YOU CAN"T LEAD A MAYBE LIFE"


11 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Thanks, Patti - sounds like a solid theme for a story.

Charles Gramlich said...

Does sound kind of tough actually. I doubt I'll have a chance to take part but thanks for the heads up.

John said...

Thanks, Patti! I was fascinated with this idea while doing the play. Got me thinking about a lot in my own life about indecision and being noncommittal. Think about how as a kid you were exasperated with your parents when you asked for something and they said, "Maybe" or "We'll see." The idea of "maybe" is particularly frustrating for children. That ought to help with plot ideas.

Todd Mason said...

I was going to say...it's actually quite easy to live a May Be life.

I'll probably take a stab at it, perhaps.

Richard said...

Patti, a favor, please. Could you return to putting special things like fiction challenges and single-author FFB dates on the top of the left column again? If I'd seen it, I would have done a McBain last week!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I took them down, not intending to do any more when the Shirley Jackson one was poorly embraced. I didn't intend to do Ed McBain until I got a few reviews and then had to throw something up.
And as for the challenge,I am thinking that is not going to be a go either. Perhaps there are enough places for people to place these stories.

Richard said...

I really like the single author FFBs.

I think the Jackson was not embraced because of the type of thing she wrote, and the limited number of novels. McBain would have been a different thing, with so much.

You might consider a topical approach, too. Something like 1950s hard boiled P.I., or 1960s British police procedural, or "famous name" stand alone mystery, that sort of thing.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Why don't you do one, Rick? I will gladly participate.

Loren Eaton said...

I'm in, Patti.

Richard said...

Because I don't have anywhere near your readership.

Kelly Robinson said...

Aw, I'm sorry to see this is cancelled. The last time you did a flash challenge, I didn't finish in time, but I did ultimately finish the piece. As a newcomer to fiction writing, I appreciated the inspiration.

I would love to see you continue the themed days for FBF. Freelancing keeps me from participating as much as I want to, but I give special attention to the themed days. They've been a real education to me, and I read every entry, even when I can't write in time.

It KILLS me that I missed the Shirley Jackson one, as I advocated strongly for it, and even read something new (and quite special). I was up to my neck in deadlines.

It's your call, of course, and I can understand that it must be hard to host something like this and have a low turnout. Just know that the work you put in is appreciated very much, even by those of us who drag our feet on participation.