I’m delighted (I use that word a lot don’t I, but I am) to bring you the first piece of flash fiction in what I’m hoping will be a long-running (for as long as you provide me with your stories) weekly series.
So, without further ado (do I hear a cheer at the back?) tonight’s story is a 325-word piece entitled ‘Green’ brought to us by my regular guest San Francisco-based JD Mader…
And the inspiration behind this piece: I teach writing workshops. We do all kinds of writing prompts and write for five minutes or so. I always write with the students, and then we share what we wrote. Pretty standard stuff. The prompt for this piece was, get ready for it, “Green”. We all wrote about the color green. A lot of times I use my portion of the writing time to try and show how you can subvert conventions and make any idea your own. Green conjures peaceful images for me, so I tried to go as far away from that as possible. Or to combine the tranquility of green with a backdrop of terror. The piece came out pretty well. I wish I could say that it happened like that every time. Green is a very short piece. My stories are usually longer, but the impact of the stark contrast is so immediate that I think it works. I never contemplated expanding this piece. I think it would detract from the overall effect.
I think so too… thank you JD. ‘Green’ was the subject of my first ‘red pen’ session podcast episode and was released on Monday 8th August – you can read the summary and get the podcast links here. JD Mader is a teacher and writer / musician based in San Francisco. He has been fortunate enough to encounter many giving and inspiring people in his life. He hopes to repay the debt. And to make enough money with his writing to buy a house. His website is http://www.jdmader.com where you can read more of JD’s writing and if you’d like more (and why wouldn’t you?) his novel Joe Café is available here.
If you’d like to submit your 1,000-word max. stories for consideration for Flash Fiction Friday take a look here.