In other flash fiction news, I have finally knocked a hole through that wall of writer's block I've been struggling with since February (hence the drought here on the blog) and have written five new flash fictions in the past week, which is phenomenal progress after such a long dry spell. I have actually started to compile my first ever themed collection of flash fiction and hope to have a chapbook in a few months as a result. I am finding the theme to be a great solution for shaping problematic stories that I've written over the last year, but have resisted revising. It gives me a frame to work within, and it is like getting permission to change the story from my original intent. Not that I couldn't have done anything I wanted with them prior to starting in on this collection, but I think sometimes revision is hard for me because I may have an idea or a vision when I first write a story and then when that story falls short of my intent, I feel like I can't change its purpose (I am a stubborn creature, just ask my mother), but I know it will never be what I wanted it to be in the first place. So it gets filed away in my To Be Revised File and just gets really dusty. Going back and re-reading it, but still not knowing what to do with it, always makes me a little sad. Like seeing a dog or a cat at the animal shelter and I know their odds of getting a forever home are slim, but that doesn't make them less lovable, nor does it alter the fact that I am in no position to give them a forever home. Yes, it is THAT heartbreaking for me. Or I am being overdramatic. One or the other. Either way, I am writing and revising again, and it feels good to be back.
How have you guys been? What exciting news do you have to share? How's the writing going?