So this morning, when I checked my email, still pretty much stumbling around, tripping over dogs, and, though I'm terrified of needles, wishing someone could just give me an IV of coffee already, I was surprised and thrilled to discover that a flash fiction piece I wrote last week for Flash! Friday was up for critique on Flash Points.
I knew I was taking a risk when I submitted the prose poem "Never Enough," but once an idea starts, its hard to stop it and there was no stopping this piece, let me tell you.... Rebekah Postupak nailed it in this critique and so eloquently explained (probably much better than I could have) what's going on in the work. Her analysis floored me (and flattered me) with observations such as:
"And here’s where Steph’s structure work really shines, because she uses structure itself, the poetic refrain, to create and continue the story’s ."
"The reader is the conquered. Our capitulation is assumed. Now arrogance painted in garish, un-ignorable colors."
"This story is unique. It’s risky. It’s beautiful, haunting. It’s terrible and tragic, angry, thirsty, and desperate. This story is the sort that devours your soul and doesn't let you be."
Yeah, you see why this critique made my day? Definitely....
And as always, check out the weekly flash fiction happening every Friday at Flash!Friday. Read, comment and then maybe try your own. It's all about taking a risk....