Monday, May 4, 2015

So, What's the Fuss about Ed and Edna?

Ed and Edna are central characters in my new flash fiction series The Adventures of Ed and Edna. I didnt start out with a plan to create them. They just butted in on one of my stories, and never left.

Ed and Edna are just regular folks who happen to be getting up there in age. Theyre not climbing the social ladder or jockeying for position in the corporate jungle. Theyre just doing their thing in a changing world. They face new technologies and evolving social norms, sometimes trying to adapt and sometimes shaking their heads in bewilderment. On occasion Ed is a little off, and Edna brings him back to reality. Other times Edna is the one who needs to be reeled in. But theyre always there for each other.

Their grandchildren appear in some stories, providing a contrasting perspective on life and issues of the day. At different times and in different situations, Ed and/or Edna can be brilliant, naïve, stubborn, contentious, tender, or just plain stupid. As Ed might say, It is what it is.

I sense that folks have taken a liking to Ed and Edna.

So have I.

Youre invited to join me for The Adventures of Ed and Edna

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Path to THE 100 WORD DASH

Its funny sometimes where things take you.

I started to dabble in something called flash fiction about two years ago. I was recently retired and looking for ways to expand my interest in creative writing, but didnt want to create a whole new job or career. I was just looking for meaningful ways to express myselflike many writers, I suppose.

I began experimenting with 100-word stories. Almost all of them related to things I observed about college and sports during my career as a professor. I posted these short masterpieces on my Facebook Page every now and then, and was perfectly content.

Shortly thereafter, Flash Fiction Magazine graciously offered me a page on their site. I felt I needed to write more frequently to justify their hospitality, so I did (and still do). Every three days or so, I post a new story there. My focus initially remained on college and sports. After all, thats what I knew.

Months later I stumbled across a very welcoming and talented group of writers and bloggers participating in the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge. The leader, +Charli Mills, offers a thoughtful writing prompt each week and invites all writers to join. As you might expect, the prompts are all over the place. This expanded my horizons and challenged me to be more creative. I began writing more about life in general, sometimes even giving a voice to inanimate objects.

The management professor in me required some organization of these emerging stories. I decided to write more and maintain them as files in a Scrivener project as though they were chapters in a book. Now they aresort of.

THE 100 WORD DASH is a simple collection of one hundred 100-word stories resulting from the activities described above. (Also included is a bonus short story that has special meaning to me.) 

Theres plenty about college and sports in the collection, but also a heavy dose of stories about life as well. 

The way I got here is a story about life too.