The swirling, fetid water rising up Peter’s waist was less disturbing than the absolute refusal of anyone else on the thirty-first floor to acknowledge it. Co-workers splashed past his cubical as three glittering dragonflies alit his monitor. Materialising behind Peter, his team-leader croaked out a cough.
Panicked, a dragonfly dived into his coffee.
“I’m still waiting for that report Peter,” the team-leader said, tongue darting out to lick his glasses clean. “You knew this promotion would involve hard work. Some difficult changes.”
The insect bobbed in the coffee once before drowning.
“Sink or swim Peter. Sink or swim.”
Welcome back to Friday Fictioneers, where writers and bloggers post 100 words of story prompted by a single photo. As always #FF is ably hosted by the gracious Rochelle of Addicted to Purple, and this week the photo is provided by Dale Rogerson (thanks!).
So, I’m still practicing my weird fiction – leave a comment if you like it, or if you hate it – I’m interested in all feedback!
Also remember to check everyone else’s posts here!
Friendly and Fraught Feedback on Friday Fictioneers…
Yes, I know…what can I say, I love alliteration!
Last week Rochelle asked for some comments on Friday Fictioneers, and I delayed my response until this week (officially to think carefully about my response, but honestly because I wanted to go to bed and sleep at the time I was posting). Anyway, Rochelle asked:
What do you like about Friday Fictioneers? How do you feel the discipline helps you as a writer? What are your pet peeves, ie what don’t you like?
Well most of my comments are exceptionally positive. I sincerely enjoy almost every aspect of this. I love coming back every week, I love coming up with some short story that is interesting (to me) and sharing it, and I love reading other people’s stories. I really love the fact that people read my stuff and comment on it. I love the community as a whole.
From a discipline perspective, I think that overall it’s a positive influence on my writing. Firstly, there is the simple existence of a deadline – it’s a thing that gets me back to the blog to write when nothing else will. When inspiration is low, when motivation is non-existent, I keep coming back to hit that deadline. I would have to check, but I don’t think I’ve missed one since my first post way back in September last year.
I also think the short 100 word form forces a writer to be superbly tight in their writing – it is a challenge every week to be both brief and engaging. I don’t get it spot on every week, but I think I’m getting better and better at it. It’s a beautiful environment for just trying different things.
That said I think that by constantly writing 100 word stories, I am ignoring the longer-form writing I used to enjoy. I’m not doing pieces of 500 words, or 1000 words, or 10,000 words – and I suspect it’s because I get plenty of warm affirmation from the fine folks here at #FF. This is not a criticism of FF, rather it’s identified a failing in myself – I need to keep up the 100 words every week, but I need to branch out too. Continue developing in different forms.
I’m sure I’d echo many of everyone else’s complaints. Serials don’t bother me overmuch but if a story doesn’t stand on its own I rarely bother to go back and read the previous version. Multiple prompt stories also don’t bother me UNLESS it appears forced (nothing is more jarring than squeezing three incongruent words into an unrelated photo prompt story) OR where the secondary prompt is highlighted in the story. Seriously: if random words are given a different Colour/bold/Italics it pulls me out of the story.
Anyway, that’s enough from me. Time to read some other posts while the kids are in bed!