A mere provincial, I began flash fiction late in 2007: work appeared first @ Delicious Demon (archives now closed), then @ Language Is a Virus (archives now closed). 2010 and 2011: appeared @ Gone Lawn Journal/Gone Lawn Excavation Project and @ Metazen (archives seem closed as of December 2014) and as of December 2011 here @ Fictionaut. February 2012: @ Dead Mule. March 2015: @ The Miscreant.
Flannery O'Connor answered as well as any: "Because I'm good at it." Naturally, I don't write as well as Cousin Flannery, but that's her fault, not mine. While she mastered the short story to get the ordeal of writing over as promptly as possible, flash offers even more immediate relief. Continuous and persistent oscillation perhaps possibly maybe stands as my chief inspiration.
"Once a writer, always an editor."
"In life it's always something, in publishing it's always something else."
"Applied technology giveth and applied technology taketh away: blessed be the name of applied technology."
--Oh, and: "A 'strannikov' a day keeps anomalocaridids at bay." (This constitutes my enduring promise to my readers: if you read one tale or set of verse by strannikov each day, you need never fear being attacked, assailed, or assaulted by any anomalocaridid.)
Authors: Juvenal. Lucian. Dante. Villon. Machiavelli. Marlowe. Burton. Vico. Swift. Poe. Gogol. Dostoevsky. Maupassant. Jarry. Twain. Bierce. Saki. Shestov. Capek. Bulgakov. Kharms. Faulkner. O'Connor. Waugh. Simenon.
Books: in addition to those represented by the folks above, some recent reads and re-reads: Andre Breton, ed./Anthology of Black Humor; Edward Corbett and Robert Connors/Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student; Fyodor Dostoevsky/Winter Notes on Summer Impressions; Georges Simenon/Maigret and the Old Lady; Royall Tyler, ed. and tr./Japanese Tales.
Thank you, Edward, for your kind support of "Digging a Hole to the China Sea" and "Marcel Unchained".
Kind of you to see my silly piece as worth stealing. Grazi!
Добрый вечер, г-н Странный. Я недавно "здесь"... собираюсь читать и быть читаемый. Eamon Byrne - мой товарищ на этом сайте, великолепный писатель но все ждут, чтобы он читал.
Bonjour! Thanks for your comment on "Etienne's Voice". And thanks for the encouragement and for the friendly post on my wall.
you'll dig Calvino. Check out Jorge Luis Borges, too, if you haven't.
Just read "A Book to Read the Lights By". LOVE that. How droll and smart and utterly original.
Hey s, thank you for finding my rat tale and commenting on it. Much appreciated. Also saw a piece of yours at Metazen. Glad to see you around!
Hey! Glad to see you here. Going back to bed now with a throbbing jaw, but I'll come back later to read.