Monday, May 14, 2012

The Week Where I Make Stuff Up

I don't know if I ever told you guys, but I didn't celebrate Thanksgiving this past year.

As they did the past few years, my family went to Connecticut.  I, however, had to work at 5PM on Thanksgiving at my old job in Atlantic City.  Therefore, I stayed alone in the ghost town of Sea Isle City, with nothing but a bowl of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing from Wawa to warm my soul.


The salt from my tears made this Bowl of Sorrow taste better.

If that didn't make you feel bad for me, consider the fact that I also had to work the 6:30AM shift on New Years Day, so I wasn't able to go out for New Years Eve, or even stay awake to watch the ball drop for that matter.

I have since gotten a new, tremendously superior job, and am currently in the process of moving.  But I still feel the need to make up for the lost holidays that my former job stole from me.

But there simply aren't too many holidays out there.  Cinco de Mayo has come and gone.  The only real holiday coming up is Memorial Day, in which I will eat some barbecue.  And that's it until the Fourth of July, in which I will eat some more barbecue.

Hmm...

Well, Wednesday is National Flash Fiction Day in the U.K.

While I don't live in the U.K., I do happen to love flash fiction.  I once got a flash fiction piece published in a literary magazine*.

*Before you call me a show-off, consider the fact that this is the only thing I have ever seen published.

Old trusty Wikipedia defines flash fiction as "a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as three hundred words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction."

In short*, it is just really brief fiction.

*See what I did there?

It also happens to be one of the only ways that I am able to write fiction.  Unless something actually happens to me in real life, it is difficult for me to just come up with a scene out of the blue and have it go anywhere for more than a page or two.

So yea.

That's what I'll do.  This week, I will write one flash fiction piece per day and share it with you, my beloved readers.

I didn't celebrate New Years Eve or Thanksgiving, but I am going to take an entire week to celebrate a U.K. holiday that may or may not exist and that no more than 1,000 people even know about.

Makes sense, right?

Anyway, I hope you like the change of pace for this week.  And if you don't, take a much-needed vacation from me and come back next week.  By then I'll be back to my normal nonfiction tales about my oh-so-exciting life.


-Youngman Brown


15 comments:

  1. I get it about missing holidays. I clocked in about a decade as a flight attendant, and I spent many a "special" day stranded by weather delays or eating vending machine food in my generic hotel room. So, yes, the airlines "stole" a few holidays from me.

    What I stole back: free flights to Hawaii, layovers in Paris, meeting movie stars on flights to New York, trips to New Orleans, shopping in London, sightseeing in Costa Rica.

    Yeah, okay, United, you can have those four Thanksgivings.........

    xxo
    MOV
    ps-- what I am trying to say is: you need to sue that old job for a trip to Costa Rica!

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    1. I don't know if they could afford a trip to Costa Rica.

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  2. So excited about this week's posts from you! I love taking prompts and writing flash fiction pieces. I have a whole bunch ready to post over the next couple weeks. I'm excited to see what you come out with.

    PS...A Wawa Thanksgiving was seriously depressing to me! Much more so than the New Year's Day shit shift. I'm very sorry.

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    1. It's okay. As long as it doesn't happen every year.

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  3. I rather feel like I didn't celebrate Christmas this year between the recent loss of a dear friend and then a hellacious bout of food poisoning so I feel ya.

    Maybe it's my UK side, but I love flash fiction (you read my flash smut, yes?), and you kick fucking ass for doing this little holiday!

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    1. Boo. Not celebrating Christmas is the worst :(

      And yes, I have read your flash smut. Lovely stuff.

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  4. Looking forward to reading more flash fiction from you! Perhaps you could use that bowl of sorrow as a jumping off point. I know my breakfast began churning after staring at it too long. Gotta run.... Fast... urp

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    1. To be honest, it actually tasted quite good. Everything at Wawa does.

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  5. I can write 500 words about my recent trip to Safeway, but making up a story never goes well for me. Maybe flash fiction is my answer.

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  6. We've got the Queen's Jubilee weekend coming up in the UK - perhaps you could borrow that holiday. The 4th June is the extra Jubilee holiday for this year! Go on, take the day off and put on a crown!

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  7. Sounds like a fun change of pace. I don't think I could ever write something longer than a chapter, and that's being extremely optimistic.

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  8. I can't wait to see this side of your writing! Will you be posting the piece that you've had published? [Note: since I am behind on reading your blog, one of the posts you've posted since this one may be that piece. If that is the case, then I apologize for my dumb question.]

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