Writing

In Answer to Kyle’s Questions

Please take a moment to visit Kyle’s Blog! To find the blog post I’m responding to, click here!

Those of us participating in the NaNoHop know, there are some really cool folks in the NaNoHop. I wish I had had such a wonderful idea or the time to implement it. Thank you, Kyle, for the shoutout! 🙂

Q1. What is the Liebster award and how did you get it?

The Liebster Award is a way to recognize blogs and give them exposure. If you’re nominated and accept, you thank the individual who nominated you, answer a few questions, and nominate some more blogs for exposure. I was nominated by the author Ken Stark, an author I have reviewed and interviewed and now consider a friend.

Q2. Could you tell us about your flash fiction you posted?

Practice and prompts. All of my posted stories are the result of practicing my writing skills, stretching those muscles. Each one challenged me in different ways. Not Even Elephants was the first. I had to keep cutting and cutting on that one to get it under 500 words. It took everything I had to share that first story. Pyre came next from an image prompt as you can see in the next question. It started much shorter, but after some positive feedback, I fleshed it out a bit more. I’m quite proud of that story. I just like Pyre as a character, and *blush* I’ve been asked by a few people to expand it. Always an honor when someone likes something you’ve written. Pandemic came from a challenge to write a story, starting every sentence with a different letter of the alphabet, A to Z. I’m not sure if I was supposed to do them in order, but I did. I had a lot of fun figuring out how to move along the story with such harsh constraints. The Old Woman and the Shoe – I wanted to practice and had too many ideas. My son told me I should retell a nursery rhyme, so I did. One day, I might even get the other one finished and on here.

Q3. Can you show us the picture you used as a prompt for Pyre?

I used to use Tumblr which is where I discovered the picture. I followed a writing prompts blog that posted it. It came across with no information/description, and I immediately had a story to fit it. After I wrote Pyre, I wanted to find the artist. After some searching, I found their Deviantart page. It’s called “Watch Out for the Aliens Dear” by Silppuri. Click the link for a peek.

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my writing. It was quite fun!

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