Flash Fiction. Is short. Industry gate-keepers coalesce around 500 words. Beyond that, is motion blur. In China, long ago, it flourished as ‘the smoke long‘ story, done when your cigarette is. Of course, cigarettes were much shorter back then. There’s no need to ‘light up’ now, this will all be over in a flash.
Irish writer and author Jenni Doherty has scoured the globe, on a quest to discover and share flashes of brilliance from various genres and diverse cultural perspectives. She has succeeded.
“This is a wild, invigorating, exciting extravaganza of assorted literary works from all walks of life and corners of the world. Fresh, fast and fun, this collection proves we can communicate at anytime, any place and anywhere.”- Jenni Doherty
Get Me Outta Here (100 words)
‘The captain stood quietly at the helm, up there, surveying his passengers. Against the wind, his head bobbed loosely on his shoulders, as if attached to a coil of invisible springs, but the movement so slow my eyes needed time to adjust. As they did, I withheld myself panicking, for my first thought was, ‘oh God, the man is absolutely smashed from the bottle.’ Closer observation made me wiser. There’s obviously a terrible illness at work here, probably Alzheimer’s, which, however tragic, only enhanced my analysis, for the diagnosis was the same: the man was liable to lose his head.’
Alexander Prophet – Wonderful World Of Wonders; Guidehall Press.