In Reference to Your Recent Communications by Tessa Brown

Just read this short fiction piece, and really enjoyed it. What I like about flash fiction is that it’s almost like a puzzle and messes with the reader’s perceptions. This piece is about a breakup and the narrator is responding to the voice-mails her (ex)boyfriend has left on her phone.
At first, the reader is against him, just sort of naturally siding with the narrator because she seems like the victim; and because what she says seems so rational and sane, though anyone who actually sat down and wrote to this degree of detail wouldn’t be sane. That’s the first give away, but, I for one, was willing to overlook that.
As the five to six page story develops, we realize things are not as they seem, and the soon to be ex-boyfriend is really the victim. More and more comes out about the narrator and our perception changes.
Overall, this was an incredibly funny piece of writing. Things are twisted and the boundary between believable and over-the-top is flirted with.

Getting Back Into Writing

Recently, I signed up for a fiction workshop on writing flash fiction. So far, it’s been interesting and getting me thinking about writing as well as writing often. Over the past few years this has been missing from my life as I pursued another masters degree (something that I can be gainfully employed with) and have been a little transient and caught up in life. In some ways, that all feels like an excuse.
You can always find an excuse not to write. The dishes need washing, you haven’t seen a friend in a while, you’re tired. Writing shouldn’t feel like a chore. Writing shouldn’t be something you worry about and feel guilt over. If writing is a part of your life, it needs to be embraced and followed. Do you feel guilty for breathing, for getting up each day, for eating meals?
While I wasn’t writing and living and breathing it, it did feel like something was missing. Something that defined me. So, here I am, back in a workshop and enjoying it. Perhaps I’ll share some of what comes out of that here.

Our first assignment was to write fondly about someone who is ugly in five-hundred words or less.

Beginning

So far I’ve had a few people interested, which is great. I’ve already uploaded one poem that I’m currently working on and look forward to have more work to share.

Experimentation

In both writing and working with new technologies, experimentation is a way to grow, learn, and innovate. This idea has come out of finishing writing programs as both an undergraduate and as a grad student and losing the community of writers with whom to share work.
After countless sessions emailing stories and poems to friends and receiving scattered replies, I thought it was time to try something new.
This blog will act as the public side for a site to share work privately with those whom are interested. I’m using Google Sites as the medium to share, critique, and collaborate with my friends and whomever else may be interested in participating. For now the network of writers will be by invitation and referral only. If you are interested, please contact me, and hopefully some great writing will come out of the process.