Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Oh, Nurse?.........

I've been hearing for a couple of weeks that some folks are having a hard time distinguishing my fiction from my anecdotes. I'm not sure what this says about either my writing skills or my life….

But I think that it might say that apparently I live a much more exciting life than I had heretofore realized.

[YES!.....I've always wanted to use heretofore in a sentence]

When I started with the Friday flash group, I posted all of my fiction in italics, but I got feedback that it was too hard to read that way, so I went back to posting fiction the same way that I publish my daily posts.

And now I feel awful that I did because yesterday a much loved friend read Lament without realizing that it was fiction. And she was gut punched by it. I felt bad enough gut punching the readers over the weekend who had been warned via twitter and word of mouth that it was a desperately sad story, let alone gobsmacking an innocent friend…..

So I've gone through and marked all of my flash with the words "flash fiction."

But just so you know……I didn't mark Famous last words……a zombie western as fiction…..for two reasons……. [1] the title takes up the whole line, and [2] if there's anyone out there who can't tell that a zombie western is fiction I think that it may be time to ask the nurse to dial down the morphine drip.

14 comments:

Marisa Birns said...

You should add a disclaimer on the top of your stories like that actor on TV.

Something like:

I'm not fiction but I play one on this blog.

Zombie western was NOT real? (!)

Don't know if I love it as much anymore *sulks*

Jared said...

Blur the lines between fiction and reality. It's cool.

Sulci Collective said...

all life is lived as a fiction and all fiction draws on life

marc nash

Alan W. Davidson said...

Thanks for the clarity...

Karen from Mentor said...

Alan,
I also offer illumination and validate parking....

Karen from Mentor said...

Wow Marc you said a mouthful.

and that would explain the ostriches on unicycles in my living room right now.

Karen from Mentor said...

Thanks for the a-ok Jared....will do....Oh and I popped over to your place and read "The Funeral" Holy cow! Great flash.

Thanks for stopping in.

Karen :0)

Karen from Mentor said...

[sotto voice to Marisa]

Zombie western was real....I just didn't want to scare anybody......

bsain said...

Thank you! I typically need very straight forward rules!

Laura Eno said...

I am glad that you already confessed to Marisa before I got here because I would have had to expose the bad news...
Jezebel was really excited about the ostriches on unicycles in your living room...I don't think it was about the bikes either. Better hide the birds before she gets there.

Michelle said...

what? Zombies aren't real? Fiction - that's my life - made up more fun - real .. now what's that about...

Karen from Mentor said...

I like real and made up. It's fun to dress up in my [edited] outfit and [edited] innocent bystanders......

Karen from Mentor said...

Oh wow Laura, I didn't think Jezebel could swallow a whole ostrich....but now my mind is spending time just kinda veering to and fro from the question..... just exactly how far can Jezebel unhinge her jaw?

Ewwwwwwwww...........

Karen from Mentor said...

Oh and Becky you are most welcome for the straight forward rules. So sorry to have blurred the lines between fact and fiction for you before.

:0)