Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Fabulous Flash Award

Jon Strother, the founding father of the fridayflash community, came up with an idea for writers to shine a spotlight on other writers that they can't live without. Writers that week after week you can't wait to read, writers whose words light up the synapses in your brain when you see that they've posted new work and you say oh boy……

Shannon Esposito's work is like that for me. I had the privilege of editing Her Migration, the piece Shannon submitted to the upcoming FridayFlash Anthology and the whole time I worked on it I felt like a surgeon fiddling with perfection… repeating in my head the mantra do no harm. Her work is glorious, pulls you in, fills you up, gives you a cup of tea and a cookie, or gut punches you in such an unexpected way that it still leaves you feeling somehow stronger at the finish.

So for Shannon to bestow the Fabulous Flash Award on me was such a gleeful surprise that I immediately printed out what she said about my work….

"Karen's flash is saturated with humor and sharp wit. And she does it every single week. I am in awe of her power. Do you remember pop-rocks? That's your brain on her flash. Crackle, sizzle, POP! Just brilliant stuff. Go read her now!"

….so I could look at it a bunch of times today. Shannon is a brilliant writer and a wonderful friend and I am humbled that she thought of me when she made her "must" list of fabulous flashers.

I made my own list last night and had it narrowed down to sixteen favorites. Then I worked to whittle it down further and further until I had four. Technically since John Wiswell, who is one of the funniest human beings on the planet, a great writer, and so much fun to interact with, ALSO bestowed the Fabulous Flash Award on me this morning [blowing me away because he said I was wacky and out there....high praise indeed coming from John] I could probably get away with listing eight of my favorite flashers and stay within the guidelines, but I'm going to let other folks have some fun and give you only my top four. Jon Strother asked us not to make the Fabulous Flash Award a popularity contest, and I understand that reasoning because if it was, every single one of us would bestow the award on the lovely and very talented Laura Eno. Laura is such an amazing person and such a staunch supporter of the fridayflash community at large that no list of Fabulous Flashers would be complete without her. I'm delighted that John Wiswell bestowed the award on myself and Laura in the same posting. But Laura? I'm pretty sure that he did say I was funnier.


So without further meandering, I would like to bestow the Fabulous Flash Award on the following four amazing writers:



RachelBlackbirdsong is someone I run to see- I'm so glad that she's back with us and producing again. Her use of language is gloriously artistic without being pretentious. She writes so unlike my own style that I love to go to her site just to immerse myself in voices that I would never hear in my own head. Her work pulls you in, then under, strips you naked, leaves you breathless, and not minding a bit that you just took a hell of an emotional pummeling.



Michael Solender is an enigma. He can be stark and shocking, sweeping and romantic, does male and female viewpoint equally well. His wit is sharp, but his heart is huge. Michael never ceases to amaze me with his flexibility. He is a writer in every sense of the word; a scribe who takes words from his head and puts just the ones needed onto the paper.



Laurita Miller stabs at my heart and tickles my funny bone in equal measures. She has a depth to her writing that goes beyond calling her a writer. She is a weaver of stories, an inventor of dreams, a wholesale purveyor of ideas so wonderful that you feel like she's handed you a goblet and said "drink" and when you do, you're transported into the tiny worlds she creates in her head and has the talent to transcribe to paper. Laurita is someone who was born to write. And it's a privilege to read both her prose and her poetry.

Marisa Birns is a delightful smorgasbord of writing styles. It's not that she can't decide, it's that she's so flexible that she can tell you a funny story that's horrifying, or tell you a horrifying story that's funny, or tell you a story that is gentle and lilting right up to the moment when she goes in for the kill and rips your heart right out of your chest. She is a master of pacing. And she can wear any hat her muse hands her with panache.

I hope you take a minute to click on the names of the above flashers to read a piece I selected to delight and amaze you. I will be linking to the first few Fabulous Flash Award postings as they come down the pipeline. You can follow the trail of breadcrumbs after that. I can't wait to see some of the upcoming choices. Being in the fridayflash community has been such an amazing experience for me. It made me stretch my wings and try things that I don't think that I would have tried if I wasn't part of this welcoming group.

Thanks guys. You all add so much to my life.






Jon Strother's Fabulous Flash choices

Shannon Esposito's Fabulous Flash choices

John Wiswell's Fabulous Flash Choices

Peggy McFarland's Fabulous Flash Choices

Mazzz's Fabulous Flash Choices

Laurita Miller's Fabulous Flash Choices

34 comments:

Michael Solender said...

Oh Karen now my head is swelling and just when I could fit it thru the door! You are a sweetie, thanks for reading!

Rachel said...

So when you told me yesterday to make sure I read your fabulous flash today, I thought you meant you'd written such a great flash that it was the most fabulous one you'd ever written and couldn't wait until Friday to post it. Now I see :)

Laura Eno said...

I think I have something in my eye as well...

Congrats on your award and to your choices! Yes, you are quite funny and wacky, but now you've thrown down a glove that Mr. Fluffy has seen. Caramels might work for Jezebel, but not for him...

Signed,

Empress of the Dark Universe and Holder of ****ing Stars

Karen from Mentor said...

Well if your hamster hadn't chosen that EXACT moment in the conversation to be extraordinarily cute and distract you, you would have heard the whole story yesterday.

But this way is funnier.

PS: I think Wanda Warmheart was my most fabulous flash to date. The only way it could have been more fabulous is if I had made the text pink and added sequins. Or a boa

Laurita said...

Oh, Wow, Karen. I could feel my head getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger as I read this. But you made my morning. :) Thanks and hugs.

Karen from Mentor said...

You both snuck in while I was answering Rachel.
Funny how that happens sometimes. Everybody rushes through the door all at once. It must be because you smelled the bacon cooking....

Laurita I love your work. You have such a remarkable way with words. I'm so pleased that I made your morning.

Big hugs!
:0)

Karen from Mentor said...

*trembles at the idea of Mr. Fluffy coming for me*

I'm sure you wouldn't let him do anything permanent to me though Laura...who would play with you then Oh Empress of the Dark Universe? Vader? Ha! You think Vader would take time out of his busy day to make time for you? HaHa! Vader is just a self centered two bit ha......

........ackkkkkackkkkackkkkkUrgh...arghhhhh

Karen from Mentor said...

@ Michael.... I still have some of the butter I was using to get through doorways yesterday after Shannon bestowed the award on me...I'll be happy to share.

:0)

Marisa Birns said...

Wow, oh wow! To wake up on this hot humid morning and get refreshed by this very cool award is the best. Um, and this coffee I'm having right now is pretty good, too.

Thank you, Karen, for this honor. I absolutely love the "smorgasbord of writing styles" you used to explain my writing. That's how I like to dine, too! A little of this, a little of that...woah, a whole lot of... ahem.

Congratulations on getting the award - twice! You deserve all the accolades because your writing does sizzle, crack, and pop. And we get to enjoy it all!

Karen from Mentor said...

*smooches Marisa*

Thank you my lovely.

I'm tickled pink that you sound so delighted. You are a wonderfully skilled scribe. It's a pleasure to peek inside your head.

Karen from Mentor said...

Blogger had an issue. Reproducing Jon's comment here:

JM Strother said....

Great choices, Karen. And that's a nice touch, adding the list of the other FFAs down at the bottom. There is a tremendous amount of wonderful flash out there, and a huge pool of talent producing it. So so hard to only choose four.
~jon

pegjet said...

Whew! You picked some of the ones I struggled to include.

Karen, you rock. You are not only funny, but you are eloquent. And generous, thanks for the link to my choices. Someday, I'll be web-savvy enough to do this all. Right now, it took me almost all morning to get mine posted!

J. M. Strother said...

Doh! Not my morning. Of course I should have also said, Congratulations! You really are a fabulous flasher. Your humor is something I truly look forward too.

Thanks.
~jon

Laura Eno said...

I rather liked Jon's first comment...

*skips off with a smirk on her face*

Karen from Mentor said...

OH MY GOSH I did too Laura....I HOWLED with laughter. But edited it as requested.
[he's a dignified man after all]

I tweeted at him that today was the first time I ever wished my life had a blooper reel.

[Jon is such a delight]

Rachel Blackbirdsong said...

Wow, you made me cry, thank you so much! You gave me a lot to live up to there.

Taino ti (blessings to you in my language)

Karen from Mentor said...

Rachel your work is vivid, enthralling and a delight for the senses.

Thank you for the blessings. Blessings are always welcome in Karenland.

*happy sigh*

Karen from Mentor said...

Peggy, when I saw John Wiswell's list my first thought was hey...those were mine.... laughing...so I think it's cool that each one of us can pass it on down the line. I so loved being in a list with you, gracie and laura. Such stellar company. John has great taste.

You're welcome for the link to your post.

A word of advice?
Vacuum your computer's keyboard with a soft brush once a week. They like that...it keeps them from getting cantankerous and making it hard to get blog postings to work....
[or so I've been told]

Thank you for saying I was eloquent. Sometimes I just have to open up my heart and spew.

:0)

KjM said...

Excellent, excellent choices Karen. And thank you for the links to the other set of fabulous flashers (hmmm...perhaps not my finest turn of phrase).

Your nominees are a joy to read - as are you.

Karen from Mentor said...

Thank you so much Kevin. I love having you in my comment thread. You brighten my day no end.

And not to worry. I have trenchcoats hanging by the entrance to Miscellaneous Yammering, so all the niceties were observed by the flashers ....

Well, except for Laura of course. Her trenchcoat is transparent...but she can really pull that look off.... so who am I to judge?

Alan W. Davidson said...

Some very worthy picks, Karen. Those folks are among the top of my favourite #fridayflash list.

John Wiswell said...

You certainly gushed! And shared the award with fine writers. Thank you for the kind words about me, Karen. I'm fond of your humor as well. Do I really make you laugh that often?

Karen from Mentor said...

You make me laugh all the time John. But I never point. That would be rude.

Big Squishy hugs!

Karen from Mentor said...

I love the inner workings of the minds of these folks Alan.
Not surprised that you do as well.
:0)

Laura Eno said...

Can I add my link to your breadcrumbs?

http://lauraeno.blogspot.com/2010/07/fabulous-flash.html

Karen from Mentor said...

Oh that's a great idea Laura. Thank you for thinking of that.

And they're seasoned with lemon zest...yum!

Cat Connor said...

Oh my so much to read... but in the middle of writing new book... I don't need to sleep, I'll just follow links all night reading and who stole the caffeine from my coffee???

Mari said...

Many congrats Karen! Fantastic pics too and great comments on each one.

I agree with Jon, nice touch to link up other people's choice. It makes a superb reading list.

Oh! This gives me an idea. There could be a list of writers who were awarded with the Fabulous Flash Fiction Award! Although it'd add more work to Jon, so I'm not so sure it's a good idea... Just thinking out loud, heh.

Mari said...

Hmm, I'm rereading your post and it seems that the list doesn't go to well with Jon's concern about transforming the award in a popularity contest. So, please forget about my suggestion. *ducks*

Karen from Mentor said...

Well, you commented early in the morning Mari, it sometimes takes that second cup of coffee to be fully fully awake. We won't throw anything.

*takes water balloon from Laura*
:0)

Karen from Mentor said...

Note: Not that Laura would care about the comment...she just likes throwing water balloons.

Laura Eno said...

I'm wearing a transparent trenchcoat while throwing water balloons here... Why can't I have this much fun elsewhere?

*wanders off to think of retaliatory situations to get Karen into*

Karen from Mentor said...

Truce! Truce!

*does NOT want Laura writing me into situations...*sweat beads on brow*.... I have freckles for heavens sake!*

Karen from Mentor said...

Cat..I missed you in there luv.

Here. Hold out your cup...I made it extra strong just for you.
Now go write some more. We're waiting impatiently for books three, four and five.

*hugs!*