Francine Prose's short fictional piece, "Pumpkins," was about a therapist who was having an epiphany, with how this sudden incident that has happened in town, affects him so greatly. The short piece also played with the significance of the pumpkin in an interesting way. One thing that I noticed in my first read of Prose’s short piece was that it has a very serious and heavy tone. For example, just within the first two lines, “There was a terrible accident. A truck full of Halloween pumpkins is speeding…”. As well as the beginning sentence of paragraph two. The second thing that I had noticed in Prose’s piece was that the story was being told through the therapist perspective. Although it took me several reads to catch this, each time I read
Mac Hammond is able to use colorful words, such as butcher knife, throughout “Halloween” that brings the reader closer to the poem. Halloween is a nostalgic holiday for most people and there are specific words that will trigger those memories. Hammond exclaims, “The butcher knife goes in, first, at the top / And carves out the round stemmed lid” (1-2). There are numerous words used just in these two lines that can connect us with the poem. No one can talk about Halloween or pumpkins without the word carved involved. Whenever one starts to carve a pumpkin, they have to carve out that circle at the top so the center can be accessed. Hammond does a great job of painting that picture by using the words such as “carves”,
However on Reflex Fiction 'Flash Fiction' is described in multiple ways by multiple people to show how diverse it is. I think their description was the most helpful in my desperate flitting through the ever confusing land of the internet. So now I have a better idea as to what 'Flash Fiction' is, how on earth do I write it? Flash Fiction Online have provided 13 extremely helpful tips and tricks to condense your writing, I will be implementing these within my own
What makes a flash fiction different from a traditional short story? “‘ Flash Fiction is defined as a fiction that contains all the classic story elements we’d expect- protagonists, conflicts, obstacles or complications, and their resolution.”’(web) For example, Margaret Atwood’s flash story “Happy Endings” has several plots and several different settings with different obstacles, and complications. Whereas “A traditional short story is shorter than a novel, with a few characters and plot settings.” (web) As to the flash fiction story “Happy Endings”, “Pillow Talk” is more of a traditional short story with several different characters and several different settings. This essay will compare the similarities in “Happy Endings” and “Pillow Talk”,
Making shapely fiction by Jerome stern actually taught me a lot more about writing than I anticipated. Before I read the chapters I needed to read I had already written my flash fiction. After I finished all my pages I quickly went back to my flash fiction and change everything that I saw that I did wrong, since I just learned it in the book. For example, in my flash fiction I had my character express thinking and her thoughts. Before reading this book, I was unaware that one didn’t have to put it in quotation marks when expressing a thought. Therefore, I quickly went and changed it.
Halloweentown is a fantasy land overflowing with ghosts, vampires, and witches. Jack is the leader of this town and is known as the “Pumpkin King”. Jack realizes he has grown tired of the same routine, and is faced with an identity crisis.
The flash fiction selection I chose for my performance is the story Mythologies written by R. L. Futrell. I chose this story initially because of the title, having an interest in most cultures ' mythologies and stories I started to read the story. However, upon reading the story I was drawn in by the world surrounding the text. A single paragraph of context is all that is given about why the story is being told. The rest is dedicated to a boring drive to West Virginia and the trivialities of the expedition and the sights, smells, and sounds of the world around them. The apparent lack of a central message is what really drew me towards the story.
cheating wife, who is murdered by her husband, then hid in a pumpkin shell, because
Back at home one of my family’s favorite fall traditions is carving pumpkins. I still remember the first time I got to help with carving.
Short-stories have made a name for itself through the various accomplished publications by initiating emotions, imagination and love between the characters and the reader. As Harold Goddard in The Meaning of Shakespeare stated “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.”
The loud buzz of the intercom whines throughout the school, announcing the event of the day, at least in our eyes. “... like math? Don’t forget to attend the Fall Outreach at Lupine Hills Elementary School!” and the silent apprehension of the day is met with cheers from the “nerds” in the classroom. We call out one of the perks of volunteering in outreaches: “C’mon guys, you get community service hours!” Flash-forward to later in the evening. We begin with “spookifying” the room, placing pumpkins that were carved with an array of faces, from the kawaii to the frightening. The elementary school principal loves it. The students eyes are caught in the heat of a dollar bill that seems to be burning, but is left untouched by the flames. A pair to the left have their hands sticky with the scientific phenomenon of “oobleck”, smashing cornstarch and cleaning fluid into heavy balls and then letting it drip like honey through their fingers. Across the room are children covering their ears and giggling at the squeaky noises dry ice makes when in contact with metal. Even more are ogling at the cookies and cream ice cream made from the dry ice, the show stopper of the
Dozens of elements go into crafting quality fiction. There is plot, setting, character, conflict, symbol, and the list goes on. But perhaps the two most significant elements are character and setting. Through setting, writers describe the world they know. The sights, sounds and surroundings are vividly painted in words as an artist paints landscape images on a canvas. And through characterization, writers create memorable characters that come alive on the pages. Their experiences and hardships are felt and readers get a glimpse into the complexities of human relationships. Standing at the centre of Miller 's collection of linked short
Before I began the fiction unit for this creative writing class, I did not think I would have an easy time constructing flash fiction or short story pieces. Previously, I never had the opportunity to write creative pieces for any of my English classes; therefore, the prospect of writing a full piece with a beginning, middle, and end frightened me a little. However, I believe the work I presented in this unit truly reflects my growth in understanding how to place words together to create thought-provoking themes about human relationships, trends that correspond to the themes, and writing processes that utilize writing techniques. I think my growth occurred because of my interest in writing about human relationships and experiences within flash fiction and short story pieces.
Once again, with pumpkin season upon us, thousands of so called "humans" will take to the fields in a cruel and evil frenzy to capture and kill one of God's most harmless and beautiful creatures, the pumpkin.
In this picture the dogs looked scary,and the pumpkins were fake. They have straight faces as if they were mad. The pumpkins screamed “eat me”. Also the dog looks like Abraham Lincoln. The ones that look like male dogs stared at me. The maron matched Mary’s much berries merciful. Next the leaves in the background were beautiful. They have clothes on as if they were people. The pumpkin was as green as a water melon. A dog, a person, was dressed up as a Pilgrim.