January 29, 2004

Flash Fiction Vs. Fifty Word Fiction

After reading an interview of Mike Arnzen, I gained the knowledge of understanding what "Flash Fiction" really means. According to Arnzen, Flash Fiction means, "Efficiency narratives...an icecube of plot whose theme thaws with time." This quote/definition of his really stuck out like a sore thumb to me. I believe that flash fiction is a quick understanding of a plot/theme/conflict that arrives rather all of a sudden and then "melts" quickly to the conclusion.

After reviewing about flash fiction and fifty word fiction, I would consider my decision a tie. I really enjoy reading short or extremely short stories. After having Contemporary Women Writers class my fall semester, my opinion changed throughout the year. At the beginning I recited that I did not enjoy quick stories because they go to quickly and you are left puzzled. But after reading numerous stories of women authors, I formed a bond, a sort of attachment to these quick stories that flutter my mind.

After surfing the net about "Flash fiction," I came across another website that might be helpful to others who are not yet quite sure on what it means. The first website I came across gave an excellent definition of flash fiction. This website also supplies (if you scroll to the bottom of the page) many other websites that are helpful in understanding what Flash Fiction really is.

For more variety of flash fiction examples, you can visit a website that covers almost any type of flash fiction story.


Also I mentioned in my title another type of fiction, "Flash Fiction Vs. Fifty Word Fiction."

After reviewing the Fifty Word Fiction website that was assigned by Dr. Jerz, I chose a few of my favorites that caught my attention.

I surfed on Google and searched for Fifty Word Fiction essays. Not many came up, many relating to the foreign website. One I came across may be an additional website of the one that was assigned to us.

In my extended entry, I will discuss my thoughts/comments on the different Fifty Word Fiction stories.

Fifty Word Fiction Stories

"Leave the mobile at home tonight shall we love?
it irritated him, the way she whispered to persons more creative through every sodding meal.
'certainly' she tested him. walking back through the door silent, she picked it up. 5 messages. Sister had died on the way.

*This story describes a woman who left her cell phone home (of all nights) and came home to find out that her sister has passed away.

Too Good

Brown eyes you can drown in. I wonder if she's noticed me looking, if she looks back. Big brown eyes, fuller than most, somehow, somewhere between Japanese and Dutch, expressive in their darkness. Everything fits, me and her, us, I. Of course, we're only friends, that's all, that's enough, only ....

*I tremendously admired this story because it is piece of romance fiction, I love romance! Numerous descriptive details in less than 50 words makes this unbearable. I love how I can picture every detail in my head and then the story continues... YOU fill in the blank at the end, I know I have.

Off Broadway

A girl in grey dungarees danced with a pint glass balanced on her head. Everyone in the bar applauded. Over to the left a TV showed a baseball game; The Dodgers down by two. Bob was taking photographs in the back room. I drew the scene discretely and drank whisky.

*I can picture that Toby Keith video, "I love this bar" in my head. A typical bar, maybe in the city, that everyone goes to. Its the best place to hang out at. Everyone person there has their own little "thing," and each individual personality makes that bar feel like "home."

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January 28, 2004

Let me tell you a story...

Let's begin with my birthday (1/23) last Friday. It was a reliever day, I had off work! We arrive to Carbones (the place I work at) and we have an excellent dinner. After dinner I was supposed to leave with a friend to go see, "The Butterfly Effect." Reviews say that this movie was awful so I decided that I wanted to see, "Along Came Polly." Well I called my friend and he was sleeping. After waiting impatiently for him to call me back, I looked outside and the roads were awful. So, after crying my eyes out for 3 hours because my birthday was ruined, I fell asleep at the fire station. I figured out from then on that I truly will never have a "Happy Happy Birthday" again. I haven't had one for years.

Saturday rolls around and I went off to watiress my little heart out for 5 hours, not to shabby on Saturday night. I raced home and went out with my friend to see, "Along Came Polly." I have to say that that is an excellent movie. I absolutely love Jennifer Aniston to death. She is gorgeous, has a great voice, excellent acting skills, and very comical in this film. I hate the friend I went with. He is my ex boyfriend and I doubt we can ever be friends again. MEN SUCK! My Saturday night got a little bit better because I opened up my presents with my mom that night. I got a white multicolored alma Louie Vuitton purse, 2 Kenny Chesney cds, candy, and money.

I enjoyed my days off school on Monday and Tuesday because of the snow storms we have been having. But it is getting a little boring around here and I am ready to go back to SHU tomorrow (Wed). Well, I hope Wednesday will bring me some luck -- hint, hint Anne!!

I wish my life would get a little brighter/happier. Is someone out there to make my life happy?

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January 21, 2004

MTV'S "New" Newlyweds

Many people don't know, but you might be able to assume that MTV's hit show, "Newlyweds" is one of my favorite television shows of all time. Tonight is the second season of Newlyweds on MTV at 10:00pm.

If you feel that you are obsessed with this show, as much as I am, go ahead and take the trivia quiz online to see if you are truly a "stalker." I took it and I received an A "stalker."

3 Reasons why I believe that I am obsessed with Newlyweds:

1. I own 3 Louie Vuitton purses.
2. I watch every episode repeatedly that I know their script or actions before they even recite them.
3. I bought clothing that Jessica wore on that show that is identical.

Come on, at one time any person was a 98 degrees fan or a Jessica Simpson fan, so make sure you watch the new season tonight!!

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January 20, 2004

A Blogging Experience Presentation

Julie Young presented a series of question, comments, concerns, and helpful techniques for my Introduction to Literary Class on Thursday January 15th.

Since I am already familiar with the online web blogging that Dr. Jerz introduced to us at the beginning of the year, I honestly believe that I did not need anymore tips to make it better. The only one that I am concerned about is to make my web blog colorful, thanks to Anne Stadler and Karissa Kilgore.

Julie did a nice job at presenting her information about blogging, but I was a little concerned when she showed examples of "bad" comments that were posted. Without the person's permission, I think she violated some of the laws of Journalism. [Us] Dr. Jerz's Practice of Journalism class was the first class introduced to this blogging system and my honest opinion is that we did a heck of a job with it!~ I believe that web blogging is intended to be informative, entertaining, and sometimes even personal. Someone should not tell me what to write in my own personal online diary.

I am guilty of the personal life web blogs and commenting on Amanda C's personal [relationship] stories, BUT THAT IS HOW I AM!

So from now on... I'll write what I wanna write!

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January 19, 2004

Yellow Wallpaper

Hmmm... The Yellow Wallpaper

When I saw the length of this story I realized that I really did not want to sit down and concenrate on this reading... but then there were certain parts of this "depressing" story that caught my attention. I am not aware of post-partum depression symptoms, but I see that a person will continuely concentrate on one particular item for days, weeks, or months. The details that she uses for the wallpaper practically makes me picture them in my mind and I turn my face up because we used to own wallpaper that was a yellow gross looking color.

While reading this story, the physician (John, her husband) bothers me. He isn't really encouraging her to get better. Just ignoring her symptoms and telling her not to questions his doctor skills he holds, he treats her like a child.

I enjoyed this story and I would like to research it more in-depth on why someone would write such a story and if its a true story or not.

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January 15, 2004

I need help...

By the way, this may be posted twice, technicial difficulties.

This is my first blog in a few months and I had to start if off on a bad note. First of all, yes I think I may have to put up my house for sale because of my cell phone bill. Yes its a whopping $440! Please if possible pass around a tin can for me to raise this money within one month, LOL, just kidding. Hopefully I'll be able to get money to pay it off. Have a nice day!

Since I am in a new class, I will try to post at least one blog everyday for this semester and years to come. This is my 2 weeks old New Year's resolution.

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I need help...

This is my first blog in a few months and I had to start if off on a bad note. First of all, yes I think I may have to put up my house for sale because of my cell phone bill. Yes its a whopping $440! Please if possible pass around a tin can for me to raise this money within one month, LOL, just kidding. Hopefully I'll be able to get money to pay it off. Have a nice day!

Since I am in a new class, I will try to post at least one blog everyday for this semester and years to come. This is my 2 weeks old New Year's resolution.

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