At fourteen pages Redcar Collector by Glenn McGoldrick might count as flash fiction. Starting out as an almost absurd account of an unlikely situation, this story ends with three sentences that will make a reader go “Huh, what did I just read?” There is another question I had which has little to do with the story as presented. How does the story title relate to anything in the story?
Geoff thinks it’s time to celebrate his son’s birthday. It is Jason’s thirty-third birthday and it would be nice if he could share the cake with Geoff, but Jason hadn’t lived past thirty. This did not stop Geoff from celebrating but wife Sandra refused to participate in a celebration that would lead to more depression and sadness for her.
In Red Marks by Glenn McGoldrick the reader finds unemployed Michael not sure what he wants to do with his life. He must go to the Job Center to continue receiving benefits. He wasn’t too bad off today as he had found a purse with enough money to buy a few pints. Later there would be a visit with his parents where they would inquire about his job prospects and his love life. Michael was scheduled for some training but what he really needed was practice with communication skills. He just couldn’t connect with folks. That was what had happened with Becky. He knew she wanted to give him a message, but he just couldn’t get it out of her. His efforts ended in a breakup of their relationship.
Here is something to start out your day with a jolt (but painlessly). Flash fiction. It is quick to read and almost by definition authors create it to surprise you either by the content or innovative organization of ideas. Five Free Flash Fiction Pieces by Paul D. Dail does that. The only thing unsurprising about it is the price. Refer to the title. It is for sale on Amazon at the price indicated by the title.
Impressions by Dan Groat is a very impressive (sorry, I know better but I couldn’t resist) collection of short reflections on the daily grind of our lives, also known as existence. This is one of those collections that is valuable to keep around for when you are feeling just a bit down and unfocused. It will, at the very least, redirect your attention to things that are a bit more meaningful than immediate routines we are forced to go through on a daily basis. This was selected as a Book of the Day (BOTD) by the folks at OnLine BookClub on 11 January 2017. The following comments are about some of my favorite selections. There are 55 reflections; there is no way I will comment on each of them. Buy the book; it will make you happy.
I like flash fiction. By its nature, all flash fiction is not created alike but this collection takes weirdness to some new levels. So, I will start out with some warnings. To say the least, this is some adult stuff. But I want to quote warnings from the work itself.
From the Introduction:
“This is not a story collection with any underpinning narrative. These are syringes filled with words. Fumbles in the dark with a stranger. This is a collection you can open up to a random page in order to hook yourself up with a quick fix of fun. Grab a tasty treat between meals. A quickie in the staff-room on your lunch-break. Maybe have just one more for the road. You know you want to.
Flash Me!: The Sinthology (Kindle Locations 91-95). Solarcide. Kindle Edition.