Do you know why I started blogging? Oh, you don’t? And you call yourself a fan?! Oh, you don’t? You’re tired of passive-aggressive rhetorical questions?! OK fine.
Before starting the blog, I’ve taken a couple of “creative writing” and “fiction writing” courses, because I want to create…fiction…through writing.
I’ve always looked at the blog as a way to get my words out into the web-o-sphere and get a steady following. Once I had people hooked I’d eventually unleash my horrible novel / collection of short stories / unicorn colouring book onto them. They’d have to be polite and buy it. Then they would read it, smile, back away slowly and block me from their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
But the last laugh would be on me, because in the process I’d have sold upwards of, like, twenty books and gotten around 100 dollars from the deal. Then I’d buy two bottles of fancy liquor and get wasted alone in my underground lair. Note to self: need to rent an underground lair.
Then I started the blog and something happened: I realised I enjoyed blogging in its own right. It’s a bit surreal to think that some words I jot down can be read by a bunch of people all around the world just seconds after I click the “Publish” button. Sure, sometimes they’re forced to read juvenile humour and a collection of carefully arranged swear words, but what the fuck, shit, right?! Hearing that I’ve managed to make someone laugh is extremely rewarding. I really get a minor sense of achievement if I can remotely put a smile on someone’s face. The drawback, of course, was that I got so carried away with the humorous lists and funny observations that I never got around to doing much fiction.
Then I found out about DudeWrite‘s Flash Fiction contests and something happened: I remembered that wanting to write fiction is how I got into this blogathon business in the first place. Since then I’ve submitted flash fiction pieces to every DudeWrite’s monthly challenge. There were three in total. I’m both happy and humbled that each of my pieces managed to bring home a prize so far.
My first piece “Pulling The Plug” shared the victory by popular vote with a great piece by a fellow blogger Chiz Chat – “The Bunker” – in the first DudeWrite Flash Mob for July 2012. August Flash Mob also had three external judges independently picking their favourite pieces. Two of them have picked “Pulling The Plug” and had some really encouraging things to say about it.
The second piece “High Stakes” won the popular vote in DudeWrite Flash Mob for August 2012. During the same flash mob the DudeWrite editorial team picked a winner of their own – a humorous story by the Chubby Chatterbox called “Stupid Men and the Sea“.
Finally, just today I found out that my third piece – “Code Wet” – is the winner of popular vote for September’s Flash Mob challenge.
I always try to keep an element of humour in my fiction piece in order to stick to the blog’s main theme. These regular contests at DudeWrite really give me a solid reason to practice fiction writing. I have every intention of submitting at least one fiction piece every month to these Flash Mob’s for as long as DudeWrite holds them. I guess what I’m trying to say in a roundabout way is – thank you DudeWrite for reminding me about my original priorities! I’m planning to start weaving more fiction pieces into my future blog posts and I hope that you’ll stick around for that transition.
Don’t worry, though, I won’t leave you without funny commentary on human stupidity and mockery of insane people. I have too much fun doing that.
How about you? Why do you blog? Is it practice? Fun? Do you have a political agenda? Are you a member of an ominous yet extremely ineffective secret organization that wants to take over the world through writing?
10 thoughts on “Fictive Fiction”
Ooooh, I’m gong to have to go and read those! I love reading short fiction.
Also, re: your bunker – it needs a skylight. And maybe a small flower garden around the base?
Skylight idea – excellent, approved! Not sure about the flowers though, kind of undermines the whole badassness (it’s a word, look it up) of a lair, no? Unless I get some Beladonnas and other poisonous varieties out there…hmmmm, must consult with a gardener
Hope you enjoy the fiction pieces when you get around to them!
I always thought it was “badassery.” Haha. How about Venus fly traps! Poison ivy? Poppies! (They did a number on the characters in The Wizard of Oz, didn’t they?)
I did enjoy your stories, and I had a hard time picking a favourite! Might have to be Code Wet since it didn’t depend on a twist ending (someone’s talking about one thing but surprise! They mean another innocent thing;someone thinks a thing happened but surprise! it didn’t after all). You did do a good job with those other two but Code Wet had that spark of extra uniqueness. 🙂
Thanks, I appreciate you having taken the time to read them. I see what you mean – twist endings may get too “gimmicky” if overdone. Which is exactly why my last flash fiction “They are here!”….may also have a twist, because being gimmicky is what I do! 😉
By the way – not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but I’ve thrown an award your way. Enjoy!
We enjoy your writing and devotion to Dude Write in more than a fictional way…
Thanks Scott. I really think you guys are doing a great thing with the DudeWrite project. Let’s hope it continues to expand from now on!
Congrats on the recognition! It’s great that you’re sticking to your goal and writing fiction. I’ll have to check some of those reads out later, but right now I have to get back to my conference. I’m supposed to be paying attention to the speaker (but your writing is more fun).
Thanks, hope to find a good rhythm for fiction writing. Let us know about all of the wisdom you gather at the conference!
Why do I blog? Let me count the ways…come back…I’ll make it short, Promise!- I love the writing and like you if someone laughs at my crazy stuff it makes my day!
I never thought of blogging, until I wrote the first guest post for your fabulous blog and then I could not stop. -(Despite the fact that we were the only two to comment on it! )
So, you could say that your blog inspired me or you that are to blame for unleashing me on the world, whatever angle you choose to view it in! 😉
Good luck with your flash fiction!
So much for keeping this short!
Whoa?! Now I’ll have to take responsibility for you?! Can I handle the pressure?! CAN I?! Surprisingly, the answer is – yes…
Sounds good, we’re both on the right path then. Bloggers of the world – unite!