I am going to have to split some hairs on this one. The title Flashes from the Other World is for a grouping of short stories by Julie Ann Weinstein; it is not just one story. The way I have justified using it today instead of on Digital short Saturday (where it could also fit), is that if you get the e-version of the book you can read as just that, a bunch of digital shorts. This is a very eclectic grouping of stories, but I think that for the description or feel of what lies inside for you, I am going to pull some words from the author out of the books introduction so we can all gain a better understanding to the point of the exercise and the concept and basis of the stories within.
Here goes: “The majority of stories in this collection are short and that’s on purpose and in keeping with the style of flash fiction. In this particular medium the stories are typically not more than a 1,000 words. What I enjoy about writing flash fiction vs. longer works is that with flash it’s more about the language, the immediacy of the story compared to a longer body of work like a novel which has set up and back story.
Flash fiction is often a blending of prose and poetry, but a flash story doesn’t have to be poetic or lyrical. Rules can be bent and twisted, but at the heart of all flash fiction is a preciseness of language. It’s probably what first drew me to this medium, that and its experimental nature, plus while working on novels I kept having “other” story ideas. One night I made a timed assignment for myself that would write a new story in a couple of hours, then I had to go back to the novel revisions as if that were work and the flash were play. And play it is! I’ve been hooked ever since.”
I have been taking samples of stories from all over the book. They vary in tone and structure for me is what sets this work apart from others. I view this as no different than an author pulling together their various digital shorts and putting them in one package for us. I get the feel that is just the plan for many authors as they start to build a catalog of digital shorts. Flashes from the other World may just be ahead of the curve a bit. Check it out; it may be something you wish to have in your elibrary and reference on occasion as you look for something a bit more diverse in your week. A respite from the norm, a quick hit of fun, or should I say many quick hits of fun.
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