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The Art of Falling Through Clouds. A one-year mission to produce 300 stories in 300 words (or less)

THERE WAS AN I IN TEAM: This flash fiction story was first drawn to me because of the title. Obviously there isn't an I in team, but as the story goes on, it makes more sense. A man fell in love with a woman with a speech impediment where she pronounced letters that weren't even in the word. She must have had a tough childhood growing up. She even tried to rid herself of the speech impediment, but nothing worked so she was stuck with it. She probably thought no one would be with her because they wouldn't understand a thing that comes out of her mouth. One day, however, everything changed when one man fell in love with her, speech impediment and all. He misunderstood a lot of what she said, but that didn't stop him from loving her or even asking her to marry him. He didn't have to listen to her answer; he just had to look in her eyes to know her answer. – ericcaaa


So I feel like this story is a great example of flash fiction. The writer is assuming that you know how Loki and Odin are. Knowing who Odin and Loki are is key to the tale. Without knowing who they are the reader could be very confused by what Loki is saying. The author was able to save space on the story by assuming that the reader has some familiarity with these mythical people. I feel that this author is using Hemingway’s theory of omission. I feel like Hemingway would be proud of this story and would think that it was quite witty. – edwardcharboneau

T a o    l i n. For some reason the Universe begins.

In Lisa Jarnot, Tao Lins simple word-choice and hurried pace is an appropriation of the writing style of American poet, Lisa Jarnot. Following the tradition of Modernist poets from the early 20th century, Jarnot has consistently described her style as a “collage,” a random flow of information that allows the reader to piece together meaning from seemingly disconnected thoughts and images. In contrast, Tao Lin’s writing uses overly-simplified language and sentence structure as a way to capture the philosophical drudgery maintained by the cultural mainstream. For example, the opening, “For some reason the Universe begins,” suggests creation occurred because of an eye-rolling, whatever-ness redolent of American ennui. By merging these two approaches to writing, Lin actively responds to his contemporary’s method and infuses it with his own flair for the understated. The characterization of Jarnot in the story quickens the pace, becoming even more frenzied when she assassinates George – natcaslop
W. Bush. The suddenness of this interaction and the dark-humored absurdity of the scene is less political than culturally informative; along with easy access to news outlets and social media interaction, opinions, particularly ones that are in opposition to celebrity figures, are shared with vitriol and passion. Lin posits a scenario where a person acts on their stated opinion, illustrating the shocking actuality of their self-regard for what, or who, is right or wrong. – natcaslop
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The Seventh: The Forgotten Deed. The supposed fortitude inherent in my gender had, even since youth, always been wanting in my disposition.

The Seventh: The Forgotten Deed

However moved with offense or indignation, I could elicit neither intent from the quiescent mind, nor force from the feeble frame which I inhabited, and for such deficiency did I constitute the chief amusement of schoolmates and colleagues alike. When pricked in conscience or ego with opportunity to manifest any effort to defend a sense of dignity or justice, it was my wonted response to relegate such primitive retaliation, verbal or otherwise, to the realm of buffoonery. Such mature and civil inclinations, however, often left me with none of like sympathy. To the effect that I might overcome evil with good, I refused to entertain any sentiment of legitimate grievance, and allowed no foothold to appear in that wall which circumscribed such civic virtue. 20 Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories.

I actually came across these on Facebook before we even received the Flash Fiction assignment. At first, I thought these couldnt be that creepy. Afterall, how does one effectively tell a scary story in only two sentences? I was wrong. Some of these are shockingly scary, especially given their length. In fact, I would argue they are more terrifying for their brevity. It leaves a lot to the readers imagination, which can really be a dark and horrifying place. Hemingway's Six-word Story was similar in telling a compleling, open-ended story that sparked emotion in the reader. I honestly don't think Hemingway would consider these stories any sort of genius, or even worthy of reading. Given his distinct style, he might look down at these. But for me, and I think most people, they tingle our spines in a very enjoyable way. Much like riding a roller coaster, there is thrill in perceived danger. We are scared by the circumstances, or the literature, but we know on some level that we are safe. – mdierksen