Thursday, November 26, 2009

Telling my wares

This photo has a little to do with the flash fiction I've got up at Ink, Sweat & Tears. I'll explain later. But, remind me.

Bit of a school jumble sale of a post for you today. Got to be in quick to get the best stuff!

Thomas Taylor, over at That Elusive Line has generously nominated me for a couple of awards which I will gladly accept and do what is required of me at some point over the weekend - yes, it's Friday here, come on rest of the world, get your act together! (Note - deferring attention from my own tardiness!)

Got another piece of flash fiction up at Ink Sweat & Tears which I shall be dissecting for you in a week or so if you're interested to know what went into it and how it all started (this is my code for - you might think it's a little strange and therefore, that, by default, perhaps I am, also, but I'm not, honest governor, it's all got a very simple explanation, and phewsh, I'm normal really - and could I fit in another clause break? Probably not). It's called "Your Favourite Colour". Let me know what you think.

Goshkins, on a mish not to start a sentence with "so" and yet to cause the maximum agitation to all you grammarians out there! Any takers? We've sold all the quality goods now, can I ask anyone to take the last few items of this post off my hands - c'mon, it's pence. Nope?

Back in the van it goes then, you'll all have to wait until the next jumble to know what else I had to tell you!

17 comments:

Titus said...

Aaargh! That's like my mother telling me, "I nearly bought you something."

Re Your Favourite Colour.
Dense. Macabre.
Flash criticism.

Rachel Fenton said...

Hehehe!

I like and I like!

Thanks, Titus.

Jim Murdoch said...

I read that piece in Ink, Sweat and Tears earlier today, in fact I've just left a brief comment. I'll be very interested in seeing what you were aiming for here.

Rachel Fenton said...

Oh dear, Jim, sounds ominous! I haven't seen your comment up there. Will have another look now....nope..perhaps it will appear later. Thanks. Hope I can provide you with a suitable breakdown!

Andrea said...

That is such an evocative piece! I really like it. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

Rachel Fenton said...

Cool! Thanks, Andrea, I'm so pleased you like it.

Lori said...

Oh, no, you strange? How can that be? I am afraid to go look. I'll still go, though ... slowly

Lori said...

OK. Read the "strange" piece. Feeling dumb. Not much to report. Just that the shade of blue that I imagined looks only cadaveric to me now, and what can be more repulsing that the corpse of a love, and oh, how I used to love it. OK. Now I don't make sense to myself. Have to stop.

Rachel Fenton said...

Lori, I hope you weren't too disappointed...and you had sounded so excited!! Hehe! Well done for being brave! I'm really intrigued that you had a shade of blue in mind - that's great - was it the same shade throughout ountil the dead body, or did it change all the time as you read?

Thanks for reading it anyhow! The stories I've submitted to Ink, Sweat & Tears haven't been wholly typical of me. I have been really experimenting and allowing my imagination to run riot. It's interesting to me to have people's responses to these pieces and I appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Penny said...

Haven't read that piece yet but I just wanted to sympathise about the 'So'thing. Ever since I read about Thomas's pet hate it's popped into my head as the default sentence starter and I have to battle to make it go away!

Rachel Fenton said...

Isn't it funny, Penny, the more I try not to use a word, the more I find myself abusing it! I only use "so" to stop me using my actual default sentence starter...won't mention it now incase it sets a certain blogger off! Haha! Thank you for your solidarity, we so starters must stick together!

Thomas Taylor said...

So, thanks for the mention;-)

I wish I hadn't let my pet peeve out of its cage now.

Rachel, I found your prose piece hugely evocative, highly-charged and -- frankly -- exhausting! And I'm still thinking about it...

Rachel Fenton said...

If it makes you feel better, my pet peeve is people talking "like this, and he was like saying like, you know? And she was like, yeah, and like so...." which young people round here do all the time, "it's like soooooo annoying!" You get the picture:)

It is exhausting, isn't it. I wouldn't use that technique for anything longer but it is a good way to make something very small seem very big.

Thank you for reading it. I know that and the Fish Wife story I had there a while ago are very much niche pieces, therefore I'm really grateful you've taken the time to give them a read and let me know your thoughts!

Thank you.

Donna Hosie said...

That piece was deeply moving; it reminded me of Rebecca.

Rachel Fenton said...

Crikey, thanks Donna. I hadn't thought of that as I was writing it but I can see it now. I'm pleased you found it moving and I thank you for taking the time to engage with it enough to do that. It's still quite new to me, I literally wrote it and sent it straight out, so I'm still getting to know it and seeing more in it than I knew I had put in, if that makes sense?

Thanks Donna.

the half-life of linoleum said...

Rachel - I can see that someone already started a sentence with 'so.' So I will not.

So metimes - I like to see what writers were working on a year ago. It can be like a fast trip to somewhere completely new.

The piece in Ink Sweat and Tears was great. I thank you so much for visiting my little spot.

Snow Like Thought is a pretty neat place.

Rachel Fenton said...

Perhaps I should have called the blog "solikethought" as in, so, like thought, um....

Glad you liked "My Favourite Colour", unless you mean "The Fish Wife", in which case glad you liked that :) Thanks for reading - yours in a pretty cool pad, too.