Bryan Hemming

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The Chair

DSCN3847Flash fiction isn’t really my thing. But I woke up this morning with this one buzzing around in my head till I had to get it down.

“Easy with that chair, it reminds me of my late wife.

I killed her with it.”

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6 comments on “The Chair

  1. evelyneholingue
    March 31, 2014

    You’ve got a pretty dark sense of humor. The chair is cool by the way.


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  3. rangewriter
    March 31, 2014

    I love that you captured this little refrain! Maybe I should try that with the occasional odd dreams I have.


  4. auntyuta
    March 31, 2014

    I enlarged this picture of the chair and saw all these yellow flowers. What kind of flowers are they, do you know? The chair, lookd like it is discarded, standing in a meadow of different grasses and flowers.
    I did not know what Flash fiction is. I looked it up in Wikipedia and found this:
    “Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity.[1] There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as three hundred words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.”

    Bryan, maybe you could write a little bit more about this chair?


    • Bryan Hemming
      March 31, 2014

      This was the garden of a house, part of which we rented, which became the subject of a series of long and drawn out court cases against a property company, which we won, to be awarded over €24,000.

      That was more than two years ago. Needless to say we have not been paid one centimo. The chair we found abandoned, and had to leave behind.

      In common with the former owner, who died, we liked to let most of the garden run wild, as everything gets so dry in the summer here, while winters and springs bring lots of flowers and butterflies.

      Although some writers like to extend the idea of flash fiction to 1,000 words the emphasis should be on extreme brevity. A thousand words is really a short story. Many blogs and publishers prefer flash fiction to be less that 100 words, which I think is about right. The whole point is tell a whole story in as few words as possible so that readers can use their own imaginations to conjure up the rest.


  5. colltales
    March 28, 2014

    I love that kind of sly humor. Excellent, Bryan. Best


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