…sort of. I’m here, thinking about what to write. I’m formulating a couple story ideas for Paper Dart’s 800-word short story contest. Yeah, that’s right only 800 words.That should be really easy, right? It seems like it, until you consider how difficult it is to tell a story in 800 words.

Whenever I think of flash fiction, I think back to Raymond Carver’s grim and gruesome, horror piece “Popular Mechanics.” Those who’ve taken a creative writing class that included writing short stories in the curriculum has probably read this piece and admired it for its brevity but disliked it for its unsettling story. It is inspiring, but reading through it once again was enough for awhile. I think I’m fully informed on telling a brief story.

Well, I should be back to the drawing board to fully formulate my winning flash fiction ideas.