Okay, the theme of Bazelli’s “Author Aerobics” this week was a tad too irresistable. As soon as I read her post, I had an opening line in mind. Shortly thereafter followed the main character. It took only a little longer to come up with the situation. I’m still really busy with school and related challenges, so this is kind of cheating. But the idea stuck, so here we are.
The challenge was thus:
“Show, don’t tell.” You hear it over and over again. It’s one of the most often quoted ‘rules of writing’, but pick any novel off your shelf, and you’ll find that the authors do not just show, they also tell. Perhaps the reason that we’re encouraged to “show” is because, in unskilled hands, telling can be badly done.
This week’s challenge: Write a piece of short fiction (1000 words or less) that involves ‘good’ telling. The theme for this week: “afterlife.”
That being the case, I present to you another little fantasy flash piece, clocking in at 1,076 words, entitled:
From That Eternal Summer Isle
By: Stephen Watkins
The sky was blue on the day I died. That came as some surprise. Not so much that the sky was blue, but that I died. Or that I was able to remark on the color of the sky at all.
I’ve never been one to believe in the afterlife. Nor in the gods, or any of that other claptrap. Maybe I’ve spent too much time with the humans. Continue reading