This hour we’ve got guest inspiration from Leah Petersen, the mind behind 5 Minute Fiction, a flash fiction writing challenge that directly inspired me to create Flashathon. She has graciously provided not only a prompt, but a few words of inspiration.
She quotes physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988), “Physics is like sex: sure it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.” To which she adds, “I love that not just for how applicable it is to my main character (a physicist) but how well it works if you replace ‘physics’ with ‘writing.’ Why are you doing it, anyway?”
I’m sure at this point in the flashathon some of you may be asking “why am I doing this, anyway?” but I don’t think quite in the way Leah meant. So let’s press on with our next hour in this crazy mixed-up event with a new prompt:
“Take your pick: a cloudless blue sky or the last three seconds on the bomb timer; either way, there’s not much difference.”
Leah Petersen lives and writes in North Carolina somewhere between the day job and the wife-and-mother gig. Rather than waste her time getting fresh air and sunshine, hanging out with friends, or pursuing an actual career, she reads books, writes, knits, and games. Sometimes all at the same time. Her first novel, Fighting Gravity, is coming in 2012 from Dragon Moon Press. Every Tuesday at 12:30pm Eastern time, Leah Petersen runs a 5MinuteFiction contest. It’s fast and it’s furious and there’s a slight chance of injury. But it’s fun. Join us!