Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game. Welcome to today’s edition of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette: A Girlie Magazine For Writers.
Yes, I’ve changed the subtitle of the magazine once again.
But I think the new subtitle is the most accurate description of this blog that I’ve come up with so far. The Gazette is a magazine about writing flash fiction, published by a flash fiction writer for other writers. The craft and the art of flash fiction is always on my mind…
Last night I assumed my favorite position (flat on my back on the sofa with two fat pillows under my weary head) as I listened to Monday Night Football on the radio and as I watched silent films on YouTube on my computer. My living room/kitchenette (I have a small apartment) was dark except for the black and white images on my computer screen and the glow of the moon through my windows.
I watched The Cheat made in 1915 by Cecil B. Demille and I marveled at how he was able to tell a complete story with no sound with only two or three short sentences on a handful of dialogue cards in a film that ran 58 minutes just by the body language, facial expressions and the actions of his actors and actresses. So much of the story was implied. No wonder silent films (flickers) were so popular with early film goers. The best silent films left plenty of room for those early film goers to use their own imaginations to complete the story.
The best flash fiction does the exact same thing. In the best flash fiction, the reader is at least 50% of the creative process.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from The ‘Burgh.
Hail to Pitt!
Today in Pittsburgh there will be more sunshine than clouds and the high will be around 70.
P.S. Be sure to check out the front page. You may have missed something.