More of my flash fiction is out this week in Pound of Flash. This particular piece, Twenty Questions, really is a micro-fiction piece at 163 words. It’s the second smallest snippet of fiction I’ve written (the other is 100 words exactly).

There are so many benefits of flash fiction: a quick-fix read for those with short attention spans; an outlet for a writer who has an interesting, but not fully-fledged story concept that would be better as a vignette; a fun, quirky, little piece leading up to a punchline etc. Why not write it up as a poem then? I suppose for me, it depends. Some ideas could work well as both, but generally I find that dialogue works better as fiction and abstract ideas as verse… or prose-poetry, or fictionesque-verse… or a boundary-crossing mishmash. What happens if you try to do too many things at once? The birth of a linguistic mongrel!

Too many things at once... candid camera: chu-hi and curlers

Too many things at once… candid camera: chu-hi and curlers

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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