Shameless Self-Promotion – December 5, 2020

Checking links on the home page, ran across three pieces of flash I’d like to shamelessly pitch.  Seems to be a thing, shamelessly pitching one’s work, here.  I’ll try not to make it a regular event, but suspect these may be of interest to readers, even casual readers.  I’ll pitch and leave paging-out to you.  I know it takes extra effort.  Consider it finger exercise.  You might want to mix a protein shake afterward to rebuild phalanges muscles.

Snow is brand new.  Well, just pulled from the file, toned-down, and paged into Flash Fiction.  Lost some of its zing when stripped of expletives. A sneaky way to ease into the next two without requiring welder’s goggles.  Comes in at PG.

Heartbeat has been out there in flash for a while. Because I know lots of folks don’t have or want to spare time to browse, I’m thinking few know it’s there.  It’s a quick spy-type narrative with a quirky twist and a theme line most don’t see. Has a frustrated love-interest, some international mention – Michigan’s UP, Moscow, Warsaw, and Spain, and some double-dealing.  I’d give it an MA or a thin R.

Old Men suffered several revisions, yes, no, yes, no, before making it into Flash Fiction.  It is Heavy-duty R for language I’ve heard on television though not MSM television.  Sorry folks, that’s the way people talk.  Especially military, and other walks of life most think have low regard for life but actually have greater regard for life than people who wouldn’t say schitt if they had a mouthful.  Not loaded with offensive language, in fact it’s sparse, but removing that last bit I found wasn’t true to life. A life capsule of maybe ten minutes, three minutes to read: old politicians, old military, and one old man (I’ll let you work out exactly what he is) brought to focus by one youth so unaffected he sleeps through the whole of the vignette and a man somewhere for a few years anyway not young and not old.

Maybe catch you again tomorrow.  Maybe not.

Published by spwilcen

Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

8 thoughts on “Shameless Self-Promotion – December 5, 2020

  1. You seem to have a “thing” for removing bad language, is there a particular reason?

    If every other word is an expletive, I must admit that I find things boring – wasteful of words, if nothing else. But swearing every now and again adds shock value. As you say, especially when people are talking, because that’s how people talk.

    1. In the past, I’ve been “called to task” by folk, usually ladies, for my vernacular. Which I find odd as the most (humorous and) shocking use of such language shocked me, an old military dewd coming FROM two ladies who seemed unaware I was in the laboratory at the same time. It’s in deference to these people, I try to tone down my language. Thanks for dropping words on me, words I whole heartedly agree with and will use as a guide.

    1. Balance, sure. Dunno but expect UK folks are as toilet-mouth as I know we are here across the big salty. Like I told Mr. Bump, I seem (that’s my perception) to be called down more than I’d expect. I appreciate you letting me know. This kind of feedback, from you, Bump, and several others, I find invaluable. Thank you.

    1. Self promotion time (excuse me, but I aim to please). Under “Writing” on my home page are a number of creative types, each with a short inventory. If you get zorked, take a look, pick one and if it’s not too much trouble, tell me good or bad what you liked or did not. I’m learning this craft and feedback (including hand-slaps) is appreciated. Yes, indeed. I am glad to be of service and pleased to provide a smile. Thank you so very much for feedback. SP

  2. Although I don’t like shock value just for its own sake, it’s good sometimes to shock and a colourful word thrown in there can really create a good impression in the reader, I would say. But I don’t know, here in Spain we use “bad words” all the time, on the tele, the radio, songs, poems, et cetera…great work my friend and all the best!

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