‘Red Wheelbarrow’ is the WEP/IWSG prompt for August. As you know I’ve been turning out some ‘interesting’ stories in response to these prompts. I’ve enjoyed them.
I’ve also enjoyed and welcomed the comments on my stories.
- Caged Bird | Flash Fiction #WEP+IWSG
- Jewel Box | #WEP-IWSG flash fiction #AtoZchallenge
- #WEP/IWSG short story challenge | 28 Days
- #WEP Ribbons and Candles | Christmas #Flashfiction
- #WEP Flash Fiction | Deja Vu or Voodoo?
- WEP – August #flashfiction | Change of Heart
Thank you for reading and commenting.
I don’t deserve it
The premise of this type of event is that you present your own story, and go around the other twenty to thirty participants, reading and commenting on their own stories.
This started out fine.
More recent months have been a chore, but not in the way that other commenting is. The reading of the stories has been hard.
The majority are not to my taste. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m sitting in my nice English home surrounded by the absurdity that is Brexit trying to destroy our entire way of life, let alone democracy. I don’t think most of my US friends are any different, although you have an election which looks increasingly as dysfunctional as ours looming.
But most of these stories seem to be vampires and death or dysfunctional relationships, and not in a crime, thriller or whodunnit way. Okay, maybe they’re soaps. YA soaps. Gory YA soaps. I don’t want to read them, or at least not in the quantity that is presented each time. I can comment along the lines of ‘not my scene, but well written’, but someone else wrote that and seems to have caused a stir.
What will they make of red wheelbarrow?
I have no idea how these authors are going to respond to the red wheelbarrow prompt. But I daren’t read them and find out; I find some of them distressing. Especially in quantity.
So I can’t read these stories and comment on them. I can’t, in all honesty, ‘like’ them. And I may be overestimating the number of them in the set. So, with my apologies to all those who are writing stories I would enjoy, I feel it’s better if I just drop out.
There are other flash fiction networks. After a year of experience with what seemed to be a really good setup, I’d better find one more to my liking.