g.g.Nota has written 47 stories, 14 poems and 9 uncurated in the genres: Crime & Thriller, Historical Drama, Flash Fiction, Romance, Competitions, Poetry, Erotica, Dark Humour, and Contemporary
The Title of your Flash?
“ GO TO THE FLAG “
What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?
Things I’ve recently experienced…the inevitable: Love and Loss in Life’s Final Act.
What sort of message or feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?
I leave that up to the words and the reader. I hope it’s personal.
Is this story a break from your norm?
I try not to ‘norm’. I guess I go through phases, or pick up a ‘riff’ that I might play with, but I don’t write symphonies – I write short stories primarily so I can mix it up. If it starts out as Flash and ends up a Poem, as some have, then so be it…I’m often surprised at the ending. If I’m laughing, that’s also a big plus.
Why is that?
It’s the flow of things. I don’t care to dissect it, for fear I destroy it.
What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?
I’m working on a compilation of shorts, oddly enough entitled –
“LURID SHORTS & SORDID LAUNDRY”…dark tales, some humorous, some raunchy, some stone-cold serious, as is the case with “…Flag”
Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction?
Very few. I don’t seek them out, but if something sparks or there’s a challenge, I might jump in. I also enjoy a quick mental exercise…fire some new neurons.
Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one?
I’m a member of the Ether Writers online…but generally not a joiner.
Do you think these groups help or hinder a writers journey? Why?
Up to the individual. I have gained some insight, and shared experiences with others whom I very much respect. I’m quite shy about self promotion, so I observe and absorb, but I don’t ‘hang out’ and discuss ‘the craft’. I’m a fairly ‘primitive’ writer with a background of mixed disciplines – if a painting speaks to you, the painter need not verbalize. So I don’t wade into groups too deep. For me,
“Over analysis kills the prose”.
What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction?
Nota Remains a Mystery:
There is No Nota.
Dark the night
Nota is a Non
Nota is a void
an infinite Negative
as you fall
There is No Nota
Nota no home.