The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Small is Better Than None

While the story is only gestational at the moment, here is my Flash Fiction effort this week. Because of time constraints, I could not finish, but I have decided to make a multi-week effort that will continue this story arc up until May 4th.

To me, it is far more valuable for me to get SOMETHING down, rather than just leave my site empty. A bit of progress is better than none.

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Oh, Ohio

He had been told crawling would get him nowhere. Yet, he had never understood the sentiment behind those words, until recently. Now he saw the folly in his ways.

Michael had always been a meek sort of fellow. While intelligent, he lacked a certain vibrato, a certain vitality that would make him stand out in a crowd. The potential was there, but he had an innate ability to unknowingly obscure himself and his efforts to blend into the background like a beige index card. This blending in, this fading into nothing, was a result of his horrific and foreboding sense of insecurity. In a nutshell, Michael thought of himself as a “zero” a nothing, a non-entity.

Creative and at times even a bit insightful, Michael, was a researcher and professor at Kent State University. Yes, the University where the tragedy occurred nearly 40 years ago to the day. It was back in May of 1970 that members of the Ohio National Guard showered a hailstorm of ammunition at the protesters on campus, killing four students.

(TO BE CONTINUED... PERHAPS TODAY, PERHAPS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, PERHAPS FOR NEXT WEEK'S FLASH FICTION)


PipeTobacco

8 Comments:

Blogger Flannery Alden said...

I like it so far and I don't live far from KSU. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

"A biege index card" - wonderful imagery. Fit perfectly.

As Flannery stated, good start. I look forward to it's continuation.

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  
Anonymous Greg said...

Good start... I think your story could easily go beyond the flash fiction word count range.

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  
Blogger qusa said...

看到你的好文章真是開心 加油囉.......................................

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  
Blogger austere said...

You bet something is better than a blank page.

Great title to the story. And beige card.

Will wait for the next part, whenever that happens.

Wednesday, 24 March, 2010  
Blogger Nicole E. Hirschi aka CJT said...

You definitely caught my attention and now I will very "impatiently" wait for the next installment... Very well composed and great images.

Wednesday, 24 March, 2010  
Blogger BBC said...

Fiction, I don't do that being as non fiction is strange enough to me.

But I started a camping blog.

Wednesday, 24 March, 2010  
Blogger David Barber said...

A great start, Pipe, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. Nice job my friend.

Regards, David.

Thursday, 25 March, 2010  

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