Somewhere–maybe in the back of a drawer, in your grandmother’s sewing box, or on your favorite piece of clothing–you have a button with a story waiting to be told. A button that’s slightly mysterious … or surprisingly beautiful. A button that has an intricate design, a silly shape, a perfectly smooth surface.
If you’re wondering what story your button might tell, you’re in luck. I’m happy to introduce a new blog feature called Flash Fiction, Button Style.
Flash fiction is a relatively new genre of writing that emphasizes brevity. I like to think of it as a bridge between poetry and fiction—every word is chosen carefully, the overall rhythm has heightened importance, and the final sense of the writing carries more weight than its individual components. In Flash Fiction, Button Style, each short piece of writing will tell one individual button’s story.
Send a jpeg image of your unique button to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will write a flash fiction story to accompany it. Each story will be 250 words or less. To accentuate the genre’s admiration of suddenness and spontaneity, I am also limiting the time spent on each story to one hour or less. While the pieces may lack perfection and polish, I hope their immediacy gives them freshness and intimacy.
My initial plan is to publish one button story a month, roughly every other blog post. Since my other posts tend to be more rambling in nature, I hope this variety of styles will work out well and satisfy both button lovers and word/idea/fiction lovers. I hope to have the first button story appear in this space by February 10, 2013.
Until otherwise noted, button pictures and stories will be published in the order received. I will acknowledge receipt of images and will give attribution for the buttons with first name and last initial. If you prefer to use a fictional name, that is fine with me.
I hope you think this is as much fun as I do.