Short fictions: Karenlee Thompson (Tasmania)
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- Karenlee Thompson informs the reader that these
- works of fiction weave around
- ….the Tasmanian bush-fires of 1967.
- Black Tuesday left 62 people dead,
- …900 injured and 7000 homeless
- …in a single day.
Lost: (flash fiction)
- Approximately 150 words
- This is a list of things lost when the fire swept in
- …and destroyed the narrator’s home, house pet, household items.
- Basing one’s
- “self-worth” in a title,
- “a position of some standing in the community“,
- “sense of security” in a beloved dog, status
- “assembled over three generations” or an object
- “crafted by the owner’s deceased husband” will lead to a
- feeling of devastation once that item, person, or thing has passed.
- This is one person’s memorial to a life….lost.
- strong point: intensity of the story
- This entire piece of writing is a metaphor!
- Thompson has intentionally designed it to
- shape the reader’s understanding
- of her actions, feelings and ideas.
- It is intended to evoke an
- …emotional response from the reader.
Cross Stitch: flash fiction
- Approximately 300 words
- This is a dramatic incident that
- provides insight into the thoughts of
- a woman trying to suppress visions and
- memories of a thief (fire) who stole everything.
- Motif: apron – symbolic significance for the story
- Gift from granddaughter
- …much beloved but it makes her shudder.
On Heming Way: poetry
- Tension is the key element
- It propels the reader through the poem.
- Structure: 1 stanza with 14 lines with end-stop punctuation.
- Idea: the consequences of the fire.
- Pacing: is fast, simple sentences.
- It feels like a hand pressed in the middle of my back
- …pushing me along.
- I want to read further to understand the poet’s message.
- How does a poet create tension?
- Thompson moves back and forth between
- talking: “Clothes are dry, gum tree scented”
- talking: “No school today,” ….”No candles on my birthday cake.”
- crying out: “Enough fire.”…”I saw a spark and ran”
- crying out: “Please don’t shake the match box”
- “….Has anyone seen my dog Rudy?”
- Alliteration: “fuel, fire found it.” “hot and hellish”
- Image: “Sucked into the fire, came out ashes”
- …this draws my attention and I see the flames before my eyes!
- Onomatopoeia: the verb ‘sucked’ sounds like the fire destroying everything!
- Juxtaposition: line 5: dates of
- Tasmania 1967 and Victoria 2009,….to jolt reader’s memory.
- Strong point: Just 14 sentences and so much impact!
Love, What is Thy Name? : epistolary
- Epistolary form adds realism to a narrative.
- It imitates real life workings.
- Strong point: intimate view of characters’ feelings and thoughts
- #BestLoveLetters and one #DearJohn….all in one story!
- If you want it or not,
- …life does leave its marks not only in your brain
- …but in your heart and in your soul.
- The understanding of the devastation of a brushfire deepens.
- It is not just an item on the news.
- This is a wonderful collection of short fiction!
- I have highlighted a few on the selections and
- …leave the rest for you to discover.
- Believe me…you won’t be disappointed!