Sunday, May 6, 2012

Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Photography

I've been pretty busy lately trying to avoid actual writing so I'm posting a flash fiction piece and a poem I've been cleaning up, as well as a few pictures I've taken. The flash fiction story was inspired by a TerribleMinds prompt (from a while back) to write a complete story in five sentences and 100 words, or less. The poem was written in response to one of Robert Lee Brewer's PAD challenges to write a Tanka poem. I had done this one previously (check it out here) and had a lot of fun with it, so I did it again. Photography has become my latest hobby and I've had a lot of fun taking pictures around the house of my flowers and babies. So I decided to share some of the better ones (IMO). ;)

Flash Fiction: KTFO (WC79)

Blood covered my face, but the fight only had thirty more seconds. I jabbed left and she dodged right. I jabbed left then followed with a hard right and she blocked. I leaned back and, when she pursued, popped a straight kick, catching her right under the chin. Her head snapped back just like a Pez dispenser, but no candy came out. As she landed flat on her back, I let rip my victory cry, "KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!"

Baby Girl

Tanka: Baby Girl

Strawberry blonde hair
Wispy, curly, and cowlick'd
Above sky blue eyes,
Ivory skin, and pale pink lips
Little arms reach up to me


Pretty Roadside Weeds

Pete the Garden Gnome says, "Go Reds!"
Hot Pink Rose
Pink Roses

Hot Pink Rosebud

Garden Mushrooms

This looks like it'd be a great photo prompt for a fantasy...

Do you like to write or take pictures? What are your favorite subjects? What do you think about my writing and pictures? Any ideas or suggestions? I appreciate any and all feedback. Even if you think this sucks, as long as you tell me why you think it sucks. I can't wait to hear from you guys! Interaction is what this life is all about.

If you're interested in my ROW80 progress... well, there isn't really any.


Dana Dampier said...

I love everything about this post. Your story is awesome! My favorite part:"KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!"

Your poem is just precious and so is your baby girl!

I especially love the pic of the mushrooms. Def my favorite. I was trying to take a similiar pic the other day in my yard, but I just couldn't get it to come out right.

Michelle Pond said...

Beautiful tanka and photo. I think the mushrooms are my favorite, too, although I do like Pete cheering for the Reds. I started taking photos about a year ago to go with some of my poetry. Now, I am taking more photos for their own merit and end up writing poems about some.

Rebecca Barray said...

Thanks, Dana and Michelle!

I was taking pictures of my roses, and saw that little bunch of mushrooms and thought, "It would look awesome if they were huge, like trees." So I just put my camera on the ground right in front of them and it turned out really cool!

I've just recently become interested in poetry and photography but they have been great inspiration for each other.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Becca ;)

Anonymous said...

Oooh --I love garden gnomes! Have you seen Amelie?

Your baby girl is super cute, too. She's lucky to have such a creative mama! :)

Rebecca Barray said...

Hi EB! No, I haven't seen it. Is it good?

And thank you so much!!

Kelly Williamson said...

Oh, your Flash Fiction made my day! Freaking hilarious! Definitely caught me by surprise.

And that baby girl...too cute!

Rebecca Barray said...

Thanks so much, Kelly! Glad it could brighten your day!

Mysti said...

Great pictures, adorable baby, just good stuff all around :)

Those mushrooms remind me of the faery village in A Ranger's Tale! I can see Mayor Vido flying toward Galadin and Cali, fussing about Galadin's hunting hawk :D

Veronica Roth said...

I’d like to help you with the photos. They are a little overexposed; you can judge that by the blue cast. You can fix this by pulling the ISO on the camera down a stop or two or, if you have Photoshop you can multiply the layer, merge and then use basic curves to brighten. The composition of the mushroom photo is fantastic and you must be really proud of that. You might set up the rose photos better by not photographing from above, maybe position the camera with the direct light behind the subject and try to pick compositions of uneven numbered groups, like 3, 5 7 etc. Please feel free to ask me anything I’m very, very happy to help. PS. You little girl has the most fantastically beautiful hair.

Rebecca Barray said...

Mysti, that's so true. I didn't think about it when I took the pic, but that's exactly how I pictured the mushroom houses in the faery village!! Awesome!

Rebecca Barray said...

Thanks, Veronica. I can use all the help I can get. I've just started taking pictures and am excited to learn more about it. Maybe I'll take a class... Do you know any good web tutorials?

Thank you on behalf of baby girl for your compliment. If her hair ends up as curly as mine, it's more of a curse... :)

AMelodyGalloway said...

Hey, Becca. What kind of camera do you have? I use a Nikon SLR at the moment, but I really miss my old Minolta point and shoot sometimes. I haven't found the time to do all the fancy f-stop and ISO adjustments without pulling out the instruction manual.

Here's a great website for instructions. Flowers and landscapes are my favorite subjects. The mushrooms are great. I agree they'd make a great fantasy story prompt.

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

Love this post!

The stories, and the photos.

However, I have a hard time picturing that darling little baby girl as a kickboxer!

Hee, hee! :-D

As for photography & creative writing, both come into play with me on both my blogs, the cat one more so that my own.

For example check out the archive under the name of "Seen & Heard: Critters With Cats on the Brain"