Reading flash fiction

Reading Flash Fiction – on a plane

Last week, the boys and I went on holiday to the Gold Coast. This involved flying on three planes as well as time waiting at airports. On Sunday 29th September, Mr Z and I went to the airport to pick up Mr N who was joining us after he played Auskick at the AFL Grand Final the day before. As happens, we were earlier than expected and the plane was late, so I went searching for something to read. Mr Z was happy with playing games on the iPad.

I browsed a newsagency at the airport and the only reading material was a choice of magazines or books. I wanted something to read that was short-ish as I knew I’d be interrupted, so getting a new book wasn’t an ideal option. None of the magazines really caught my eye as I wasn’t interested in celebrity gossip or sport magazines. It got me thinking – this is where a book of flash fiction would be ideal.

I also found that reading on the plane was also interrupted with announcements and the flight attendants coming with drinks and food, and the kids wanting to ask about what was happening. Flash fiction would have been ideal here too.

The advantages of reading flash fiction include:

  • the stories are really short, so you can read a whole story in a matter of minutes in times you are likely to be interrupted
  • you don’t have to read from cover to cover, you can dip in and out as the mood takes you and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a book mark with out (of course, you can also read cover to cover if you want to)
  • if a story isn’t grabbing you, you can just move on to the next one
  • there are flash fiction anthologies on so many different topics that you’re sure to find stories that will interest you, and, you never know, you may discover a new genre you haven’t read before

Now, I just need to find a way to get books like Teapot Tales: a collection of unique fairy tales into the airport shops!

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  1. Good idea, flash fiction! So you were at Coolangatta Airport on the 29th Sept – SNAP! We spent 5 days visiting family just out of the Gold Coast, although we did pop back for a couple of days. Then flew on up to Cairns for a wedding. Loved the HOT weather. Back home and its cold…brrrrr! What I would give for a flash fiction on the plane *sigh.*

    • Mr Z and I flew in on the Friday & we flew out on 4 October. We had a wonderful holiday, though it wasn’t nearly long enough! It’s freezing here…

      • lol… we also flew out on the 4th… the wedding was on Sat 5th and we stayed up there for another 5 days. So agree, not nearly long enough. Hoping to go back mid 2014, sooner if possible.

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