After advancing to the Editor of Friday Flash Dot Org position at the beginning of October, I was thinking of writing and publishing this editorial of sorts last week. However, with NaNoWriMo’s fast-paced approach, I decided FFDO correspondent Catherine Russell’s article on Getting Ready for the Young Writers Program Next Month! should be up early enough this month to give those interested time to check things out and prepare.
Please welcome our newest FFDO Correspondent, Mari Juniper of mari’s randomities, who shares short stories, poems, reflections and pretty things that fancy her and her visitors. She already has something in the works for your viewing pleasure, and I think you will have a blast reading Mari’s future articles!
Following is a creative nonfiction piece on what #fridayflash means to me; originally written and published as my entry for, and second place winner of, the #fridayflash Writer’s Contest in April, 2010.
One Stupendous Pile of Pens
A pen exists to serve a higher purpose.
Each pen knows its destiny and writes waiting for its fulfillment.
As we read their creations we notice that not all the pens are shaped the same, their heads are all different: Reed Pen, Quill Pen, Dip Pen, Fountain Pen… each has its own personality and each pen is special in its own way.
I believe that all pens have their well-established path on this life’s stage; as even with a single written line they trace and create different worlds.
All these pen’s paragraphs, sentences, phrases, words, for me, equal small miracles.
Witnessing the passage of ideas from first pen stroke to end result; is an incredible journey.
Sometimes, somewhere in this voyage, a wonder slides in.
Each week, out of hundreds of penned imaginings, one creation is destined to arrive into certain hands, and when the two meet, time stands still and the hearts, of both reader and written lines, skip a beat.
My heart skips a beat several times a week. Actively engaging with the stories I read, I am pulled under by intense ideas, challenging or reinforcing my old ways of thinking, making the wonder of this journey ever so precious when I resurface.
In addition to these wonderful reading experiences, and fortifying my lifelong passion for everything that creative writing is, the best and most significant “things” I have received from participating in #fridayflash are the countless amazing new pen friends I now have, who I would not have met, or at least not in such high numbers, if it was not for this stupendous pile of pens #fridayflash contains!
All of what I wrote in this short essay back in 2010 are, to this day, still applicable. Thank you for that!
I am looking forward to working even more closely with the staff and contributors of Friday Flash Dot Org to hopefully bring all our writers and readers alike to a point where they, themselves can attest to the same feelings I expressed above about our wonderful community of writers.
~ Estrella Azul