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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flash Fiction Advisory

SceneQuest DSV*

Good shots can come down to lighting.

Rockne S. O’Bannon, the son of a Hollywood gaffer, certainly understands the importance of economy in illumination.

He's also creator of Alien Nation, Farscape and, yes, SeaQuest DSV, and the author of this little story:

"It’s behind you! Hurry before it"

Yes, it is a trick that Lovecraft employed with wild abandon, as countless others have before and hence.

But it's a good trick. Shine that little lamp at the right time, in the proper direction, and it can show a lot more than a bunch of extra words can.

Flash Fic Advisory #11: Know what to keep in the dark: illuminate through interruption.

*DSV is an acronym for Deep Submergence Vehicle, which is what I think good flash exercises are like: intensive explorations of dark and drowning places. A lot of times you hit mud. It is the rare shimmering yttrium deposit that makes the spotlighting worth it.

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