Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/7/19

Flash Fiction February 2019 – twenty-eight days of short short stories, an event taking place at Fictive Dream, an online fiction magazine featuring short stories. My part in the event? I did a small abstract painting as the illustration for each story. I’ll be showing one of them to you each day in February to accompany the story on Fictive Dream.

Today’s story is “Vetted”, by Sheree Shatsky. Check out the illustration, then go to Fictive Dream and read the story.

Here is the image, with the banner:

 

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and on its own.

 

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14 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/7/19

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, this story makes you laugh and wince at the same time. As for the dog, we are a cat family, but we’ve had cats just like this poor dog, so its image came to mind very easily in visualizing the story.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I know, you have to laugh and wince at the same time! I’ve always used blunt ended pins for marking rows but I’ve seen people use diaper pins but honestly, I am kind of clumsy and that kind of pin knows it and would stick me over and over.!!!

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The story struck me as having a balance between uncomfortable tension and humorous levity. I feel like your artwork supports that dual tone as the scene you depict seems to be cosy and comfortable but there is also a clear division in the background (walls) and the dark window shapes are also quite suggestive of space between people and things that are beneath the surface.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, this story was one I had to think about as far as illustrating it, for just the reasons you say. It’s funny but not, the people are bland but maybe not all the way through, and there are the undercurrents. It’s very subtle if you think about it. And the knitting part was familiar to me. It did seem to me there was a lot about turf issues here, as you said – boundaries.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you! I am really happy to hear that, as I enjoyed your story and your writing gave me a vivid picture in my mind to work with. More than one, I could have kept going! If you will email me at claudiamcgillart@gmail.com I think I can give you some details about your question.

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