Flash Friday Fiction


Picture courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

I should have done what Carrie Rubin did – announce that I was going to take the summer off. However, I hadn’t intended to do so, but life has a way of throwing curves at you. Here it is, the first Friday in September, and like a child returning to the classroom, I come back to Friday Fictioneers, new pencils in my hand, ready to write.

Word count: 100

Burning Woman – an imagined overheard conversation
– You’ve heard about that Burning Man festival, right? I don’t get it. What’s it all about?
– I think it’s a bunch of guys getting together who like camping.
– I don’t think so – it’s more about dancing.
– Men dancing? That can’t be it. Men don’t dance.
– I just know it’s a bunch of guys who go to the desert each year and camp.
– But why is it called burning man? Because it’s hot in the desert?
– I don’t know – that could be it.
– Google it, then.
– I don’t have a burning desire to know more – you do.
– Touché, my dear. Touché.

© Erin Leary

For more information on the Burning Man Festival, please see here. To see other Friday Fictioneers, please visit here.

15 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. Glad to see your pencils are back in hand. You put them to wonderful use! (And thank you so much for the mention. Much appreciated!)

    I heard about Burning Man through another blogger. I never knew such a thing existed. Sounds like quite the experience. Probably not one for an introvert. 😉

  2. I’ve been wanting to go to Burning Man for YEARS. Then, this year I started looking into actually doing it… and when I read all the details, I realized it might not be for me after all. And yet, the mystery of it still seems compelling. Nice job, Erin. Clever dialogue… I’m pretty sure I’ve had this very conversation, more than once. 😉

  3. Dear Erin,

    Glad to see you back. You may take your new pencils and take the vacant desk on the second row. Please raise your hand when you need to be excused. 😉

    Spot on dialogue. Now I have a burning desire to know about Burning Man. Happy to read your FF voice once more.



  4. Dear Erin, I don’t know what the Burning Man Festival is either but I’ll search Google once and see. Good dialogue – excellent in fact – but I can always count on you to do that!
    Nan 🙂

  5. Erin, Welcome back. I always loved new school supplies. I looked up “Burning Man” on Google, and it sounds interesting. It also sounds like something for the fit among us to experience. Anyone attending must have to like camping, and that alone leaves me out. I’ll stick to museums and tamer experiences. Well and creatively written. 🙂 —Susan

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