John Wiswell bestowed upon me the Fabulous Flash Award, a Jon Strother creation. I am honored and touched to receive the recognition from John (@wiswell). The whole point of the award is to introduce new readers to the works of deserving writers.
Before I pass this on to four others, I want to also reciprocate this one to John (though I won't make him repost or repass to four more people). He is someone I consider a friend, though I've never met him in person and I'm not sure if that will ever happen (though I hope we do meet). He is talented, passionate, humorous, prolific, generous and one of the best writers I know. He knows how to use minimal words for maximum impact, and layers his stories with so much. I often laugh out loud at his writings, and then surprise myself when days later, a nuance of his story hits me. He never makes me feel stupid but always makes me think.
So, now that I have received the award, I must bestow it upon other deserving writers. The hard part is only choosing 4. The caveat is that this will be passed on again, so more of my favorites will get recognized, and possibly, you will discover their impressive stories too.
Timothy P. Rempwrites in many genres, but his passions are science fiction and fantasy. He doesn't post as often as I would like him too (yes, I'm nagging him) but when he does, he'll blow your socks off (excuse the cliche). On occasion, he can be found lurking by the pseudonym @Tim_Remp_writer (shh! don't tell him I gave you his real name). We met in a writers' group, became friends, even wrote a story together (and it's published!) and I would not be the writer I am today without his encouragement, insights and friendship. Visit The Event Horizon and bring an extra toothbrush. You should probably get your EVA suit back from the drycleaners first.
Cathy Olliffe portrays the most realistic characters with humor and compassion. Visiting life on the muskoka river is like dropping in on your favorite neighbor, sitting at her kitchen table and talking for the next hour. Sometimes she serves coffee or tea; other times she giggles, says it's noon somewhere, and gets a bottle of red and two wine glasses and enthralls you with her stories. She always makes you feel right at home. If you are a twitter enthusiast, follow @mattiasville
Linda Simoni-WastilaShe writes everything from six sentence stories to poetry to novels. I met Linda (and John W) through Harbinger*33. I am indebted to that project (hope H*33 fulfills its dream!) for introducing me to writers that I now feel I can call friends. I just read at leftbrainwrite that she finished her first draft of PURE. Often, through #fridayflash (follow @drwasy) she gives us glimpses into her fascinating characters and situations. When it's published, I will be at the bookstore, waiting for them to unlock the doors so I may purchase one of the first copies. Her writing often gives me chills (not the horror kind, the insightful kind).
The fourth person is the hardest. So many I want to recognize. Some (phew!) already received this honor from either John or Jon; others I know will receive it through the inevitable chain this will create. Therefore, I'm giving the fourth spot to someone I hardly know, but I love her words.
Diandra Linneman There is this woman who lives in Germany (I think she does--her blog and twitter page say that) whom I found through #fridayflash and I follow on twitter. I've only exchanged a few words with her, but I read most of her posts, (follow @LaCaffetnatta). She makes me laugh! Irreverant, a bit cantankerous, impatient with her co-workers and BF, her posts are hilarious. She's resourceful, intelligent, wry, adventerous and totally real. I'm glad she writes, otherwise I fear for the life of her boyfriend! No, she's not mean, she is compassionate and her stories are sharp and witty, include a touch of dark humor and often involve killing a deserving individual.