Flash Fiction and Some Dancing

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007 by Travis Cody in

I enjoy good writing. The cool thing about blogging is I get to see it almost every day as I cruise through the bloggosphere. One of the things I've come across is Flash Fiction.

Basically, it’s very short fiction – 55 words worth of short fiction. You tell your story within that 55 word restriction.

This is my first try.


Why do they block the intersection?

The rules of the road are explicitly clear. Don’t cross the intersection, even on a green light, if you don’t have enough room to clear the cross walk.

I had to wait through another traffic light because of these people.

Good thing I left my gun at home. Damn.

Two of my regular stops on my rounds are Cathy at Cathy's Resurrection Corner and Pauline at Cursuum Perfidio. These gals are expert practitioners of the art of Flash Fiction. You can usually catch a new 55 word masterpiece on Friday's at either blog.

I may have to cruise around and find more of these gems.

Hey! Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Now I've learned a new dancing term from Adam Shankman - angry jazz face. If you missed the opening routine he had the kids do from Hairspray, you missed a real treat.

Let's try a video that youtube says I can embed. This is Sara and Pasha with a terrific west coast swing from Wednesday.

So let's see how the dancers did. In the first group of two it's Sabra & Dom who are safe while Anya & Danny are again in the bottom three. Danny is the best dancer on the show. For some reason the two are just not connecting with the crowd. It's really a shame because they are both so good.

From the next group of three Lacey & Kameron are safe along with Sara & Pasha, putting Shauna & Cedric in the bottom three. Could this be the week that they do the right thing and send Cedric home? Shauna is terrific, but Cedric is not versatile enough to continue. He's great at what he does individually, but he could really hurt a partner down the line.

The final safe pair is Lauren & Neil, which puts Jamie & Hok in the bottom three. Jamie and Hok suffered from the style of dance, Smooth Waltz, which seemed to suit her very well but didn't do anything for him. They were really unable to perform the waltz part of the dance because he just couldn't master the technique. He is much more versatile than I expected, but this was just not the style for him.

I suspect that the judges will save Danny, Hok, Shauna, and Jamie - these are my thoughts before the solos.

Anya - I love the way she moves, but that solo wasn't good enough. She's used to having a partner, and it shows.
Danny - Brilliant.
Shauna - This girl is growing on me. That was amazing.
Cedric - In his own style, he is tremendous. But right now it's all he can do.
Jamie - Excellent.
Hok - Wow.

Take a look at this, if it'll play. This is Danny...who has a talent that America doesn't seem to want to vote for.

Nigel says they are taking the whole season into account as well as tonight's solos. Now that changes my mind just a bit. They may decide to keep Anya instead because of her work with Danny through all the different routines.

For the gals, Jamie and Anya stay but Shauna goes. This was tough. Nigel says he didn't see the growth across the show from Shauna, but praises her future in dance. Nigel also cautions Anya that her solos need to improve, because at the end of the day this is a solo competition.

For the guys, Nigel gets straight to the point and dismisses Cedric without ceremony. And that means Danny and Hok are through to the next stage.

And that's that...no partnerships change for next week. The decisions get tougher as we go forward. These are all tremendously talented dancers.

I've got a super busy weekend, so I'll catch up with y'all next week.

Happy Friday!


  1. TopChamp says:

    I can see what you mean about Danny being a good dancer but I really didn't like this dance. OK so I'm watching in miniature, but it seemed like there was a lot of leaping and posturing, and not so much dancing to enjoy.....

  1. Travis says:

    TC: And that my dear my be the answer for why he's not getting the votes. We're getting to see his technical brilliance but not enough of his personality.

  1. flash fiction on fridays! i love that, might have to try it too...

    have a great weekend trav, and it's a good thing i found some cookies at odat's cause there is nothing in here honey! what's up with that? ha ha

    smiles, bee

  1. oh heck, i just found it in the sidebar!!! thanks trav! you are the greatest!

    smiles, bee

  1. Sanni says:

    WOW! The West Coast Swing was amazing - I wasn´t bribed by the song (I love Fatboy Slim´s tunes)... really liked it.

    Hmmm... I confess I wouldn´t vote for Danny, either.

    Thanks for introducing Flash Fiction. Loved your 55 words (as usual - you know I love your brilliant writing *s*)

    have a great weekend, my friend. I´m off to celebrate my mom´s 61st birthday now - going to safe some cake =)

  1. Flash Fiction....for a moment I thought you were going write about some guy at a trench coat...

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Come to Ohio Trav, we dont use turn signals either. Cheers!!

  1. I enjoyed your flash fiction, Trav - great job! And those people drive me nuts too ;)

  1. Pauline says:

    Welcome to Flash Fiction Trav. You chose one of my pet hates for your debut piece (not that you'd have known) Great!

  1. Steven says:

    Love the flash fiction...and it was time for Cedric to go. He's amazing at his style, but he wasn't versatile enough for the competition.

  1. Travis says:

    Bee: The FF is definitely fun. And glad you found the CAKE!

    Sanni: Well, I guess this is real proof of why they call it the search for America's favorite dancer. America's choice of favorite may not be the best technically, but the one who has something that compells people to vote.

    Katherine: Maybe next week.

    Matt: Heathens I say!

    Pauline: That simply makes me crazy. I might try this again - I liked it.

    Steven: Yup.

  1. Travis says:

    Tammie Jean: Thanks! It was fun to do.

  1. Great job on the flash fiction. We all like a good quickie every now and again. :)

  1. Diesel says:

    Damn intersection-blockers.

  1. Pauline says:

    55s are addictive you know!
    btw thanks for the mention, I should have said yesterday but I was a bit preoccupied

  1. Julie says:

    Ya know...it just dawned on me...I wonder how Benji felt about help someone OTHER then sis do well this time. Hmmm

  1. Julie says:

    Great flash Trav!

    **runs off giggling**

    Seriously people..the mini video just doesn't do Danny justice. I commandeered the big screen that night and was enthralled by his prowess!