Literally Reruns, Short Fiction

Literally Reruns – Peculiar Folk by Frederick K Foote

If I was better educated–or at least paid closer attention during what education I received–I’d know all the words the professors use to describe and sometimes drain the blood out of the written word. I am certain that there are fancy definitions for what goes on in Frederick K. Foote’s Peculiar Folk, but, really, in the end, no matter what something may be in the scientific sense, does it walk when you read it is still the most important thing of all.

This story walks. It is brave and has its way with reality, yet remains something that you can identify with in bits and pieces. You have the Moodstone mother and the Playground Goddess and the kid who stands up for himself even when it is maybe not in his best interest to do so.

Q: You have the gift of carrying the memory of childhood perceptions into adulthood. Do you have to concentrate hard to put yourself in a kid like Kwoth’s mindset, or does it come fairly easy?

Q: Please describe your general creating process. Do you get to the final copy quickly or are there endless drafts until you reach the effortless style you achieve?

Leila

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Peculiar Folk

Fred’s Responses:

Q: You have the gift of carrying the memory of childhood perceptions into adulthood. Do you have to concentrate hard to put yourself in a kid like Kwoth’s mindset, or does it come fairly easy?

Leila, I don’t think I ever really grew up. Part of me is always lingering in childhood. This idea is reinforced by my parents, siblings, friends, and spouse continually saying that I should grow up. and act like an adult. However, the opportunity to be an adult has passed me by long ago.

Q: Please describe your general creating process. Do you get to the final copy quickly or are there endless drafts until you reach the effortless style you achieve?

Stories may start with a word, a picture, a lyric, a headline, or a sentence that catches my eye.

Some stories grow as easy and free as wild rice. Others require extensive cultivation. About 99% of my stories get workshopped in a critique group. I credit the critique group with making my stories ready for prime time.

3 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Peculiar Folk by Frederick K Foote”

  1. Hi Leila,
    Your usual inspired choice and questions.
    Fred – It’s always a pleasure to see your work.
    I will be honest with you, we don’t have a great success rate with folks from writing groups. Most submissions are overwritten, have too many adverbs and pick on some rather bland topics.
    When I read your work I see that you are a wonderful exception- I tip my hat to you and your writing group!!!
    All the very best my fine friend.
    Hugh

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