[The most sure-fire way not to get a blog post written is to mention that you are writing it. So this is not the post I talked about last time, either.]
The theme of this post is: one word, one story.
What I love about the idea of ash cloud tales is that they instantly take the mind into the future. Maybe it’s the way the concept was introduced, but the stories leap forward from the present mire. (“Stuck in Belgium. Mussels too damn expensive.” — We have Twitter and Facebook for that.) This project stretches the horizon of our attention from short-term inconveniences to long-term consequences.
I won’t get into all the possibilities “micro” can conjure. Just check out the entries so far and notice your focus shift toward the hidden, imperceptible, or merely overlooked. But I said I wouldn’t get into it, and I’m coming to the boundary of this virtual postcard.
In closing: Write short. Make it count.