David Atkinson

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David Atkinson

What inspired your piece?
A memory of donating plasma when I was really broke in the mid nineties and using the money to get food up at a Texaco.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I have tons of favorite writers. For flash, it’s most often Etgar Keret. I have so many favorites though, and they change constantly.

Do you have a favorite line or lines from your pieces?
My favorite line is probably the opening: The fact that Gwen’s bathtub started running blood wasn’t her biggest problem, but she was pretty sure the apartment manager wasn’t going to be any help.

What season do you find you write the most in?
Autumn, mainly because it’s when Flashnano is and I really get going.

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
A sense of fun and whimsy that makes it a little bit easier to face life again.

Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
Sometimes. It kind of depends on the piece.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I don’t tend to eat and write at the same time. I usually get focused in and forget to pay attention to the snacks and the cats just steal them. I try to wait to snack until after writing.

What is your ideal writing environment?
Sitting in bed.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Yes.

Do you have any future writing plans?
Mainly to keep writing. Any more detailed plans than that is just asking for trouble on my part. Best laid plans and all that.

You can read David Atkinson’s piece “Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips Sound Like a Good Idea Though Halfway Through the Bag You Inevitably End Up Questioning the Direction of Your Entire Life and Maybe Want to Die a Little” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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