I used to have a different blog from which I retired three years ago. The focus of that blog was mostly my observations and perspectives on politics, society, religion, community, and current events. On that blog I only rarely posted flash fiction.
The other day, kind of out of the blue, my wife asked me why my new blog (this blog) is mostly flash fiction. “You know,” she said, “your blog’s tag line is ‘Random Musings on Life, Society, and Politics.’ But most of your posts are short pieces of fiction.”
After thinking about the change in the nature of my blogging that she pointed out, I realized that I’m so stressed by the current political cesspool created by Donald Trump, that responding to myriad prompts with flash fiction tales serves as an escape valve for me. It’s perhaps the only way to maintain my mental health and emotional wellbeing in this insane, chaotic, bizarro political quagmire that Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress have foisted upon us.
In all candor, even writing this post is causing my blood pressure to rise. So I think, in order to cope, I’ll continue my escapist mechanism by responding to prompts that you, my fellow bloggers, have offered.
This doesn’t mean that I won’t occasionally dive into what’s going on in politics and in the world around me. But if I want to live to see sanity restored, I need to distract myself with the escape and distraction that writing flash fiction provides.
Written for today’s One-Word Challenge, “candor.” Photo credit: Oadtz at Pixabay.