It's pretty amazing to me how long Dogzplot Flash Fiction has been around, consistently publishing great flash stories. I don't remember to check out every online journal as often as I used to, but this site is one I tend to remember to find my way to. A recent short by Joanna Arnow, titled, "A Legacy" caught my eye. It begins:
"They said to write whatever came to mind, but all I can think about is peanut butter."
What is never really established is who THEY are. Over the remaining 120 or so words, "peanut butter" is mentioned nine more times. It's an interesting use of repetition, one that I don't see that often in such a short story. It helps Arnow create a nice rhythm to the story if one were to read it aloud. It keeps the story very focused, which while you'd think it being such a short flash that it would almost have to remain focused, but it's not been that uncommon for me to read a flash that wanders and could have been tighter. Of course, Arnow also uses the word "orgasm" three times through the last half of the flash, which also makes the repetition of "peanut butter" seem that much more necessary.