Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Flash fiction

The doodle

The doodle — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

The lecture was terribly boring so I entertained myself by doodling. I really enjoyed drawing, shaping patterns, animals, trees and people. I considered myself an artist even if I did not make a living from my work.

The world, however, was more hostile to my creations. This is not art, it said. This is vandalism, said the world, as if my shapes were an offense to humanity.

“Hey!” the man sitting in front of me in the lecture hall suddenly shouted. “You’re drawing on my jacket!”

My point exactly. The world has no appreciation for the fine arts.

Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.