Seems many folks were either busy with Christmas preparations or were just plain snowed in this week. Still, we had 50 stories this week, with one debut. As always there is lots of variety and some outstanding talent on exhibit. And for some reason there seem to be a lot of Christmas stories this week. Go figure.

Please be sure to visit our debut participant, Jennifer Joseph, and leave her a comment and a Christmas cookie or two.

If your story is not in the listing please visit the Collector and add the details. Then shoot me. er, I mean, then shoot me an email and let me know it’s there and I’ll add it to the listing. Thanks for participating in #FridayFlash.

The Stories

Winter’s Bride by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Fantasy ~

White Christmas by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Where the Trains Used to Run Part 2 by Lionel Braud @ltrain75 ~ Literary ~

What’s The Best Christmas Movie? by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Experimental ~

Try the Salsa, Y’all! by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Humor ~

Traveling to a Merry Christmas by E. D. Johnson @geektreasure ~ Slice of Life ~

The Waldgeist by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Paranormal ~

The UCF Stories Christmas Special: The Cleaner by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Path to Pastels by Jason Coggins @JaseCoggins ~ Fantasy ~

The Night Before Christmas by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Humor ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. #Five by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Cross Genre ~

The Golden Moment by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

The City That Never Spoke by David D Sharp @aweeadventure ~ Fantasy ~

The Bride of Oglingston Spitworthy by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

Swan’s Act by A. M. Harte @am_harte ~ Experimental ~

Southbound by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Unspecified ~

Some Things Are Mine by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Snow in Paris by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Snakeskin by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Singing Galway Bay by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Slice of Life ~

Santa’s Secret War by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Fantasy ~

Running in Circles by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Unspecified ~

Rabid Bunny by Jennifer Joseph @creativeconduit ~ Horror ~ Debut

Quiet Morning on the Square by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Humor ~

Pure Evil by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Horror ~

Phil Something by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Paranormal ~


Nail That Gift by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Slice of Life ~

Merry Zmas by Steve Green @n/a ~ Horror ~

JiNGLE NELLE, JiNGLE NELLE by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Crime ~

Jennie’s Christmas Miracle by Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor ~ Romance ~

Jarboe, Lord of Tater Town by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Slice of Life ~

I Heard the Bells by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Horror ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 6) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

Here We Come A-Wassailing by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Frostbite: A Mafia Family Christmas (pt.1) by Anne Tyler Lord @AnneTylerLord ~ Cross Genre ~

Clara’s Question by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Slice of Life ~

Christmas, 1976: The Bronx from Franky Benítez by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Literary ~

Christmas Past by Olivia Tejeda @SimplyOlivia ~ Slice of Life ~

Christmas is Over! by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Cross Genre ~

Christmas Cabin by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Horror ~

Big Toe Walkabout by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

Be Careful What You Wish For by David Robinson @DW96 ~ Cross Genre ~

Anti Claus is Coming to Town by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Humor ~

All I Want For Christmas Is A Clean Rap Sheet by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Humor ~

A Time To Reflect by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

A Solstice Gift by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

A Christmas Peril by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Paranormal ~

A Christmas Crime by David Barber @thetwoblokes ~ Crime ~

In the News

Emma Newman announced some exciting news. She has another book deal, with eMergent Publishing this time, for her short story anthology ‘From Dark Places.’ The original collection is going to be re-released as Volume One with a follow on Volume Two, both as ebooks. Then both will be combined for a nice print edition sometime next year. Congratulations, Emma, and congratulations to eMergent co-founders Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson for signing a terrific talent. Champagne all around.

Dan Powell has a story, ‘The Last Year of Father Christmas‘ in the Metazen Christmas Charity E-Book 2010. Congratulations, Dan. It’s all for a good cause, so check it out.

Please take a moment to read this appeal from the occasional Friday Flasher and all around great person, April Hamilton, concerning the future of Publetariat. I’ve found the Publetariat very useful over the past couple of years and would hate to see it go under. Help if you can, or simply offer her some words of encouragement. I’m pulling for you, April.

If you have news for or about the Friday Flash community please let me know. I’m always happy to help spread the word. Tips work a lot better than me just stumbling upon them. Thanks. ~jon

The wrap

Thanks to all our readers. We love you. And please, if you enjoy a story leave comments when you visit. Writers love feedback almost as much as chocolate. Maybe more! Then go tell your friends to read it too. Help these writers grow.

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  4 Responses to “The #FridayFlash Report – Vol2. #31”

  1. Fifty stories is nothing to sneeze at (51 if you count mine that I forgot to add. Oops)Looking forward to lots more fantastic #fridayflash in 2011.

  2. Great report Jon. Fifty stories is amazing considering the season and all that folks have going on.

  3. Welcome Jennifer, and congratulations Emma and Dan!
    April, I too am pulling for you and hope all news that comes your way is great!

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