NaNoWriMo badge with a No symbol overlaidWell here it is November 8th and I am not doing NaNoWriMo. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t miss it. I have always enjoyed the challenge of NaNoWriMo but this year I simply have too many other projects that need my attention to even consider it. I have to get The Best of Friday Flash โ€“ Volume 2 out the door (already behind schedule) and do some serious editing on my science fiction suspense novel in the hopes of sending it out into the cold cruel world of slush.

So instead of shooting for 1666 original words a day this month, I’m shooting for editing one chapter a day and continuing on right into December until it is done. So far I’m only two days behind. I also plan to hit BOFF 2 hard this week, and hope to get that wrapped up before the end of the month. Wish me luck on both.

Are you doing NaNo this year? If so, best of luck to you. Stick to it. I know you can succeed.


Copperplate print of OrionWe discussed doing a Best of Friday Flash โ€“ Volume Two some time ago and the consensus of opinion was that we should indeed do one. Toward that end I have been busy behind the scenes getting a submissions manager set up, rustling up two insane willing and wonderful co-editors, and getting a new home for the effort set up. The stars have finally aligned.

Announcing the Best of Friday Flash โ€“ Volume Two

Now open for submissions!

Let me introduce you to my two co-editors, whom most of you probably already know: Rachel Blackbirdsong, and Tony Noland. Both have been very active within the Friday Flash community and both have a great eye for a good story. If you don’t know Rachel or Tony then head on over to their blogs and meet two extraordinary talents. I recruited them to help take up some of the editing load and, perhaps more importantly, keep me focused on the tasks at hand. If you follow me at all you know I can be a bit scattered.

So head on over to Friday Flash Dot Org and read the official submission guidelines. We are limiting the collection to fifty stories this year, so be sure to submit your best. Good luck!
Image credit: A print of the copperplate engraving for Johann Bayer’s Uranometria showing the constellation Orion. This image is courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory Library via Wikipedia.

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