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The FFDO Blog Hop BadgeHi all. I know I have been very silent of late, which is no way to run a blog. While I miss it, and all of you termendously, for now life has other priorities.

However, I am still at the heart of all things a writer, and still involved with Friday Flash, though less visibly. For those of you who know me through the Friday Flash community, and anyone else who might be interested, I want to point that this coming week marks the 4 year anniversary of this international writing community. It is a testament to all of you, who read and write #FridayFlash, and to our terrific editorial and technical crew, that we have passed the test of time.

To celebrate, we over at Firday Flash Dot Org are sponsoring a blog hop with two very nice prizes for participants, one each for readers and writers. So follow our little green friend and hop on over to check out the rules and prizes. I think you will be pleased.
~jon

 

Cover of Ghost Betweens depicting a haunted house with a flash of lightening over it.Fellow Friday Flasher and creative spirit Eric J. Krause has announced the pending release of his of his young adult paranormal novel, Ghost Betweens. I’ve known Eric for several years now and do not hesitate in recommending his works to anyone. He is having a Facebook book launch party this week, so drop in and wish him well.

Here is the description he has posted regarding Ghost Betweens:

The spooky farm in the middle of suburban Citrus Valley has long been rumored to be haunted. After taking pictures in the abandoned fields, Josh Hart and his buddy, Zach, find the stories to be true. They want to learn more, and are joined in their quest by Zach’s girlfriend, Kendra, and the new girl in school, Whisper Douglas. Josh and Whisper find they’re not only drawn to each other, but they also have superpowers when it comes to the supernatural. Their history teacher proves to have an unusual knowledge of their powers, and guides them to better utilize their newfound talents. And they need all the help they can get when Zach and Kendra are possessed by a powerful demon at the farm, who plans to use the teens to escape her prison and take over the world. Now Josh and Whisper, the newest Ghost Betweens, not only need to save their friends, but the entire planet, as well.

Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?

You don’t have to go into this blind. Eric has posted several sample chapters on his website. If you are undecided go give them a read. You can also read some of his latest flash fiction while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed.

~jon

 

 

Copperplate print of OrionWe discussed doing a Best of Friday Flash – 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 – 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!
~jon
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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.

 

Friday Flash Dot OrgThe other day I mentioned that the Friday Flash Report needs a new home. It now has one – Friday Flash Dot Org. I’ve had that domain name seems like forever, but never had a clear vision on what to do with it. I think the time has finally come to dust off the empty shelves and put some useful tools in the display windows. Friday Flash Dot Org is now officially open.

Now that it’s open what are we going to do with it?

Well for starters, it will host the Friday Flash Report. Other ideas kicking around in my head:

  • Host a Friday Flash Bookstore with links to participant’s points of sale. Many in the Friday Flash community are published authors, either as independents or with small presses. We can have a page set up exclusively to promote your books, on an opt-in basis of course.
  • Author spotlights, also as an opt-in, to showcase participants own favorites. I’m thinking a sidebar box generated via a collector. It would feature the author’s picture or avatar, a tweet length message, and then links to the author’s own three favorite stories. Like precious children, you want to boast on them.
  • A Debut Collector – you may or may not remember my post, We Were All Young Once. It highlighted everyone’s debut story up through May 24th, 2010. It was well received, but is way out of date. We could implement a Debut Collector and then people could register their debut Friday Flash for posterity’s sake.

These are just a few ideas I have for the website, the low hanging fruit if you will, which can largely be generated via collectors. I hope Friday Falsh Dot Org can evolve over time to become the true focal point for all concerns Friday Flash and help support and grow the community.

To that end it will need a volunteer staff to keep it running smoothly. If you are interested in helping contact me via your favorite method (email, Twitter, Facebook, Pony Express) and let me know which of the following positions you’d like to help fill (listed in urgency of need):

  • Newsletter editing (the ever popular Friday Flash Report – this consumes a lot of my time)
  • PHP programming (to automate some things, such as the afore mentioned newsletter, so it consumes less time)
  • Facebook coordination (cross posting the Friday Flash report and other announcements to the Friday Flash group page)
  • Guest posts (to help keep it interesting)
  • Web design (page layout, bookstore design, widget implementation, etc)
  • Artwork (occasional banners for major events or just plain old variety)

More than one person can jump in on any of these things.

We’re also open to other ideas on how we, as a community, can best use the website. If you have any suggestions feel free to share them. My email address is jstro@swbell.net, my Twitter ID is @jmstro, and you can find me on Facebook.
~jon

 

This is the last edition of the Friday Flash Report to be hosted on Mad Utopia. Starting next week it will have a new home. More on that later. For now content yourselves with the fact that we had 36 awesome stories this week (and counting, as I’m sure there will be some add-ons) including 1 debut. Please welcome Zaiure to the ranks of Friday Flash. Drop in and leave a comment on her story.

We may be down this week because spring has sprung, or just because I’m doing the wrap up on time for a change, thus tripping folks up. I consider anytime during the relevant weekend on time. I claim Procrastinators Rights, as clearly defined in the rules, on Page 27, Section D, Subsection xvii. You can look it up. Well, you can’t actually, but that’s neither here nor there.

As always, if your story is not in the list visit the Collector to add the details, and I’ll do an update before closing it out come Monday night.

The Stories

A Time To Scatter Stones by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Slice of Life

A Twist by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life

Accidental Sorcerers 3 (Sura’s Story) by FARfetched @FARfetched58 ~ Fantasy

Awakening (part 2) by Steve Green @n/a ~ Horror

Bedtime Thoughts by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified

Brawl by Sylvia van Bruggen @sylviavbruggen ~ Fantasy

Don Makes A Deal by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified

Fake Real Woman by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Magical Realism

Himself It Is by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor

In Flanders Field (Part I) by Janet Aldrich @tec4_cleveland ~ Historical

In Her World by Beverly @ TheBevelededge @Bevimus ~ Slice of Life

In Pursuit of Knowledge by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Horror

Into That Good Night by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Horror

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Magical Realism

Lucky Four Leaf Clover by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Crime

Luke & Abby by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Mystery

No Flash by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Paranormal

No Glass Required by Martha Williams @martha_williams ~ Slice of Life

Not A Girl (A Claire Morgane story) by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy

Photographs and Diamonds by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life

Roulette by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Cross Genre

Slurry by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Unspecified

Soul Acquisitions by Zaiure @zaiure ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Spasms by Elijah Toten @authoreit ~ Unspecified

Stay Tough by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Crime

Supermarket Weep by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Slice of Life

THE GREAT AMERICAN SAILING HERO by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Historical

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 16 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor

THE NICK OF TIME (and other abrasions): She Came In Through The Bathroom Window by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Suspense ~

The Placard by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Magical Realism

Underground Angels by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Paranormal

Unlicensed by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction

Vampire Tracker Part 2 by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Paranormal

Wakiya by Angela Perry @angelaperry ~ Fantasy

Wet Work by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror

Wish Me a Wish by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Fantasy

In the News

The Friday Flash community continues to do amazing work in efforts to raise funds for disaster relief in Japan. This week Angie Capozello (Techtigger) is writing A Story For Japan, with your help. She has set up a Pay Pal account to accept donations for the Red Cross. For every dollar donated she will write a sentence for a new Nox and Grimm story. So far it’s going great guns. If I’ve counted the sentences right she’s already raised over $40 in just one day for this very good cause. Keep those donations coming to keep Angie busy. She will post a wrap up on Saturday, March 26th.

Rebecca Emin is also participating in a fund-raising effort, Authors for Japan. She has two lots in the auction. Be sure to check out Lot 14 — a signed copy of New Beginnings plus a copy of Shambelurkling and Other Stories,  and Lot 180 — a walk on part in her next novel, and signed copies of two books. Last I checked she’s raised £80 (~$130US) and has been spotlighted on the website. Congratulations, Emma.

And Linda Simoni-Wastila has wrapped up her fundraiser with a thank you post. Linda is personally donating a dollar for each comment, tweet, update, and post made regarding her post, ‘After the Shock.’ She’s counted 91 comments but is generously rounding up her donation to CARE to an even $100. She is such a giving person. Congrats, Linda.

All in all, members of Friday Flash have raised about $270 dollars for relief efforts in Japan thus far. This really is an amazing community of writers, and I am so proud to be associated with all of you.

Trevor Belshaw, aka Trevor Forest, announced the Kindle release of his children’s book, Peggy Larkin’s War. It is the story of a girl evacuated from London during World War II and is intended for children in the 8 to 12 year age range. He has set up a new website to promote the book here. Trevor also announced the release of his steampunk short, The Instant Messaging Machine, on Ether Books. Congratulations, Trevor on all accounts.

And this just in: G. P. Ching’s new novel, The Soulkeepers, has broken the top 10 on the Amazon Best Seller List for Kindle books in the category Teens/Inspriational, coming in at #9. I don’t know about you, but I find that downright inspirational. Congratulations again, Gen. All your hard work is really paying dividends.

If you have writing/publishing related news about the Friday Flash community please drop me a line. I love spreading the word.
~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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

We had 55 stories this past week including one debut. Please drop in on Eric Landes and welcome him to the Friday Flash community. There are a few stories in this weeks listing that by rights should have been in last week. But I was recovering from minor surgery Monday thru Wednesday last week and was unable to get on the computer until so late in the week. By then it no longer made sense to do an update. I apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused anyone.

I’m getting this week’s list out a bit late too, so any additional late arrivals will be rolled into next week’s report. Again, IAFAITMHCA. What do you expect? I work for the Government. I can make an acronym out of anything (AOOA). See.

If your story is not in the list please visit the Collector and add the details. Then it will be included next week. No, no acronym this time.

Please be sure to look at the news section below the listing – some stuff you won’t want to miss.
~jon

The Stories

A Geek Tragedy by D. Paul Angel @d_paulangel ~ Humor ~

A House in Pride: PT 12 by Gwen Newpenny @gwennewpenny ~ Fantasy ~

A Man Called Truth, Pt. 5: Mazarel by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Cross Genre ~

A Nice Night for Orion by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Crime ~

A Time To Die by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Slice of Life ~

Accidental Sorcerers 1 (Awakening an Ice Dragon) by FARfetched @FARfetched58 ~ Fantasy ~

Accidental Sorcerers 2 (a Quest) by FARfetched @FARfetched58 ~ Fantasy ~

At Least We Didn’t Call It Goofy by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Science Fiction ~

Awakening by Steve Green @n/a ~ Horror ~

beyond by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Thriller ~

c(u)ore by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Carry That Weight by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Magical Realism ~

Crayons by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Cubicles and Brimstone by Elijah Toten @authoreit ~ Unspecified ~

Cuckoo by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Horror ~

Cup Or Cone by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Humor ~

Death Comes on Silent Wings by Angela Perry @angelaperry ~ Fantasy ~

Domestic Disturbance by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Doors by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Unspecified ~

Epilogue by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

Excerpt from Runs In Good Condition by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

Going Home by Laurita Miller @lauritamiller ~ Slice of Life ~

Hiss by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Unspecified ~

Horse Play by Deborah Bundy @DeborahKBundy ~ Slice of Life ~

Inner Demons by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Investment and Reward by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Slice of Life ~

It’s my birthday today! by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Crime ~

Legal Jargon by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Suspense ~

Lilith’s Keeper by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Romance ~

Lilith’s Keeper by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Romance ~

Long Distance Phone Call by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

Meet The Parents by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Science Fiction ~

My Mother Believes in Giants by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

My Space Plane by John Wiswell @wiswell ~ Unspecified ~

On the River by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Unspecified ~

Pain’s Embrace by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

Perhaps to Dream by J. Timothy King @JTimothyKing ~ Unspecified ~

Punk Dad Manifesto by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Humor ~

Red Shoes by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Slice of Life ~

Reflection by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Unspecified ~

Ringer Games by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Humor ~

Sad, but Expected by Eric Landes @elandes ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Spring Break to Remember by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Unspecified ~

The Balloon by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

The Church In The Field by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Slice of Life ~

The Guardian by V R Roadifer @Vandamir ~ Magical Realism ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 14 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 15 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The One Thing You Need To Be Happy by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

The Painted Man by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Western ~

The Welcome by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Western ~

Vampire Tracker by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Waiting – A Triptych by Adam Byatt @n/a ~ Experimental ~

Water by Sylvia van Bruggen @sylviavbruggen ~ Fantasy ~

Writers Wanted by Ryan Underhill @Ryan_Underhill ~ Science Fiction ~

In the News

You surely know about the great tragedy that occurred in Japan this past week. The powerful earthquake and following devastating tsunami have wreaked  havoc at an unprecedented scale, compounded by a nuclear disaster we are yet to know the extent of. If you have it in your hearts and in your means please contribute to the relief efforts by donating to a reputable relief organization. Be careful who you donate to as there are many scams cropping up to take advantage of the situation, but do not let that deter you from giving. The Red Cross and similar organizations have easy to find websites you can get to with just a few clicks of the mouse.

There are also a few good causes that some of our Friday Flash members are participating in. Rebecca Emin sends word of a good effort organized by  Keris Stainton – Authors for Japan. Over 150 authors, or others involved in the world of writing and publishing, have made 170 donations of books and/or services for auction. Check it out and see if there is something on the auction block  that would be useful to you. No money goes to the site, instead winning bidders will be notified by email and then asked to make their donation directly to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. Be sure to check out Rebecca’s offering – Lot 14: Signed copy of NEW BEGINNINGS by Rebecca Emin. And if you don’t win the bid, heck go ahead and make that donation anyway.

Another very generous and caring Friday Flasher is Linda Simoni-Wastila. Linda is accepting comments on her post, After the Shock. For every comment made she will donate a dollar for relief activities in Japan out of her own pocket, through friday. All it costs you is a comment. But again, after you make that comment why not head on over to a reputable relief organizations such as the American Red Cross and make your own donation as well.

In other news:

G. P. Ching is hosting a launch party all this week at her website  So, Write to celebrate the launch of her YA paranormal novel, The Soulkeepers. She will be releasing selected chapters and discussing various aspects of her writing all week long. The Soulkeepers is now available for both the Kindle and the Nook. Right now. This very moment. Get thou to your bookstore.  And while your at it drop by So, Write and wish her good luck and your hearty congratulations. Congrats, Genevieve.

Laura Eno never slows down. She sends word that she placed two stories in the new e-zine quarterly 5×5, the brain child of Angel Zapata. The concept behind 5×5 is to write a complete story in five sentences of five words each. Quite a challenge to be sure. 5×5 ISSUE ONE: Murder, Monsters and Misfortune contains not one but two stories by Laura: “No Medical Benefits,” and “Weeding Out the Gene Pool” as well as  stories from several others you’re sure to recognize. Check it out. Congratulations Laura, Angel, and all the rest of the contributors.

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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

We have a big double issue of the Friday Flash Report this week as I was laid up last week with a bad back. So this week you can catch up on some stories you may have missed and check on the the latest offerings from this wonderful writing community. There are 109 stories listed in all with 2 debuts. Please welcome Angela Perry and Sylvia van Bruggen to the world of Friday Flash. Drop by and say hello, and spend a little time perusing their work.

I won’t be able to deal with anything that crops up for the next three days, so any late arrivals will have to go into next week’s report. But don’t let that stop you from visiting the Collector to add your details, as they will show up eventually. Thank you all again for participating in Friday Flash.

The Stories

#Twitterpocalypse by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

17 Days by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

A Final Gift by D. Paul Angel @D_PaulAngel ~ Humor ~

A High, Strange Home by Deirdre M. Murphy @wyld_dandelyon ~ Unspecified ~

A House in Pride: Pt 10 by Gwen Newpenny @GwenNewpenny ~ Unspecified ~

A House in Pride: PT 11 by Gwen Newpenny @gwennewpenny ~ Fantasy ~

A Man Called Truth, Pt. 3: Big Shot by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Cross Genre ~

A Man Called Truth, Pt. 4: Inheritance by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Cross Genre ~

A peas believe me situation by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A Princess Banished by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

A Princess Banished, Part 4 by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

A Rose From a Stranger by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Horror ~

A Time To Be Born by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Slice of Life ~

An Auto Mechanic’s Wet Dream by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Humor ~

An Old Friend by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

Animals by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified ~

Badges by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

Blood and Fairies by Angela Perry @angelaperry ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Bombs Away – Part 3 by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Action ~

Brazilian Whacks by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

Broken by V R Roadifer @Vandamir ~ Slice of Life ~

Cain and Minos by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Fantasy ~

Card Reading by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Slice of Life ~

Caught With a Hand in You Pants by Tomara Armstrong @2maraA ~ Adventure ~

Chartsengrafs by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Cheap and Convenient by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Clean by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

Combat Couture by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Dead Man’s Hand II by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Western ~

Dead Man’s Hand III by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Western ~

Deal by Ryan Underhill @Ryan_Underhill ~ Fantasy ~

Dice by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Unspecified ~

Dinner At Eight by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

DIVINE INTERVENTION by colin james @crjames55 ~ Slice of Life ~

Dog Farts by Angela Perry @angelaperry ~ Fantasy ~

Don’t Feel Like Dancing by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Slice of Life ~

Donal and Viviane Meet by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Romance ~

Dooley Noted by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Western ~

Embers by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Cross Genre ~

Everybody Hurts by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Slice of Life ~

Fabulous Fairies by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Slice of Life ~

First Day by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Humor ~

Fitcher’s Curve by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

Flash and Fade by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Magical Realism ~

Guilt by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

His Dark Ink by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

I Know by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Horror ~

Illusion by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Illusions of Grandeur by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Impossible Bumble Bee by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Paranormal ~

In Like a Lion by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Humor ~

Instincts by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Cross Genre ~

Jumper by Jim Bronyaur @jimbronyaur ~ Literary ~

Just The Driver by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Horror ~

Khaki Shorts by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Slice of Life ~

Letting Go by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Lost Along The Way by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Magical Realism ~

Lure by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Magical Realism ~

Mea Maxiuma Culpa by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Romance ~

Mea Maxiuma Culpa by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Romance ~

Meet me at Union Station by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Thriller ~

Moring Routine by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Unspecified ~

Mother and Child by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Never Be Alone Again by Katee Robert @katee_robert ~ Suspense ~

Night Watchers by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Magical Realism ~

No longer by Steve Green @n/a ~ Science Fiction ~

No Regrets by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Slice of Life ~

Not For a Doomsday Weapon by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Adventure ~

Nutty Days by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Oh! My angels have come to me! by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Literary ~

Party Politics by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Slice of Life ~

People Pies by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Suspense ~

Pixies by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

Quitting’s Hard by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Unspecified ~

Red Shoes by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Remote Control by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Cross Genre ~

Romper Stomper by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Rubies by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Thriller ~

Sacred/Dreams by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~

Say My Name by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Scarf by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

Scorched by Flora @_fl0ra_ ~ Unspecified ~

Self: Fulfilling Prophecy by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Experimental ~

Smooth Revenge by D. Paul Angel @D_PaulAngel ~ Crime ~

Soul Hunter by V R Roadifer @Vandamir ~ Paranormal ~

Sword by Sylvia van Bruggen @sylviavbruggen ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Take That First Step by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

The Anthropomorphic Dog by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Humor ~

The Callback by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Humor ~

The Costco Diet by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Literary ~

The Gondola Ride by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Slice of Life ~

The Green Green Grass of Home by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Science Fiction ~

The House On Kissimmee Avenue by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Horror ~

The Mirror Sees You by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Horror ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 13 1/2 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Nick of Time (and other abrasions): Something by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Paranormal ~

The Philosopher’s Stone by FARfetched @FARfetched58 ~ Fantasy ~

The Pill by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Paranormal ~

The Problem with You by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Slice of Life ~

The Uncleared by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Thriller ~

Two Brothers by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

Under the Dark Moon by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Paranormal ~

Villainy by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Unspecified ~

We’re All Mad Here by Laurita Miller @lauritamiller ~ Horror ~

Weasel’s Headache by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

What You Need by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Science Fiction ~

You Never Know What You’ll Find by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Zedula’s Calling by J.E. Ignatius McNeill @dreamrock ~ Fantasy ~

Zombaiting by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

In The News

Michael J. Solender had two of his short mysteries, ‘Seventy-Two Hours or Less,’ and ‘Pewter Badge‘ nominated for a Derringer Award. The Derringer Award is a prestigious award from Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize authors of merit working in the field. Michael is certainly that. You can read his announcement over at the Not. The winner will be annonced around the end of March. Congratulations, Micahel, and good luck.

Rebecca Emin has a little contest going over at her blog, Ramblings of a Rusty Writer. You can help Rebecca celebrate her upcoming birthday by submitting your short flash (200 words or less) to her Only A Number: Flash Fiction Competition. Your story must include one of the following phrases: ‘It’s only a number’ or ‘It’s just another number’. First prize will be £10 (or equivalent) plus a copy of one of the following (your choice): ‘50 Stories for Pakistan,’ or ‘Shambelurkling and other Stories’ — both anthologies she appears in. Happy upcoming birthday, Rebecca, and good luck with your contest.

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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

We had 61 stories this week with two debuts. Please welcome Gwen Newpenny and Lisamarie Lamb to the wonderful world of Friday Flash.Take a few minutes to drop in on them to read their stories and leave a comment or two. Last week we were late, now this week a bit early (actually, on time, but that happens so rarely that it seems early). At any rate, because I’m posting a bit earlier than a lot of people have become accustomed to I expect we’ll have several additions, so check back later.

If your story is not in the listing please visit the Collector and add the details. Then let me know so I know to add them. Thank you to everyone, authors and readers alike, for participating in Friday Flash. ~jon

The Stories

13 Words Around the Campfire by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Adventure ~

A Day At The Beach by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Slice of Life ~

A house in Pride: PT 9 by Gwen Newpenny @GwenNewPenny ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

A Rude Awakening by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Horror ~

An Evening Walk by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

An Unintended Consequence by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Fantasy ~

Ballad of the bad luck robot by adamkeeper @adamkeeper ~ Science Fiction ~

Bay City Runaway by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Literary ~

Bombs Away: Part 2 by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Action ~

Boy-Cousin: The Marvel by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Slice of Life ~

Brazen & Down Weird Way by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Bullet Time and the Beer Taxi by Adam Maxwell @ISayItsAdam ~ Humor ~

Clock Strikes by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Confessions From An Apocalypse by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Copycat Commute Concerto by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

Crash by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

Date Night by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~

Daughter of the Wind by Katee Robert @katee_robert ~ Fantasy ~

Dead Man’s Hand 1 by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Western ~

Departing Gift by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Fantasy ~

Doctor Crow by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

Down With Einstein! by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Epic by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

Evolution by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Fever Dreams by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

Game On? by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

GONE by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Goodbye by Gaz Hunter @GazHunter ~ Slice of Life ~

Gross Memory by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Science Fiction ~

Her Dog Day’s Just Begun by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

I Watched for 50 Years by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Illusion by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Interplanetary Domination by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

Is There A Balm? by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Slice of Life ~

Lost and Found by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Managing Up by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Horror ~

Meet me at Union Station by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Thriller ~

Memory by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Experimental ~

Nineteen Again by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Nothing by Timothy P. Remp @Tim_Remp_writer ~ Horror ~

Of Death and Smiles by J. Timothy King @JTimothyKing ~ Unspecified ~

Party Scene by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Unspecified ~

Plagiarism ? by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

Regular Ordinary Guy by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Cross Genre ~

Standard Policy by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified ~

The Caretaker by Jeremy Warach @jwarach ~ Unspecified ~

The God Box by D. Paul Angel @D_PaulAngel ~ Paranormal ~

THE LOCAL HEROES: Con! by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Adventure ~

The Lucky Slot Machine by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter Twelve by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

THE POTION PEDDLER by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Historical ~

The Woman Who Loved Men by J. Timothy King @JTimothyKing ~ Romance ~

Torment of Mr. Yellowbelly, The by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

Train Day by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Slice of Life ~

True Power by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

Vinny’s Verdict by David Robinson (Flatcap) @Flatcap_sez ~ Humor ~

We Will Be Happy by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Science Fiction ~

We’re Tight by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Wonky, a story from the world of Claire Morgane by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Yolanda (Part 2) by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Zombies Calling by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Horror ~

In The News

Michael J. Solender debuted his first national feature story. The March edition of Southern Living features his story, “Date Night
in Charlotte.” You can read his announcement over at the Not, and you can read the full length story here (a PDF download). Congratulations, Michael.

I was sorry to miss the launch of Jodi Cleghorn’s newest collection in her Literary Mix Tapes, “Nothing But Flowers.” Still, I can’t let the event go by without a mention. Congratulations, Jodi, and congrats to many Friday Flash writers who I know are included. “Nothing But Flowers” gives a unique take on the old Valentine’s Day theme.  “Nothing But Flowers” will retail at A$4.99    Paperbacks will be for sale in three different currencies: You can buy your copy of “Nothing But Flowers” and support a good cause here. The ebook retails at A$14.99, and the paperback, due out shortly, will retail at US$14.99 and ₤4.99. 100% of the proceeds for both the ebook and treebook versions go to the Grantham Flood Support Fund. Best of luck, Jodi, and congrats to all involved.

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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

We had 71 stories this past week with 2 debuts. Please give Sam Pennington, and G.K. Terence a warm Friday Flash welcome. Be sure to drop by to say hi and leave ‘em a comment.

I’m really late with this report, so I won’t be adding any late comers. If your story is not on the list you can add it to the Collector and I’ll add it to next week’s list which will probably work out better for you anyway. I won’t even make any silly promises about not being late in the future as my nose is quite long enough already. I always have good intentions, but you know where that road leads…

We do have a lot of great news in the news section, so be sure to scroll down past the listings to read up on it. Yes, there will be a quiz. :o
~jon

The Stories

A Boy’s Best Friend by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

A Man Called Truth: The 70′s Job by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Horror ~

Anticipation of Happiness, a short story from the world of Claire Morgane by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Archer by Chance @Chance4321 ~ Humor ~

Being Well Disposed by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Black Hole by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

Boo by David Robinson @DW96 ~ Humor ~

BUNS OF STEEL by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Adventure ~

Butterfly Woman by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Magical Realism ~

Campfire Tales by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Cathedral by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Coffee and Cotton Candy by P.J. Kaiser @pj_kaiser ~ Literary ~

Cup of Via by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Crime ~

Family Matters by A.M. Harte @am_harte ~ Horror ~

Goliath Must Be Slain by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Slice of Life ~

High rollers by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

I’ll Fly Away by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Fantasy ~

In Dreams – Part 2 by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~

In The Eye Of The Beholder by Harry B. Sanderford & Zelda Martin @HBSanderford ~ Humor ~

Jack by Diandra Linnemann @LaCaffeinata ~ Unspecified ~

Just Beyond the Bend by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Humor ~

Larry Goes To The Future by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Letting Go by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Unspecified ~

Lucky Noodle by G. P. Ching @gpching ~ Romance ~

Maneater by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Horror ~

Missed Message by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Suspense ~

Mr. Goliath by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

ORDINARY WONDERS AND BLEAK MIRACLES: Waiting For Zachary by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Romance ~

Other People by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

Our Modern Crusoe by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

QUIZ NIGHT by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Slice of Life ~

Seeing The Shadow by Sam Pennington @SamTales ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Shadows by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Silent Lies by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Slice of Life ~

Simple Geometry by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Paranormal ~

Smokers by Orjan Westin @Cunobaros ~ Slice of Life ~

Snowbathing by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

So I Hear… by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Slice of Life ~

Song of the Sea by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Fantasy ~

Starlight by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~

Stone Cold by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Slice of Life ~

The “Bedtime” Story by Beverly @ TheBevelededge @Bevimus ~ Slice of Life ~

The ‘Oh I Wish I’d Been There’ Club by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

The Artist’s Defence by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Suspense ~

The Beef Quilt by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Humor ~

The Blindside by Michael A Tate @Michael_A_Tate ~ Slice of Life ~

The Conversation by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

The Devil’s Detail by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

The Flower Eaters by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

The Friend I’ve Met by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Literary ~

The Letter by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

The Manager by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Cross Genre ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 10. by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Ouija Board of Love by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

The Perch by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

The Return of the Fire by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Fantasy ~

The Sacrament by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Literary ~

The Sweetest Trolls #12 – The Knight Revealed by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Fantasy ~

The Three PM Bus by Brinda Banerjee @brindabanjee73 ~ Slice of Life ~

The UCF Stories #35: The Key To It All by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Threshold by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

To Victory by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~

Touched by G.K. Terence @GKTerence ~ Paranormal ~

Transformations by J.E. Ignatius McNeill @dreamrock ~ Fantasy ~

Trapped by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

Undead Dentistry by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

when i needed you by John Delgadillo @jcunknown ~ Slice of Life ~

WHITE by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Why’d You Do It, Tommy? by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Winds of Change by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Writing into the Darkness by G.K. Terence @GKTerence ~ Horror ~ Debut

In The News

A. M. Harte is proud to announce her debut ebook release, “Hungry For You”? It is billed as a haunting speculative fiction collection about love and zombies. A number of the stories included are revised or expanded versions some past FridayFlash pieces, but new surprises also await you. You can find more details and a links to the book at the Hungry For You page. Be sure to click through. Congrats, Anna.

Genevieve Ching is happy to announce she now has a deal with DarkSide Publishing. Yes it’s true, Genevieve has gone over to the dark side, and that’s a good thing. She will be joining their cooperative of authors and artists. Her book, “The Soulkeepers” will debut in 2011 under the DarkSide label. For more details about DarkSide Publishing, please visit their website.  Congratulations, Genevieve.

Karen Schindler informs me that both she and Laura Eno have stories in the 2010 edition of 52 Stitches. Karen’s story, Aftertaste, is on page 73 and Laura’s story, Dangerous Premonitions, is on page 44. You can read Karen’s full announcement here. Karen also informs us that the proceeds from the sale of the book are going to go to the trust fund that was set up for Jamie Eyberg’s children. Jamie and his wife died suddenly last year, so it is a most worthy cause.

Speaking of worthy causes, Trevor Belshaw and Jodi Cleghorn are producing a wonderful flash fiction collection, 100 Stories for Queensland, the proceeds of which will go to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. But you already knew that. What you may not have know is that many Friday Flash participants have stories accepted for inclusion in the collection, which just goes to show what a great group of folks you are. At the risk of offending someone via omission, congratulations to Sam Adamson, Tomara Armstrong, Alan Baxter, Stephen Book, Christopher Chartrand, G.P. Ching, Kari Fay, Emma Kerry, Monica Marier, Gracie Motley, Emma Newman, and Julio Ricardo Varela. You have proven yourselves to be both talented and generous with your talents. You are all to be commended.
~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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

Sorry for the lateness of this week’s report. But you know what they say, better late than never. I just got swamped at work and home with projects last week so had no energy to attack the report. Sorry to keep you all waiting.

It was a great week. We had 69 stories including 5 debut participants. Please take the time to give a proper welcome to Dawn Kirby, John Xero (who makes his debut with two), Randal Houle, D.L. Owens, and CheckedOut. Drop in on them and leave some good comments and encouragement.  It’s always wonderful to have new folks join in on the fun.

If your story is not in the listing visit the Collector and add the details. At this late point I’ll hold off and add it to next week’s list, which I hope to get out in a more timely manner. Thanks everyone, writers and readers alike, for participating in #FridayFlash. You’re a terrific crew. ~jon

The Stories

YOU DIRTY RATS by Absolutely*Kate and Harry B Sanderford @AbsolutelyKate ~ Crime ~

Where the hell is Tony’s #FridayFlash? by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Humor ~

Wednesday Night At Home In Front Of The TV by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ ~

Used Brooms by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Humor ~

Used by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~ Debut

Unexpected by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Unspecified ~

Two Very Short Stories by Deborah Bundy @DeborahKBundy ~ Literary ~

The Way It Is by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

The Umbrella Flowers by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

The UCF Stories #34: Twinkle in the Pixies’ Den by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Rehearsal Dinner by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 8 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Heave by Denis Vaughan @inshin ~ Slice of Life ~

The Day The Earth Stood Selfish by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

The Danni by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

The Castle by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Paranormal ~

The Best Defense by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

The Audition by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Slice of Life ~

That Faithful Friend by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Slice of Life ~

TERRACE-ORISM by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Slice of Life ~

Table Saw Slam by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Slice of Life ~

Run With It #4 by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Unspecified ~

Riding pillion by Amanda Scotney @rasplemjelly ~ Unspecified ~

Power’s Sunday Slam by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Literary ~

Platter and Glance by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Literary ~

Phases by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Peace in Paradise by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Literary ~

Pan by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~ Debut

P Is For Peter Who Peeked At The Pixies by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Fantasy ~

No one, Really by Randal Houle @randalhoule ~ Literary ~ Debut

Nebi’s Secret by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Horror ~

My Friend by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Mount Tamalpais by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Magical Realism ~

Medushair by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Magical Realism ~

Master by D.L. Owens @keikomushi ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Love like a Shark by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~ Debut

Live Dangerously by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Humor ~

Lily Lillian by Jodi Cleghorn @jodicleghorn ~ Slice of Life ~

Like a Bullet in the Back by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Paranormal ~

Left To Their Own Devices by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Science Fiction ~

Killer Idea by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Just a Man by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Unspecified ~

In the Wings by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Slice of Life ~

In Absentia Luci by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Fantasy ~

I Talk to Dead People by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Paranormal ~

Hunger by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

Humble Abode by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Heroes Wanted (Conclusion) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

Hell Hath No Fury by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Horror ~

Greener Fields by Gary Harmon @Gary_Harmon ~ Humor ~

Glacial Meltdown by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Suspense ~

Gemma by Janet Aldrich (TEC4) @TEC4_Cleveland ~ Magical Realism ~

Gelatinized by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Gambler’s Fallacy by Tiffany Herr @herrvoice ~ Slice of Life ~

Flight of the Raven Part 2 by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Diary by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Delirium by Beverly @ TheBevelededge @Bevimus ~ Unspecified ~

Cold Summer by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Literary ~

Coffee and Cigarettes by Anneke Klein @Labarca ~ Unspecified ~

Cautionary Tale by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

Better To Have Loved and Lost by G.P. Ching @gpching ~ Romance ~

Art & Crafts Home by Brinda Banerjee @brindabanjee73 ~ Magical Realism ~

An Introduction to Jill by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Paranormal ~ Debut

Alchemy by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

A Viking In The Kitchen by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

A Typical Night’s Sleep by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Humor ~

A man’s need by Steve Green @n/a ~ Science Fiction ~

A Good Day by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

A bit of a blur by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

In the News

The prolific and talented Larua Eno is interviewed over at A Moment With Mystee. That gal gets around. Seems she’s always popping up somewhere. So, for more insights into Laura’s inner workings and her approach to writing drop in and read what she has to say. She can be quite inspiring. Nice interview, Laura.

One last reminder as the deadline draws near — 100 Stories for Queensland is accepting submissions thru Friday, the 28th of January. If you have a well edited story between 500 and 1000 words in length get you to their submission form before it is too late.  Be sure to read the submission guidelines before submitting but note that stories you have posted previously as a Friday Flash are eligible. What a deal.

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.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

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