Contests

 

I really don’t want to be here – thirty-six years old and waiting for my blind date to arrive. Three guys have already hit on me. I suppose it’s to be expected at The Nest, the newest hot spot in midtown. The tall blond guy just can’t seem to understand, “No.” He’s got rugged good looks, one of those types that thinks he’s God’s gift to women.

“Listen,” I finally tell him, “I’m meeting someone. A guy.”

The bartender catches his eye and gives him the “You’re out!” sign. The guy finally goes away.

“Some people don’t get subtle,” the bartender says. “Can I get you another Jack?”

I swirl the bourbon around my ice and shake my head, no. The last thing I want is to get drunk. God I wish my friends would stop trying to help me.

Someone approaches me from the side, tentative steps. That’s usually the sign. I look up and see Mister Right, at least according to Karen’s description. Five-nine if he’s lucky (that would be ‘kind of tall’ in Karen speak), beginnings of a middle-aged pouch (‘not too heavy’), streaks of gray already lightening his darker brown hair (‘distinguished looking’ – I have them all down). He’s in bluejeans, collared tight-checked shirt, and a burgundy sweater vest.

“Sally?”

The poor guy looks downright scared, so I give him the best smile as I can muster.

“You must be Mike?”

As he takes the seat next to me God’s Gift walks past, pointedly bumping into my stool. I look up to see him smirking. He mimes a gag with his finger as he heads for the door. My loss. Yeah, good riddance.

We move from the bar to a booth and spend the next half hour trying to think up interesting things to say. He likes classical music. I’m lucky I’ve even heard of Beethoven. I like rock climbing. He’s afraid of heights. We both like Karen. Well, at least we have something in common.

Finally he leans close, looks around to make sure nobody is within earshot. He fumbles with his napkin.

“You know, Sally, you seem very nice.” There is a long pause. Since I’m not sure where this is going I’m not helping out here. At last he looks up, starts to reach out for my hand, withdraws just as quickly. “Listen. I really like Karen, and I do appreciate her trying to help me out, but… please don’t ever tell her this… I’m gay.”

I sit back, stunned. The whole world suddenly seems hilarious. I start to laugh and he starts getting defensive. Then I reach out and take his hand.

“Really? So am I.”

His face moves from shock to puzzlement to wonder in a matter of seconds. We both start laughing and cutting up about Karen, reminiscing about all the failed blind dates she’s hooked us up with. The next four hours were the most fun blind date I’ve ever had. I’m sure Mike feels the same. In fact we’re going out again next weekend on a double. I’m bringing Tina and he’ll bring his friend Jerry. We’ll have a blast. Karen will be so pleased.

~
© 2011 by J. M. Strother, all rights reserved.

Photo by Ian Murphy via Flickr Creative Commons, attribution license.

 

I am the guest blogger over at #AmWriing today. If you are looking for my #FridayFlash you will find it over there by the gracious consent of Johanna Harness. The story, Lady In White, also serves as an example for the upcoming Name That Horror Movie Contest we’re having at Friday Flash Dot Org. So head over to #AmWriting and see if you can find the movie title hidden somewhere therein. If you guess it properly in the comment area at #AmWriting you may even win a prize.

My #FridayFlash last week, Room With a View, was also an example for the Name That Horror Movie Contest. Did you catch the movie title in it? No? Well, go back and read it again. The same prize standards hold for it as the one over at #AmWriting. Yes, that means you have to visit Johanna’s site to find out what they are. I’m a sneaking little ba… guy. And next week’s #FridayFlash will also be an example story for the NTHM Contest. Will there be prizes next week? You’ll have to check back to see. ;)

~jon

 

Marines in Saddams palaceI caught a fascinating conversation yesterday on NPR during my drive home. Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan was speaking to Mark Bowden, the author of Blackhawk Down, about a writing project being sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Being from Missouri I naturally perked up my ears.

The project is called Missouri Warrior Writers Project, which consists of a series of writers workshops and educational resources for active duty service members and veterans of the Afgan and Iraq conflicts, as well as for their families. Some, if not all, of the workshops are already over. However, there is also a three-part writing contest with a deadline of December 30, 2011. The three categories are poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Bowden will judge the nonfiction. All entries will be considered for inclusion in an anthology – Holding Each Elephant’s Tail: Voices from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Winners will be announced by April 1, 2012.

Both Bowden and many of the callers on the show pointed out the benefits of writing about their wartime experiences. Many found it therapeutic, a way to come to grips with their emotions. Some said they were not yet ready to confront their emotions this way, but might do so some day. At least one caller believed doing so saved his life. The show was quite moving. You can read a short synopsis of it at The Talk of the Nation website or listen to the show in it’s entirety. I highly recommend it.

When I got home I immediately tried to run down some details to share with the #FridayFlash community, specifically the link to the project page. I after reading the page I was still a little  confused as to who could participate. It started out with “Missouri’s professional writing community is reaching out to our state’s veterans to give them an opportunity to reflect on their service,” making it sound like it may be for Missouri veterans only. But later there is a  “call for submissions for its national anthology of writing by veterans and active military service personnel of Afghanistan and Iraq about their wartime experience.” I suspected my confusion was that the workshops were held in Missouri, and therefore Missouri centric, but the contest was for everyone in the US Armed Forces and its veterans.

So I wrote to the contact address for clarification. Kelli Allen, Director of Development for the Missouri Warrior Writers Project, replied very quickly with the clarification I was hoping for – the contest is open nation wide.

She said in part, “Yes, the anthology is open to all veterans and active duty involved with Iraq and Afghanistan. … The call for submissions is national and we would be thrilled if you would pass along the information about submission to your organization.”

I know Friday Flash writers are  broad based and far reaching. There may be some participants who qualify for this contest. If not, you surely know of someone who does and you can pass the information on to them.

~jon

Photo from Wikipedia, originally from the USMC.

 
A Beagle sleeping on a couch

Worn Out

I posted my story for the Friday Flash Writer’s Pets Contest. This picture of Max is the one that goes with the story, Worn Out. There are still a few hours left to get your entries in. Just post a pet pic on the #FridayFlash Facebook Pets Album and your short flash on the Friday Flash Contest Group page. Look for voting to begin soon.

~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

 

I think #FridayFlash got hit by the double whammy of NaNoWriMo and the Thanksgiving holiday this week. We only had 45 stories this week with just one debut. My hat’s off to all of you who managed to get a flash posted despite all the other priorities of life pulling at you, particularly anyone who managed to pull it off while also honing in on the NaNo deadline. Now don’t forget to please welcome our debut writer, Ramsey Lyons, to the #FridayFlash community. Head on over to his site, but you may not want to take your leftover turkey, he’s probably as sick of turkey as I am by now. I’m sure a warm plate of brownies would be most appreciated.

If your story is not in the listing please go to the Collector and add the details. Then tell me it’s there via DM or email, and I’ll add it to the list. Be sure to check out the news — some very exciting stuff down there.

The Stories

Unsettled Murmurs by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

The UCF Stories #30: The Bishop of Rosedene by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Postcard by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

THE LOCAL HEROES: Ragnarok Friday by AlBruno III @albruno3 ~ Adventure ~

The Lady Medusa by Christopher Bell @ChrisBell85 ~ Fantasy ~

The Great Chocolate Conspiracy Episode 13 by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Humor ~

the Friendly Confines by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Slice of Life ~

THANKSGIVING by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Still Up by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

She Said Nothing by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

Run With It 2 by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Suspense ~

Rule Breaker by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Science Fiction ~

Roadkill by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Rescue by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Unspecified ~

Prelude: Boy at the Edge of the World by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Fantasy ~

Penitence by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Pearls From The Past by Louise Dragon @WeezelWords ~ Horror ~

One Minute Here by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Unspecified ~

Not The Man I Married by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ Unspecified ~

Navel Gazing by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Experimental ~

More. by Daine Salmon @Sayer ~ Science Fiction ~

Metalwork Horse by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Me, Myself and You by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Science Fiction ~

Mad Skills by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Horror ~ Debut

Larry The Football Fixer by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

ILLUMINATI AT THE AIRPORT by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Unspecified ~

I Am With You by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Unspecified ~

Homecoming Pigeon by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Fantasy ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 2) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

Grandma’s Curious Curio by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Give And Take by Harry B. Sanderfod @HBSanderford ~ Humor ~

Denial: Sea Born by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Magical Realism ~

Deathmatch by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Humor ~

CORPSE WARS: Attack of the Crones episode four by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Horror ~

Cloud by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Chestnut Hollow by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Horror ~

CD by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Unspecified ~

Cabin Fever by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Slice of Life ~

Better Than Blood by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Cross Genre ~

Benjamin Smithers by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Humor ~

Ballet Dance by Susan May @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Bad Mood by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

At Last, The Sex Scene by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Accidental Cop by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Humor ~

A useful death by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

In The News

The BOFF

The BOFF

I am very happy to announce that at long last the Best of Friday Flash – Volume One is out in print. After going ten rounds in the ring with CreateSpace I finally scored a technical knock out and got the job done. The BOFF, as it affectionately know, is now available as an ebook from SmashWords, and as a 6×10 paperback from both CreateSpace and Amazon. Just follow the links to get the BOFF in your preferred format and from your vendor of choice. I will tell you we make more money if the book is bought from SmashWords or CreateSpace than from Amazon, but the choice is up to you.

We have never really been in this to make money, but to use Friday Flash as a vehicle to promote our writing efforts and to build readership. To this end I felt it was more important to keep the list price as low as possible while not losing money, which we manage to do at $7.99. At that price we clear a nickle (US) with each copy sold via Amazon, so at least no one can accuse us of price gouging.

I’ll write a follow up post later this week detailing the trials and tribulations of getting this puppy put to bed. It’s been a long and at times frustrating ride, but so very satisfying in the end. Thank you all so much for participating, both contributers to the BOFF, and readers and contributors to the weekly #FridayFlash. You are the best writing community I’ve ever had the pleasure to associate with.

Journey’s End Contest Results:

One again the random number fairy dropped by, late from sleeping off all that turkey, and picked five winners of the Journey’s End contest. The five winners random picked from her champaign glass were: Tony Noland, Emma Newman, Estrella Azul, Donald Conrad, and Laura Eno. The prize for winning this contest was supposed to be an ebook copy of the BOFF, but as contributing authors to the BOFF they are already entitled to an ebook copy, and that prize just doesn’t seem all that sporting to me. So instead I am substituting an Amazon gift certificate to cover the cost of the paperback version of the BOFF, plus a penny toward the shipping, making it an even $8.00 (US). Congratulations all.

Of course the real winners of the Journey’s End contest were the #FridayFlash authors who got the nod in the comments for posting terrific flash fiction. So a round of applause please for all these terrific contributors (the envelope please): Laura Eno, Shannon Esposito, Peg McFarland, Tony Noland, Sam Adamson, Tomara Armstrong, Catherine Russell, Maria Protopapadaki-Smith, Dan Powell, Angie Capozello, Johanna Harness, Monica Marier, and of course the most nominated contributor, ‘To Many to Lst‘, which is so true. Thank you all for contributing to the #FridayFlash. You make it all worth while.
~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 sixty stories this week, with two debuts. Please welcome Gigi Vernon and Trevor Belshaw to the #FridayFlash community. If your story does not appear in the listing below, please visit the Collector and add the details, then let me know it has been added. I’ll be happy to update the list.

We’re a little shy on the news this week (but still with some great news). Don’t forget, if you have news items, send them to me. Email, Facebook messages, and tweets all work for me. At a minimum I need the type of news, the name of the person(s) involved, and a link to the relevant page (if any), and any drop dead dates that might be involved.

The Stories

A Different Lover by Michelle Ristuccia @mrsmica ~ Unspecified ~

A Ride on the Google Plane by Jason Sullivan @jas_chronicles ~ Unspecified ~

All We Knew by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Romance ~

An Unfortunate Dog Walking Incident (Farley’s Wife Told Him So) by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

Attention to detail by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

Ayers Rock, By God by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Science Fiction ~

Back in the Saddle by S. May @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Benefit Song by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Contemplation by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~

CORPSE WARS Attack of the Crones episode three by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Humor ~

Crimson Sacrifices by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Unspecified ~

Easy by Daine Salmon @Sayer ~ Science Fiction ~

Eliminations by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Crime ~

Generations by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Grandpa’s Final Moments by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

Growl and Thump by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Slice of Life ~

Hammerfall by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Hands by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Romance ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 1) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

Hollow by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Slice of Life ~

I OWE MY SOUL TO THE COMPANY STORE by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Humor ~

It’s That Feeling… by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Slice of Life ~

Lost in Suomi by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Lost in Translation by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

Lost in Translation by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Experimental ~

Man in the Bar by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Literary ~

Maresdaenia by Allie @Allie_Wilde ~ Fantasy ~

Missing by Amy Taylor @adastrapoetry ~ Slice of Life ~

Passion by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Slice of Life ~

Penetrating the enemy by Jim Dempsey @jimdempsey ~ Humor ~

Rainy Rendezvous: Episode 2 The Whistle by P.J. Kaiser @pj_kaiser ~ Unspecified ~

Rational Thoughts by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Slice of Life ~

Run with It #1 by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Unspecified ~

Seeking Advice by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Science Fiction ~

Shooting Jelly With a Shotgun by Adam Maxwell @ISayItsAdam ~ Humor ~

Shopping by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Horror ~

Spaced Out by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Science Fiction ~

Sun, Moon, & Stars by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

That Old Spark (slightly racy) by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

The Best Homework Excuse Ever by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Humor ~

The Corner Store by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

The Future: Heartbreak Is Epidemic by Harry B. Sanderford @Harry B. Sanderford ~ Romance ~

The Getaway by Gigi Vernon @GigiVernon ~ Crime ~ Debut

The Instant Message Machine. by Trevor Belshaw @tbelshaw ~ Steampunk ~ Debut

The Looks Between by Martha Williams @marthawriting ~ Slice of Life ~

The Real Fun of Vivian Darkbloom by Christian Bell @christianbell37 ~ Unspecified ~

The UCF Stories #29: Resurrection by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Vampire Plan by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

Transitions by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Science Fiction ~

Trapped by S. May @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Turkey And Organza — A Larry Thanksgiving by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Tutor, Unrequited by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Uknown Songs and Thegan by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

Vampires in the Jungle by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Vertigo by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Suspense ~

Wake by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Suspense ~

Walled Flowers by Lyn Thorne-Alder @LynThorneAlder ~ Unspecified ~

What’s in A Name? by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

You Can Say Anything You Want On The Internet by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

ZIG ZAG ZIEGFELD by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Slice of Life ~

In The News

Congratulations to John Wiswell, who celebrates the third year anniversary of his blog, The Bathroom Monologues. That is quite a milestone. Here’s to three years and many many more, John. Your unique style and wit never disappoints.  Drop by and give John your personal congrats. Here’s a link to his anniversary post.  You’ll also find a little contest you won’t want to miss — but you need to hurry.

This is also the year and a half mark for #FridayFlash. Thank you all for continuing to make it such a terrific community to be involved in. ~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 the Report is late this week but I was on the road to help celebrate my sister’s wedding. Glad to report the wedding went off without a hitch though my knee may never be the same. That’s a different story for a different day.

As to FridayFlash, we had a great week with 81 stories in the Collector as of press time including 9 debuts. Please welcome Vincent Eaton, Zelda Martin, Dave Graham, Danielle Tauscher, Amelia Stone, Adam Maxwell, Kathryn Eastman, Amy McLane, and Raven Corinn Carluk to the ranks of FridayFlash. Drop by their websites, read their stories, and leave an encouraging comment.

If your story is not in this listing please visit the Collector and add your details. Then give me a nudge to let me know it’s there if you’d like it added to this week’s report. Otherwise it will show up next week by default, so it won’t be lost in the ether either way. Also, be sure to check out the news just beneath the listing, we have a lot of news this week.

The Stories

A Girl With Brains by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Horror ~

A Halloween Scare by Brainhaze @brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

After All These Years by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ ~

An Indelible Design by J. Timothy King @JTimothyKing ~ Unspecified ~

Aphrodite by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ ~

Art in Public Places by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Slice of Life ~

Asking for Absolution by Lyn Thorne-Alder @LynThorneAlder ~ Unspecified ~

Beauty Secret by Cathryn Louis @cathrynlouis ~ Unspecified ~

Breathless by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Unspecified ~

Bucket by Dave Graham @dakegra ~ Science Fiction ~ Debut

Buried by Shannon Esposito @soesposito ~ Horror ~

By the Light by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Horror ~

Cat Games by Sarah Hendrix @shadowflame1974 ~ Fantasy ~

Caveat Emptor by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Class of 1990 by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

Compatriots (3 of 3) by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ ~

Confession of a Vampire by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Horror ~

Crash by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ ~

Dance With the Dead by David G Shrock @dracotorre ~ Horror ~

Death or Undeath by Amelia stone @Amelia_writes ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

DOORS by Danielle Tauscher @storybydt ~ ~ Debut

Dropped Stones, Skimmed Skin by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Literary ~

Graveyard Dance by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Horror ~

Guan Yin by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Fantasy ~

Hia Breoedd, Part #4 by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

Horizon by Stephen Parolini @noveldoctor ~ Literary ~

In The Between by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Cross Genre ~

In Transit by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Experimental ~

Indentured Servitude by E. D. Johnson @geektreasure ~ Literary ~

Jessie’s Turn by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Cross Genre ~

Killing the Furniture by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~ Debut

Life Skills by Lauren Cude @NA ~ Magical Realism ~

Literary Cage Fight by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Humor ~

Mariana’s New Lover by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Romance ~

Mom’s Phone by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Horror ~

Near Miss by Laurita Miller @LauritaMiller ~ Horror ~

New feet by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Magical Realism ~

Night of the Hunter’s Moon by Pamela Jo @TheresJustLife ~ Fantasy ~

No Laughing Matter by Adam Maxwell @ISayItsAdam ~ Humor ~ Debut

On Borrowed Wings by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Passage of Darkness by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Suspense ~

Peaches by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

People Want Dark Fiction by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Thriller ~

Pterodon Drilling by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Science Fiction ~

Quid Pro Quo by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Cross Genre ~

Red Ball by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

RED LIGHT SPECIAL by Amy McLane @smolderingink ~ Cross Genre ~ Debut

Reminisce Once Too Often by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

(running away with me) by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ Horror ~

Secure Facility Seven by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Horror ~

Septum Elementum: Aeris [excerpt] by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Fantasy ~

Slaves by Steve Green @n/a ~ Science Fiction ~

SNOWSTORM by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Stingray by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Story Hunter by Benjamin Solah @benjaminsolah ~ Literary ~

Sub Two by W. M. Dowis @billdowis ~ Unspecified ~

Succubus by A.S. Boudreau @ASBoudreau ~ Unspecified ~

Sweet Talk by Zelda Martin & Harry B. Sanderford @Harry B. Sanderford ~ Humor ~ Debut

The Art of Listening by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

The Big C by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Slice of Life ~

The Cosmologist’s Hangover by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

The Digital Revolution by J.E. Ignatius McNeill @dreamrock ~ Science Fiction ~

The Empath by Raven Corinn Carluk @ravencorinn ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

The Great Chocolate Conspiracy: Episode 8 by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Crime ~

The Hunter by Laura Rachel Fox @LostLibraryGirl ~ Thriller ~

The Inheritance by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

THE LOCAL HEROES: Escape From Pickman’s Grove by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Adventure ~

The Man In The Barn by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Slice of Life ~

The Peeping Parisian by Chance @Chance4321 ~ Humor ~

The Perfect Silence of the Night Episode 3 by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Horror ~

The Priest Hole by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Horror ~

The Problem With Folks These Days by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Humor ~

The Transformation of Major Jack Garrison by Keith Dugger @KeithDugger ~ ~

The UCF Stories #25: Escape and Banishment by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Thoki & Lor 6 (honor among jerks) by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Fantasy ~

Unchosen by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Experimental ~

Verbosity’s Vengeance by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Humor ~

Waiting for Don Juan by Kathryn Eastman @katheastman ~ Historical ~ Debut

Walking With Lady by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Wasps by David Garrett @carpedavid ~ Horror ~

We’ll Just Talk About The Murder by Pamila Payne @mspamila ~ Crime ~

In the News

J. Dane Tyler will be celebrating the launch of his new release “A Moonlit Stroll” at a fabulous virtual book launch on Monday, October 25 on Facebook. Be sure to drop in and wish him well. Congratulations, JD. Best of luck with the release.

Seems things are always popping over at the NOT. Michael J. Solender is holding another round of the Feast Of Flash Contest this year.  The theme is “Thankfulness” and it is completely open to your interpretation. The winner will have $100 donated to the charity of their choice. Runners Up will have their stories published on the NOT the week of Thanksgiving. Be sure to check out the details.

Jim Bronyaur is working up another round of the 12 Days of Christmas Project again for this year. The submissions are open and there are still some choice days to pick from. Visit the 12 Days 2010 page for details on how to participate and follow the project on Twitter as  #12days2010.

Gloria Oliver had her short story “Art” accepted for inclusion in Norilana Books’ new anthology “Ladies of Trade Town.” You can read more about it on the Beacon News. The anthology is currently scheduled for release in July of 2011. Congratulations, Gloria!

Remember, The Great Chocolate Conspiracy continues over at Danielle La Paglia’s blog with Episode 8 in the blog tour. The next installment will appear on Friday, October 29th at Icy Sedgwick’s blog. You can keep up with developments in the meantime by following the #GtChocCo hashtag on Twitter.

Also, remember to vote for the best Canadian culture and literature blog. I would never dream to tell you how to vote, so check out the particulars over at the Canadian Blog Awards webpage.  Or visit Laurita Miller’s fine blog, Brain Droppings, for a direct link to the poll.

Finally, my tech guru Susan Chambless sent me news that Barns and Noble has launched its own publishing arm with the perhaps unfortunate name of PubIt. For those of you who self publish, this is yet another outlet you can use to get your titles in front of readers. Check out the details on the PubIt home page.

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

 

Ahoy! We had eighty stories this week me buckoes, including two debuts. Please welcome JY Yang and Steve Green to the Friday Flash crew. Be sure to visit their sites and set a spell. As always we had stories representing every genre and style. This week we had several pirate tales to help celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day, which was yesterday, the 19th of September. So break out the rum me mateys, and sit down to some powerful good yarns.

Considering the late date of this report, if your story is not in the list, go ahead and add it to the Collector, but I’ll roll it into next week’s Report. I’ll try to be more timely next week as well. Also, make sure you check out the community news just below the listing — there are exciting developments to share.

The Stories

Zed: Zombie Hunter by Anthony Deaver @anthonydeaver ~ Humor ~

Where The Streets Have No Name by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Horror ~

Time Stop by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Steampunk ~

Through His Eyes by Denis Vaughan @inshin ~ Slice of Life ~

Third Time’s The Charm by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

There She Is… by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Theology by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Cross Genre ~

The UCF Stories #20: Lady Mandrake by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Treatise by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Cross Genre ~

The Tooth Fairy by Benjamin Solah @benjaminsolah ~ Horror ~

The Great Chocolate Conspiracy #3 by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

The First Time We Met by Crystal Boudreau @beingcrys ~ Horror ~

The Family Homestead by Michelle Dennis Evans @michelledevans ~ Slice of Life ~

The Desert Knows My Name by Chance @chance4321 ~ Historical ~

The Day Moon by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Science Fiction ~

Temptation by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Slice of Life ~

Tales of Monsoon and Adventure by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Slice of Life ~

Still? by VL Sheridan @NA ~ Unspecified ~

Spiritual Problems by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Sloth by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Unspecified ~

Shirts and Skins by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

Ship Ahoy by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Steampunk ~

Shark Cafe by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

Shadows in the Hall by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Thriller ~

Seating Plan by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

Rose Colored Glasses by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Experimental ~

Releasing Cora, Part 4 of 5 by P.J. Kaiser @pj_kaiser ~ Fantasy ~

Real Threats by Bernard S. Jansen @bernardsjansen ~ Humor ~

Raising Pirates by Laura @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~

Quitting Jim Shields by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Preparations by Katherine Nabity @Katen ~ Unspecified ~

Portal 7298 by Louise Dragon @WeezelWords ~ Science Fiction ~

Popped by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Pale Kiss by David G Shrock @dracotorre ~ Slice of Life ~

Out of the Closet by G. P. Ching @gpching ~ Magical Realism ~

One Helluva Party by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Fantasy ~

On Dying by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Cross Genre ~

No Such Thing by A.S. Boudreau @ASBoudreau ~ Unspecified ~

No Songs Left by Pamila Payne @mspamila ~ Cross Genre ~

Mummy by Everett Maroon @EverettMaroon ~ Magical Realism ~

Miss Sella Don’t Know Much by Kat DelRio @katdelrio ~ Slice of Life ~

Merph’s Fog by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Long Beach Diner by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Slice of Life ~

Lobster… with a Side of Crab Cakes by Jim Bronyaur @jimbronyaur ~ Crime ~

Leftovers pt 2 by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

la Petite fee Souris by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Fantasy ~

Jokerman by Christian Bell @christianbell37 ~ Unspecified ~

J.P. Worthett, PI by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Humor ~

Indefinable by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Magical Realism ~

In the Early Days by Kim Batchelor @Kim_Batchelor ~ Suspense ~

I’m still here by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Slice of Life ~

I Can See Clearly by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Humor ~

Hot Water by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Slice of Life ~

Heaven Holds a Place by Travis King @travisking ~ Horror ~

Happiness is Not a Constant Thing by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Groundskeeper by JY Yang @mizhalle ~ Magical Realism ~ Debut

Gratitude Pill by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Humor ~

Gavin III: The Undiscovered Gavin by Isabel Joely Black @TheCharmQuark ~ Humor ~

From The Murky Depths by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

For Dave by Cathy Olliffe @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Filled with the Spirit by Laurita Miller @lauritamiller ~ Humor ~

Field Goal Attempt by Melissa D. Johnston @melissa_djohnst ~ Slice of Life ~

Feeding Time by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

Embrangled by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Slice of Life ~

Duty Before Self by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Dust by Elijah Toten @authoreit ~ Unspecified ~

DIVORCE YOUR LOVED ONE WITH DIGNITY by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Literary ~

Dimes by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Slice of Life ~

Dark Roast by Jeremy Warach @jwarach ~ Unspecified ~

Cabin Fever by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Cross Genre ~

Blood Money by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Horror ~

Beam Me Up by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Science Fiction ~

Autumn’s City by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Angel on the Roof by Carrie Clevenger @carrieclevenger ~ Humor ~

A Zombie’s tale by Steve Green @N/A ~ Horror ~ Debut

A payment on Friendship by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A Mistake by Laura Rachel Fox @lostlibrarygirl ~ Fantasy ~

A Man Of HIs Word by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Adventure ~

A Bedtime Story by Harry B. Sanderford @Harry B. Sanderford ~ Slice of Life ~

212 South Crouse Avenue by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

In the News

We have really exciting news this week what with prize winning authors, book releases, and a new book store. It’s always great to see members of the Friday Flash community find new levels of success.

Dan Powell won the 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize, in the short story category, with his story ‘Half-mown Lawn.’ It is a longer, more developed version of the original friday flash story of the same name which appears in The Best of Friday Flash. You can read Dan’s announcement on his website. Needless to say, he was a bit excited. Also be sure to check out the Yeovil website for more details on this prestigious annual competition and to read about the other winners. Congratulations, Dan, you’ve done the Friday Flash community proud.

Monica Marier, known as @lil_monmon on Twitter, just released her debut novel, ‘Must Love Dragons.’ It is available from Hunt Press on Lulu, in both ebook and print form. Congratulations, Monica, and much success with your debut offering — may there be many more to come.

Angie Capozello, @techtigger on Twitter, sends word that The Penny Dreadful has launched a new bookstore.  Some Friday Flash regulars have new books out, including Larua Eno and Monica Marier. More authors and titles are coming soon. At The Penny Dreadful 100% of sales go directly to the authors. According to Angie, they built the bookstore because the writing is awesome, and TPD wants to help promote these authors. Congrats on the new bookstore and to the authors who are part of it.

If you have news about, for, or of interest to the Friday Flash community please let me know. I’m happy to help spread 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

 
The BOFF is out!

The BOFF is out!

Well, after several anxious moments this morning, I finally have the Best of Friday Flash – Volume One out the door. Yes, it’s true. The BOFF is now available on Smashwords, for $2.99. It looks pretty good, and successfully converted to all supported formats. I’m not too sure on the formatting on some of them, and don’t have an ebook reader to check others, but I thought it turned out pretty well. More on the trials and tribulations in a later post, this is a time to party.

Please help yourself to some of the hors d’oeuvres, have a little of the Champagne (over 21 only – we card). It’s been a long time coming and I am definitely in a parting mood.

To help celebrate, I am going to periodically give away some books (yea, books at a book launch — go figure) during the day. Just leave a comment on this post, then three times today, at random times (including tonight so that we include folks on the other side of the world) I pick a random number. We’ll have three winners. Each winner will receive a copy of the BOFF and a copy of one of our participating author’s novels. A chance for two books for the price of… a comment. How sweet is that?

The prize pool includes Strange New Feet, by Shannon Esposito (who leads off the BOFF with Her Migration), RealmShift, by Alan Baxter, and Prophecy Moon by Laura Eno. Of course you’ll get The BOFF too. Check out the full Table of Contents, or just click on the picture up top to go directly to SmashWords to sample or buy now.

So come on in. Grab a brew, have some chips. We have book!
~jon

Book Launch Party – Day Two

Wow, you guys really know how to party. We’ve been rocking all night and still the music plays on. Just want to let you know you are not too late. There will be a final drawing for a door prize this afternoon (Wednesday) sometime around 4 US Central time, so keep those comments coming. My thanks to all of you who have dropped by with well wishes and party treats, and to everyone who has helped spread the word on the Web.
~jon

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