#fridayflash report

 

My story, “The Rains Come Down,” is featured over on the #amwriting Blog today. It examines the theme of grace and dignity in the face of adversity. I hope you’ll go over to read it.

~jon

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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.

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~jon

 

Sorry this is so late. One thing lead to another this week and somehow the Friday Flash Report was always the one thing to take the hit. Given how late this is I am not running a news section in this issue as I simply don’t have time to rustle up the news items and still get this thing out within the right week. :o

This week we have 76 stories with 4 debuts. Please welcome Tony Schumacher, Seb Kirby, Katee Robert and Marni Mann to the Friday Flash community. Drop by their place for a cup of joe and a good yarn, and leave ‘em a comment for their trouble. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. I’ll try and be more timely next week but am no longer foolish enough to make promises. Also, I hope to have some major announcements soon.

As always, if your story is not in the listing please visit the Collector and add the details. Since it is so late in the week I’ll hold over any late arrivals for next week’s report. Thank you all for participating.
~jon

The Stories

2 AM Fix by Seleste deLaney @SelestedeLaney ~ Horror ~

2049 by Tony Schumacher @tonyshoey ~ Romance ~ Debut

A Man Called Truth, Pt. 2: Lamentations by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Cross Genre ~

A Thief in the Night by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

A Thing for Brunettes by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

Absent Hobbes by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Slice of Life ~

And They Lived by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Romance ~

Before Valentine by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Magical Realism ~

Bespoke by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Humor ~

Blast from the Past by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Blooming Howls by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Paranormal ~

Bombs Away – Part 1 by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Action ~

Brumathick by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~

CHARLIE + MABEL by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Romance ~

Complex Geometry by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Horror ~

Control by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Fantasy ~

DAY ONE by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Fantasy ~

DEAD STOP by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Slice of Life ~

Death & Happiness by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Fantasy ~

Desire ~ For Jim by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Romance ~

Dream a Little Dream by Anneke Klein @Rammenas ~ Unspecified ~

Everything’s Coming Up Roses by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Suspense ~

Fandango by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Slice of Life ~

Final Pilgrimage by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Literary ~

First kiss…. by Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor ~ Romance ~

Found – at your fingertips by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Cross Genre ~

Frozen – Three Stories, One Title by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Experimental ~

Game, Set and Match by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Mystery ~

Godiva Undone by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Help Me by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Unspecified ~

If you by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Literary ~

Jeremy Spoke in Class Today by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Humor ~

Kill Mommy by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Literary ~

Kindred spirits by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

Leap of Faith by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Science Fiction ~

Lose That Face by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Cross Genre ~

LOTUS by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Magdalena by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Magical Realism ~

Massive Nights by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Misty Lake by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Unspecified ~

Mother’s Ruin by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Humor ~

New Management by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Nightingale by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Pies by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Humor ~

Planned Checkout by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Slice of Life ~

Pride by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Slice of Life ~

Revolutin by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Adventure ~

Saved by a Hare’s Breath by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

Seeing by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Paranormal ~

She fell by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

Shiny New Pants by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Humor ~

Shiver by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

Snatch by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Horror ~

Solid Moments by A.M. Harte @am_harte ~ Slice of Life ~

Something Old, Something New by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

Tahrir by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Take No More by Seb Kirby @Seb_Kirby ~ Thriller ~ Debut

Talk to Me by G.K. Terence @GKTerence ~ Horror ~

The Blue Versus the Grays by D. Paul Angel @D_PaulAngel ~ Science Fiction ~

The Bully by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Slice of Life ~

The Cliff Dwellings Part 2: The Moon Flute Player by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

The Fight by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Slice of Life ~

The Final Coda by Katee Robert @katee_robert ~ Horror ~ Debut

THE MANLY ADVENTURES OF ABNER DEGGENT: The Sultan’s Challenge by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Action ~

The Moment it all Changed by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Literary ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 11. by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Sitters by Denis Vaughan @inshin ~ Humor ~

The Sweetest Trolls #13 – Two Little Devils by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Fantasy ~

The Time Out by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

The UCF Stories #36: Reconstruction by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Tiger Valentine by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Uncharted Territory by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Humor ~

Valentines in the Snow by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Writer’s Block by Marni Mann @MarniMann ~ Unspecified ~ Debut

Yolanda (Part 1?) by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

You Dare by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Experimental ~

The wrap

I hope to have a return to the news next week. Remember to send in your good news items. I can take them as messages on Twitter or Facebook, and at jmstro @ gmail . com.

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

 

We had 80 stories this week with 7 debuts. Please welcome Splintered Lands, Magaly Guerrero, Lindsey Chapman, Flora, Lauren Sweetman , Chuck Allen, and Thomas Pluck to the wonderful world of Friday Flash. Drop I  in on them and say ‘hey,’ it’s the right neighborly thing to do.

I was a bit absent on the reading end of Friday Flash last week. I never get to read a lot, what with a day job and am cursed with being a slow reader. Last week as really bad on my part. At least I did get out and read all the debuts. My apologies to the rest of you. I was busy reading contest entries elsewhere. Now that those readings are complete I hope to be in a bit better position to read more of these.

As always, if your story is not in the listing please go to the Collector and add the details. Then let me know and I’ll add you to the listing.

The Stories

A Dystopian View on Being Ripe by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

A Haunted Life by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Paranormal ~

A Story worth Telling by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ Slice of Life ~

After He’d Gone by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Amongst the Poor by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Bearing Witness by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Bethesda by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified ~

Bound in Matrimony by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Unspecified ~

Brief encounters by Diandra Linnemann @LaCaffeinata ~ Slice of Life ~

Bundle of Joy by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Cross Genre ~

Caged Forever by Brinda Banerjee @brindabanjee73 ~ Historical ~

Cephony’s Bear by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

Close Confidante by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Action ~

Commencement by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Fantasy ~

Dad’s Surprise by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Daisies and Weeds by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Dear Diary by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Paranormal ~

Devestated by Michelle Dennis Evans @michelledevans ~ Slice of Life ~

Dismembered by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Cross Genre ~ Debut

Dust Bunnies on the Prowl by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Cross Genre ~

Ethereal Lightness & Being by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Fairies in the Garden by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Cross Genre ~

Gripped by Flora @_fl0ra_ ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Hairshirt In Reverse by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Romance ~

Hanging Pictures by Michelle Ristuccia @mrsmica ~ Literary ~

Hasaddah’s Blessing by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Science Fiction ~

Headline: New program teaches how to cook on a budge by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Heist Outré by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Science Fiction ~

Hide and Seek by Tiffany Herr @Herrvoice ~ Slice of Life ~

Hot Shot by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Suspense ~

How To Avoid Being Shot by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Crime ~

In Dreams by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~

In The Basement by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Suspense ~

It Killed The Cat by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

It’s the End of the Net as We Know It (And I Feel Hope) by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Science Fiction ~

Larry And Pastor Tommy by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Little Doctors, Little Bottles by Jason Warden @shadowcastaudio ~ Cross Genre ~

Locked Out by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Slice of Life ~

Looks Good From The Air by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Humor ~

Men’s Room Confessional by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Literary ~

Moonlight by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Horror ~

No Rest for the Weary by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Of Milkweeds and Butterflies by Sarah Hendrix @shadowflame1974 ~ Literary ~

Old Stones by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

Our Art by Michael A Tate @Michael_A_Tate ~ Unspecified ~

Overcoming Fear by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Thriller ~

Reality check by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

Regret by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Slice of Life ~

Safety First by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Shortest Story by Lauren Sweetman @phoebeisred ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Silent Permission by Paul Servini @None ~ Unspecified ~

…sleep, perchance to dream by KjM @kevinjmackey ~ Unspecified ~

Starling by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Magical Realism ~

Stupid Wish by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Paranormal ~

Supermarket Romance by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

The Artist by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Fantasy ~

The Cliff Dwellings by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

The Dowry by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Paranormal ~

The Fairy Princess by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Unspecified ~

The First Thought by Beverly @Bevimus ~ Humor ~

The House by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Horror ~

THE JAVELIN CATCHER’S APPRENTICE by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Historical ~

The Last Sacrament by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Suspense ~ Debut

The Lazarus Experiment Part IV Conclusion by Christopher Michael Bell @ChrisBell85 ~ Science Fiction ~

THE LOCAL HEROES: Holding For A Hero by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Adventure ~

The Lookout by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Adventure ~

The Mad Scientist by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 9 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Ring ~ For Charli by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Romance ~

Trad Motor Blues by adamjkeeper @adamkeeper ~ Science Fiction ~

Travel Costs by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Horror ~

Twirling by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Unraveled by Laurita Miller @LauritaMiller ~ Humor ~

Victor & Dana by Ren Thompson @Ren_Thompson ~ Unspecified ~

W Is For Wendy Who Wagered With A Wanderer by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Fantasy ~

White Hat by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Science Fiction ~

Yet Another One by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Unspecified ~

YOU DIRTY RATS ~ Epic’sode 2 by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Crime ~

In the News

You know what they say, “No news is no news.” If I don’t get any in my in boxes, then there’s nothing to print. So keep those news items coming. There will be some news tomorrow, but that will be a post on all its own. Oh, I’m such a tease.
~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

 

We had 64 stories this week including 2 debuts. Please drop in on Beverly Fox and Jamie Hahn to read and comment on their stories. If your story is not in the listing please visit the Collector and add the details. Then drop me a line to let me know and I’ll add it to the listing.

We have only one news item this week and it is a very special one. Please take the time to read it. Thanks. ~jon

The Stories

A Kingdom of Decisions by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A Large Slice of Fire by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

Abby by Laura Rachel Fox @LostLibraryGirl ~ Suspense ~

Alien Invasion by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Arrival by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Paranormal ~

Barbara’s Final Smoke by Brinda Banerjee @brindabanjee73 ~ Slice of Life ~

Boys by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Fantasy ~

CHOPPER JOHN by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Unspecified ~

Clara Belle by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Experimental ~

Designated hitter by Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor ~ Horror ~

Dogcatcher by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Dollars and Sense by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Humor ~

Driving by Michael A TAte @Michael_A_Tate ~ Literary ~

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

Freshly Baked by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Suspense ~

Going down by Steve Green @n/a ~ Humor ~

Guardian Angels by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Paranormal ~

Heartbroken is better than alone by Galen Sanford @galensanford ~ Literary ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 9) by Stephe Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

Hoodies from the Shadow Glass by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Fantasy ~

Humane by J.E. Ignatius McNeill @dreamrock ~ Science Fiction ~

I Is For Ida Who Ignored The Iguanas by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

In a different time… by KjM @kevinjmackey ~ Slice of Life ~

In Memoriam, Life Magnifico by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Slice of Life ~

Jenny’s News by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

JL by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Literary ~

Larry Wins A Million by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Last Comic Standing by Beverly Fox @Bevimus ~ Horror ~ Debut(Yes)

Lost and Found Street Hustle by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Slice of Life ~

Magic Running in the Family by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Unspecified ~

Magic Words by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Man, boy, truck, eighteen months by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

Mister Fix-It by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

MOONGLOW by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Romance ~

Muses by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Horror ~

No more than usual by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Nobody’s Fault by Virginia Moffatt @Virginia.Moffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Old Granny by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Horror ~

Phoebe’s Folly by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Horror ~

Pile Up by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Slice of Life ~

Pink Sari by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Possible Origins for Him. 11. by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Crime ~

Release by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Paranormal ~

Rhino Rampage by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Slice of Life ~

Stained Glass by Jamie Hahn @thisjamie ~ Unspecified ~ Debut(Yes)

Sudoku in the Sky with Diamonds by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Humor ~

Technomancy by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

The Blessed Gift by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Experimental ~

The Body of Your Dreams by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Humor ~

The Decision by Lynda Sinclair @sudnleavalable ~ Unspecified ~

The Desert Moon by Gary Harmon @Gary_Harmon ~ Literary ~

The Gathering (Part One) by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

The Ground by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Slice of Life ~

The Lazarus Experiment: Part II by Christopher Michael Bell @ChrisBell85 ~ Science Fiction ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. Chapter 7 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

The Nick Of Time (and other abrasions): Come Together by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Paranormal ~

The Other Church by Denis Vaughan @inshin ~ Humor ~

The Picture by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

The Secret Place by Michelle Dennis Evans @michelledevans ~ Slice of Life ~

The Spectator by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

The UCF Stories #33: Of Draigs And Gnomish Builders by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Three Little Words by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Cross Genre ~

Welcome to Hell by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~

Who are you? by Kayanna Kirby @kayannak ~ Slice of Life ~

In the News

Veteran Friday Flashers Trevor Belshaw and Jodi Cleghorn have joined forces for a good cause. They are spearheading a new charity anthology, 100 Stories for Queensland. One cannot help but to have heard the news of all the terrible flooding going in in Australia. So in the same fine tradition of 100 Stories for Haiti, and 50 Stories for Pakistan they have called for writers world wide to step up to help their fellow man by contributing a story to the cause. Visit the website for the official guidelines.  Something of particular interest to the Friday Flash community (besides Trevor and Jodi’s involvement) is that stories previously posted to personal blogs are eligible. That’s right, you favorite old Friday Flash could be seen in a print anthology.

According to the press release, “Stories of 500 – 1000 words in all genres and for all age groups are welcome, and can be electronically lodged at Submishmash. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 28th January. The book is due for release late February/early March. 100% of profits will be donated to the Qld Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.” Read the full press release here.

I’d like to take my hat off to Trevor for cooking up this fine idea and to Jodi and Trevor for running with it. I’m so proud to be associated with the two of you. Good luck on this project and much success.
~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

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