Recognition

 

The Congressional Medal of Honor - ArmyAn unfortunate cold front was settling in, whipping the tiny flags planted along the parade route in frenetic waves, threatening to pull some of the little dowel rod flagpoles right from the ground. Spectators tugged coats tight while trying to hold onto their hats. Through it all Harry Hernandez sat well bundled in his wheelchair, his daughter Mary Anne constantly fussing with his trappings. In the aftermath of a particularly vicious gust she leaned down and pulled his collar up, snugging it tighter around his neck.

“Quit your fussing,” he said.

“Don’t argue with me,” she countered. “I don’t want you coming down with pneumonia.”

Her daughter, Rebecca, stood huddled next to him, her hand resting lightly on his shoulder. While he would never admit it to Mary, Rebecca’s hand felt good there, the slight pressure just enough to cut off a little shaft of chill that tried to seep in through his coat.

He glanced up when the clapping started. A police escort of two motorcycles led the parade around the corner from Elm onto Main, followed by a red flatbed truck. It advertised Al & Ray’s Appliances, Since 1974, on the doors. Its sides bore banners that read, “They Served To Keep You Free,” and threatened to rip free at any time in the fierce wind. Atop the bed Mayor Jones and the more hardy members of the city council stood rosy cheeked, each waving an American flag. The children who normally threw candy from the truck bed were absent due to safety concerns, sensibility overriding tradition.

Harry Hernandez saluted but shook his head as the World War II contingent passed by. It was now reduced to Sam Anderson sitting in the passenger seat of his grandson’s pickup truck. Occasionally Sam would raise his hand and offer a weak wave in response to shouts of “Thank you!” from the crowd. The Anderson’s green Ford F-150 was followed by the Franklin High School Marching Band.

“Here comes Amy,” Rebecca said, removing the comfort of her hand so she could wave to her daughter, Harry’s great granddaughter. “Hi, Amy!”

The third drummer turned slightly toward them. Without missing a beat she managed to raise her drumstick to her forehead in a salute to her grandfather. Harry smiled and waved in return. She was a great kid.

When the veterans of the Koren War started rounding the corner Harry began to work his way up out of his wheelchair. He felt a restraining hand on his back. Mary leaned down and whispered, “Pop, don’t.”

But Rebecca stooped and hooked her arm under his to help raise him up. “It’s important, Mom.” It was the first year Harry was not out there marching with his compatriots. Mary Anne sighed in resignation then stepped to the other side, adding her assistance.

“Don’t over do it,” she urged.

Harry stood on wobbly legs saluting as the short column of five men came abreast. Dick Gurney turned toward him and returned the salute, while Reed Harris dipped the banner of Company A in his direction.

“So few left,” Mary Anne whispered, touching Harry on the shoulder.

~

“So few left,” Lieutenant Shea said, scanning down the line of the defensive positions. He looked down at his badly wounded Staff Sargent, Harry Hernandez, and clapped him on the shoulder. “You’re out of here, Harry.”

“I can still shoot, Lieutenant.” Harry struggled to try and sit up on the litter. The medic gently pushed him back down. Another shell exploded nearby.

“Get ‘em out of here, Charlie.” Lieutenant Shea ordered, slapping the side of the evac APC loaded with his wounded men. With a lurch the vehicle lumbered forward. Harry strained upward onto one elbow to watch as his wounded Lieutenant turned back into the fray.

~

As the column passed Harry sank back down into his wheelchair, muscles trembling from the effort.

“Good men, every one,” Harry said, his voice catching a bit in his throat. He gave another salute for Lieutenant Shea.

~
Historical note: First Lieutenant Richard Shea received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions in the final weeks of the Korean War. While wounded he personally lead several counter attacks to try and repel enemy advancements in what is now known as the Second Battle of Pork Chop Hill. You can read more about him here. All other charters in this story are completely fictional. I salute Lieutenant Shea, and all veterans of our armed forces, both living and dead.

© 2011 by J. M. Strother, all rights reserved.
Picture from Wikimedia Commons.

 

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

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

The Stories

#Twitterpocalypse by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Princess Banished by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

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

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

An Old Friend by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

Animals by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified ~

Badges by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

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

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

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

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

Cain and Minos by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

Chartsengrafs by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

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

Clean by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

Combat Couture by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

Deal by Ryan Underhill @Ryan_Underhill ~ Fantasy ~

Dice by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Unspecified ~

Dinner At Eight by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

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

Dog Farts by Angela Perry @angelaperry ~ Fantasy ~

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

Donal and Viviane Meet by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Romance ~

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

Embers by Chuck Allen @chuckallen ~ Cross Genre ~

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

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

First Day by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Humor ~

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

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

Guilt by Cathy Webster @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

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

I Know by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Horror ~

Illusion by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Illusions of Grandeur by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Impossible Bumble Bee by Annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Paranormal ~

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

Instincts by Lindsey Chapman @elsieraven ~ Cross Genre ~

Jumper by Jim Bronyaur @jimbronyaur ~ Literary ~

Just The Driver by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Horror ~

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

Letting Go by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

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

Lure by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Magical Realism ~

Mea Maxiuma Culpa by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Romance ~

Mea Maxiuma Culpa by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Romance ~

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

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

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

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

Night Watchers by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Magical Realism ~

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

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

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

Nutty Days by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

People Pies by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Suspense ~

Pixies by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

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

Red Shoes by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Remote Control by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Cross Genre ~

Romper Stomper by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Rubies by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Thriller ~

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

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

Scarf by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

Scorched by Flora @_fl0ra_ ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

Soul Hunter by V R Roadifer @Vandamir ~ Paranormal ~

Sword by Sylvia van Bruggen @sylviavbruggen ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

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

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

The Callback by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Humor ~

The Costco Diet by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Literary ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pill by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Paranormal ~

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

The Uncleared by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Thriller ~

Two Brothers by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

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

Villainy by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

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

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

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

Zombaiting by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

In The News

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

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

The wrap

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

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

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

 

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

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

The Stories

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

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

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

A Rude Awakening by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Horror ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clock Strikes by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

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

Copycat Commute Concerto by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

Crash by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Slice of Life ~

Date Night by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~

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

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

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

Doctor Crow by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

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

Epic by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Fantasy ~

Evolution by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Fever Dreams by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

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

GONE by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Goodbye by Gaz Hunter @GazHunter ~ Slice of Life ~

Gross Memory by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Science Fiction ~

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

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

Illusion by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Interplanetary Domination by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

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

Lost and Found by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Managing Up by CheckedOut @iamcheckedout ~ Horror ~

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

Memory by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Experimental ~

Nineteen Again by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Nothing by Timothy P. Remp @Tim_Remp_writer ~ Horror ~

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

Party Scene by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

Standard Policy by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Unspecified ~

The Caretaker by Jeremy Warach @jwarach ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

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

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

THE POTION PEDDLER by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Historical ~

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

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

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

True Power by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

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

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

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

Zombies Calling by Thomas Pluck @tommysalami ~ Horror ~

In The News

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

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

The wrap

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The Stories

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

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

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

Archer by Chance @Chance4321 ~ Humor ~

Being Well Disposed by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Black Hole by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

Boo by David Robinson @DW96 ~ Humor ~

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

Butterfly Woman by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Magical Realism ~

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

Cathedral by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

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

Cup of Via by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Crime ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack by Diandra Linnemann @LaCaffeinata ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

Letting Go by Lindsey Chapman @Elsieraven ~ Unspecified ~

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

Maneater by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Horror ~

Missed Message by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Suspense ~

Mr. Goliath by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

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

Other People by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

Our Modern Crusoe by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

Shadows by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

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

Simple Geometry by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Paranormal ~

Smokers by Orjan Westin @Cunobaros ~ Slice of Life ~

Snowbathing by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

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

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

Starlight by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Conversation by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

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

The Flower Eaters by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

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

The Letter by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

The Manager by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Cross Genre ~

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

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

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

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

The Sacrament by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Literary ~

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

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

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

Threshold by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

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

Trapped by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

Undead Dentistry by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

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

WHITE by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

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

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

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

In The News

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

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

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

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

The wrap

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The Stories

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

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

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

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

Used by Dawn Kirby @SecretsWriter ~ Paranormal ~ Debut

Unexpected by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

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

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

The Rehearsal Dinner by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

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

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

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

The Danni by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

The Castle by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Paranormal ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riding pillion by Amanda Scotney @rasplemjelly ~ Unspecified ~

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

Platter and Glance by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Literary ~

Phases by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Peace in Paradise by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Literary ~

Pan by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~ Debut

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

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

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

My Friend by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Mount Tamalpais by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Magical Realism ~

Medushair by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Magical Realism ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just a Man by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Unspecified ~

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

In Absentia Luci by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Fantasy ~

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

Hunger by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

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

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

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

Greener Fields by Gary Harmon @Gary_Harmon ~ Humor ~

Glacial Meltdown by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Suspense ~

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

Gelatinized by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

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

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

Diary by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Delirium by Beverly @ TheBevelededge @Bevimus ~ Unspecified ~

Cold Summer by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Literary ~

Coffee and Cigarettes by Anneke Klein @Labarca ~ Unspecified ~

Cautionary Tale by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

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

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

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

Alchemy by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

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

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

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

A Good Day by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

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

In the News

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

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

The wrap

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

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

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

 

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

 

We had a slight uptick following all the holiday festivities with 59 stories this week, including one debut. Please welcome Brinda Banerjee to the FridayFlash community. Drop by, read, comment and visit a while.

If your story is not listed here, please visit the Collector and add the details. Then let me know it’s there and I’ll update the list. All the best in 2011. ~jon

The Stories

WRITE! WRITE, YOU WHORE. by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Literary ~

WARHORSE by COLIN JAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Slice of Life ~

Waking Beauty by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Fantasy ~

Vanilla Frosting Sky by Jason Sullivan @JasonSullivan_ ~ Science Fiction ~

Uncertainty by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Suspense ~

Time by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

The Wallpaper Forest by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

The Nick of Time (and other abrasions): Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Paranormal ~

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

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

The Last Time by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Literary ~

The eReader by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

The Envelope by Janet Aldrich (TEC4) @tec4_cleveland ~ Magical Realism ~

The Block Party by Brinda Banerjee @brindabanjee73 ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Tastes Like Chicken by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Humor ~

Sweet Chili Philly by Absolutely*Kate & Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Action ~

Sleeping Beauty of Palermo by Estrella Azul @EstrellaAzul ~ Magical Realism ~

Single White Male by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Suspense ~

Signs of the Apocalypse by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Secret Homecoming et al. by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Sanctuary by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Runner-Up by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

Ralph’s A Respectable Name by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Slice of Life ~

Pink Tutus And Blue Cheese by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Ode to the Muse by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Literary ~

Misdirection by Steve Green @n/a ~ Crime ~

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

Love Song by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Kail’s Sorrow by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Joe Milgrave and the Devil by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Fantasy ~

It’s True What They Say by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Ice Boat by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Unspecified ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 8) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

He Has to Wonder at 130 by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Science Fiction ~

Hackney’s Pub by Gary Harmon @Gary_Harmon ~ Humor ~

Future History Lesson by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Science Fiction ~

Fridge Door Archaelogy by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

First Fight by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

Figs DO Grow On Trees, Right? by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

Feed by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Cross Genre ~

Feathers by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Science Fiction ~

Drained by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Experimental ~

Downstream by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Slice of Life ~

Do Aliens Facebook? by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Detached by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Damaged Hearts by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Cheap Irish Whiskey by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Literary ~

Business as Usual by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ Thriller ~

B is for Benedict who Brushed all the Bears by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

August, 1968 from FRANKY BENITEZ by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Literary ~

Archeologists’ War by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Antique by GP Ching @gpching ~ Unspecified ~

Anger: Over You by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Paranormal ~

A Thirst Before Dying by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Adventure ~

A Stranger Among Men by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Science Fiction ~

A Precious Possession by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A Girl’s Best Friend by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Slice of Life ~

A fire in the palm of my hand by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

A Depressed Person by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

In the News

Trevor Belshaw has seen quite a bit of success of late. His ebook ‘Tracy’s Hot Mail’ was published by BigBadMedia just before Christmas. He also had two stories, ‘The Psychic’ and ‘A Fond Farewell’ published by Ether Books on their iphone app. Finally, his short story ‘Hail the New’ was included in Jodi Cleghorn’s wonderful ‘Deck The Halls’ Anthology. Wow, quite a list of achievments. Congratulations, Trevor.

And speaking of Deck the Halls…

Jodi Cleghorn has published Mixed Tapes, Volume One — Deck the Halls, the first in a envisioned series of short stories based on a seasonal theme. ‘Deck the Halls’ revolves around Christmas and includes stories from many Friday Flashers, including: Benjamin Solah, Chris Chartrand, Sam Adamson, Jen Brubacher, Annie Evett, Susan May James, Jonathan Crossland, Emma Kerry, Lily Mulholland, Jim Bronyaur, Icy Sedgwick, Dan Powell and the afore mentioned, Trevor Belshaw. You can download the free ebook here.

A Valentines collection of Mixed Tapes, (Nothing But) Flowers is in the works. It is based on the theme: tales of post apocalyptic love. Should be a good one. Many Friday Flash regulars are slated to appear, so stay tuned.

Laura Eno was interviewed on Writers Talk by John Hayes over at Robert Frost’s Banjo. She talks about her writing life and the hazards of keeping pets from the Underworld. It’s a nice interview. Drop by and say ‘hey.’

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

 

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

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

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

The Stories

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

White Christmas by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

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

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

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

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

The Waldgeist by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Paranormal ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southbound by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Unspecified ~

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

Snow in Paris by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Snakeskin by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

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

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

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

Rabid Bunny by Jennifer Joseph @creativeconduit ~ Horror ~ Debut

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

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

Phil Something by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Paranormal ~

NASTY by COLINJAMES @CRJAMES55 ~ Humor ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Cabin by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Horror ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Christmas Crime by David Barber @thetwoblokes ~ Crime ~

In the News

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

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

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

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

The wrap

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

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 60 stories this week, including one debut by Lionel Braud. Please visit Lionel and leave a comment to welcome him to Friday Flash.

If your story is not in the list below please visit the Collector and add the details. Then let me know you’ve added it and I’ll update the listing here. Thanks for participating in Friday Flash. You folks amaze me with your great stories week in and week out. What a wonderful group of writers you are.

The Stories

A (Kind of) Fairy Tale by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Experimental ~

A Walk In The Woods by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

Asking for Excitement by Alex F. Fayle @alexfayle ~ Fantasy ~

Assisted Living by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

Bee Grounded by Matt Merritt @1block ~ Fantasy ~

Bleeding Out, Part 1 by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Thriller ~

Boxes by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Slice of Life ~

Chapter One by Richard Gardner @rikg73 ~ Slice of Life ~

Christmas Eve by Emelie E. Strother @n/a ~ Slice of Life ~

Christmas Presents by Susan May James @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

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

Dancer by G. P. Ching @gpching ~ Humor ~

Dead First Zombie Second by Wulfie @Wulfie_ ~ Horror ~

Deeper Hunger by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Horror ~

Desert Vampires by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

Devil’s Bargain by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Paranormal ~

Driving Home for Christmas by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Cross Genre ~

End of the Road by Janet Aldrich @tec4_cleveland ~ Horror ~

For the Love of Wine by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

Foresight by Jason Sullivan @JasonSullivan_ ~ Unspecified ~

Gods Playing Games by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Grist for the Mill by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Hark by Laurita Miller @lauritamiller ~ Horror ~

Her Mission by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 5) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

How to Catch a ‘Noo-noo’. by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Magical Realism ~

In God We Trust by Alan W. Davidson @AW_Davidson ~ Slice of Life ~

Interlude: The Stone by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Fantasy ~

Island of Stability by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Science Fiction ~

It Comes Down to This by Kaolin Fire @kaolinfire ~ Experimental ~

Jim Is A Man by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Judge and Jury by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Kettle Santa by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Larry At The Mall by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

love or Obsession by John delgadillo @jcunknown ~ Slice of Life ~

Meri’s Christmas by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Fantasy ~

Monster by David Barber @thetwoblokes ~ Crime ~

Musketeers by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Slice of Life ~

Oglingston Spitworthy Takes a Bride by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

Rules of Entry by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Unspecified ~

Silent Night by Pamela Jo @TheresJustLife ~ Thriller ~

Sugar’s Six For Santa by Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Romance ~

Summer, 1986 from Franky Benítez by Julio Ricardo Varela @julito77 ~ Literary ~

The Cottage (A Claire Morgane story) by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

The Five Days of Christmas by Josie @safetycomfort ~ Unspecified ~

The Last Farmer by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

THE MOVIE MOGUL by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Literary ~

The Music Man by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Historical ~

The Mythical Creatures Employment Exchange. #4 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Cross Genre ~

The Prince and Princess of Darkness by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Paranormal ~

The Quest by Trevor Belshaw @tbelshaw ~ Fantasy ~

The Snow Child by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Fantasy ~

The UCF Stories #32: Extraction by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Tribute by Tonya R. Moore @mikodragonfly ~ Experimental ~

Twisted Fates by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Two-Hour Delay by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Adventure ~

Waiting by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Paranormal ~

Wee Wii® by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Humor ~

Where the Trains Used to Run Part 1 by Lionel Braud @ltrain75 ~ Literary ~ Debut

Worried to death by Steve Green @n/a ~ Humor ~

In the News

News for and about the Friday Flash community.

Dan Powell announced that Ether Books, a mobile publishing platform for short prose works, has published his 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize winning story ‘Half-mown Lawn’ along with two other of His flash fiction works: ‘What Precise Moment,’ and ‘Piece by Piece.’ You can find more details on his blog. Congratulations, Dan.

Monica Marier’s fantasy novel ‘Must Love Dragons’ was reviewed by Midwest Book Review, where it received a Highly recommended. You can read the review here. Congratulations, Monica.

Icy Sedgwick had a story accepted at Red Asylum. Congratulations, Icy.

If you know of any Friday Flashers doing noteworthy writerly stuff please let me know and I’ll include them in the community news. Thanks. ~jon

The wrap

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

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~jon

 

With both Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo behind us we are about back to normal this week. We had 76 stories in the Collector as of Sunday evening, including 2 debuts. Please welcome Colin James and Stephen Hewitt to the #FridayFlash community. Be sure to drop by their blogs and leave them some encouragement in the way of a comment. And congratulations to everyone who survived Thanksgiving, the blizzards, the floods, and NaNoWriMo with their sanity intact.

If your story is not in the list please visit the Collector and add the details. Then let me know it’s there and I’ll add it, or if you prefer, just say the word and I’ll hold it for next week’s listing.

The Stories

A Comforting Headline by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A Guardian Angel’s Desperate Plea by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Unspecified ~

BLIGHTY by COLIN JAMES @COLINJAMES55 ~ Historical ~ Debut

Born That Way (A Claire Morgane Story) by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

cause and effect by adam j. keeper @adamkeeper ~ Magical Realism ~

Cinnamon & Spice by Ramsey Lyons @ramslyons ~ Horror ~

Clouds by Susan May @yamnasus ~ Unspecified ~

Copperhead by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Slice of Life ~

Depression: What Have I Done by Seleste deLaney @selestedelaney ~ Unspecified ~

Diviner by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Dr. Stinson’s Journal by Bill Owens @bsbowens ~ Horror ~

Early Autumn in the Life of Layla by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Cross Genre ~

Encore Performance by Jason Warden @shadowCastAudio ~ Cross Genre ~

Family Portrait by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Slice of Life ~

Farley Taps by Richard Gardner @rikg73 ~ Slice of Life ~

Firethorn by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Fozzy Stuck by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

Frozen by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Unspecified ~

Guilty Conscience by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Slice of Life ~

Harold’s Homecoming by Wendy @dreamfiction ~ Magical Realism ~

Heroes Wanted (Part 3) by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Western ~

In Dreams by Aaron Conaway @M_Gideon ~ Magical Realism ~

In Retrospect by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Slice of Life ~

Infinite Space by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ Slice of Life ~

Larry And The Bikini Contest by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Man Flu by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Humor ~

Mr. Peterson’s Tale by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

Mrs Percival’s Demise by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Night Swimming by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Slice of Life ~

No Pasaran by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ Unspecified ~

Not funny by Amanda Scotney @rasplemjelly ~ Humor ~

On your head be it by Orjan Westin @cunobaros ~ Unspecified ~

Palm of Her Hand by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Pegasus Awakes by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Pest Control by Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor ~ Horror ~

Phobic by Steve Green @n/a ~ Horror ~

Project 247 by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

Puppy’s Dead by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

Rainy Rendezvous: Episode 4-Destination Unknown by P.J. Kaiser @pj_kaiser ~ Unspecified ~

Red Corvair by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Slice of Life ~

Red Flower by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Run With It #3 by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Humor ~

Satisfies by Jason Sullivan @JasonSullivan_ ~ Unspecified ~

Shooting People Is Good by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

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

Someone’s At The Door by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Splat! by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

Sub-Orbital Urbane Conversation by Tom Allman @yoohootom ~ Slice of Life ~

Sugar by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Magical Realism ~

Tangerine Unforseen by Zelda Martin & Harry B. Sanderford @HBSanderford ~ Unspecified ~

Targeted by Leigh Barlow @LeighBarlow ~ Science Fiction ~

The Buoy by Shannon Esposito @soesposito ~ Slice of Life ~

The City Beautiful by V.R. Leavitt @vrleavitt ~ Slice of Life ~

The Crystal Chamber by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Science Fiction ~

The Easley Poetry Society by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

The Fall by Tiffany @herrvoice ~ Slice of Life ~

The Great Chocolate Conspiracy Ep 14 by Lily Mulholland @LilyMulholland ~ Humor ~

The Grotto by G. P. Ching @gpching ~ Slice of Life ~

The Letter by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Slice of Life ~

The Married Orc by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

The Mythical Creatures Emploment Exchange #2 by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Fantasy ~

The Old Woman Who Eats Kids by Stephen Hewitt @ThoughtMonkeyZ ~ Cross Genre ~ Debut

The Strange Old House in the Snow by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Horror ~

The Vanishing Island Chapter 8: The Sea Witch by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

The Visit by Trevor Belshaw @tbelshaw ~ Unspecified ~

THE WALLS COULD TALK by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Slice of Life ~

The Wandering by David D Sharp @aweeadventure ~ Mystery ~

The World at My Fingertips by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Humor ~

The Writing Game by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Literary ~

There is music here by David Wilson-Burns @fictdoodles ~ Unspecified ~

Thoughts Down from 40,000 Feet by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

Tunnel of Love by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Vampire Natalia Searches the Jungle by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Fantasy ~

We need to talk by Jim Dempsey @jimdempsey ~ Thriller ~

White Out by Donald Conrad @NoddlaNocdar ~ Science Fiction ~

Winter’s Eve by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Unspecified ~

In The News

We have some exciting news from Eric J, Krause. His new middle grade science fiction/baseball novel ‘Way Over the Line’ is now available on Smashwords and from Amazon for the Kindle. Be sure to check it out. Congratulations, Eric!

Dan Powell has placed yet another story (he does that a lot). His flash fiction piece ‘Sugar’ is now available for your enjoyment at Litsnack. Congratulations, Dan.

If you have news of the writerly type please let me know and I will be 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

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