The results of The Molotov Cocktail‘s Flash Felon contest are in! The contest asked for flash fiction stories containing a crime. I was psyched to have my story, “Everything Must Go,” come in 4th! I’ve just gotten back to submitting lately, and this was a big boost for me! I’m still learning how to carve out writing time now that I’m balancing life with my daughter. This was a great contest, and I enjoyed writing for it.
If you like short stories with a criminal element, check out the link below and definitely read the top ten! I’m still working my way through the list, but I’ve read the winning story, by Jan Kaneen, and it’s fantastically eerie.
A few days ago, the third FlashDogs Anthology, Time, was published in both paper and ebook formats!
The FlashDogs are a group of writers who became connected online, mostly through different flash fiction writing contests. This anthology includes a variety of flash fiction from authors who hail from all over. All writers wrote in response to three images (representing past, present, and future), but these very short stories show a lot of different styles and viewpoints. I’ve enjoyed reading stories from the other contributors online in various contests as well as in the past two anthologies. I’ve learned a lot more about the possibilities flash fiction provides, and I’ve had fun!
I was lucky enough to write for the previous anthology set, Solstice (Light and Dark), and wrote again for this one, though with the end of my pregnancy and then baby’s unexpected early arrival, I only got one story in this time!
If you’re a fan of flash fiction, I encourage you to take a look at Time and the other anthologies, as well as the FlashDogs website. All royalties from the sale of Time go to the charity, The Book Bus.
The Fall 2015 issue of Chiron Review is out! Editor Michael Hathaway is calling this issue “The Brautigan Issue,” as it includes “unpublished prose” from writer Richard Brautigan, as well as an introduction by Ianthe Brautigan, also a writer and Richard Brautigan’s daughter.
The issue includes several pieces of poetry, prose, and art by a variety of writers and artists. I’ve ordered my paper copies and can’t wait until they arrive! I’m honored and excited to be in this publication and eager to get reading.
Chiron Review is available in both print and ebook formats here: http://www.chironreview.com/store/
For a description of Issue #101, Fall 2015, click here: http://www.chironreview.com/current-issue/
I’ve tried, as often as I can, to participate in the weekly competition run by poet Grace Black, Three Line Thursday. Each week, Grace provides an inspiring image as a prompt, and asks that people write three lines (no more than 10 words per line) in response. Anyone can participate by posting three lines in the comment section of the week’s competition page. There is a fantastic community of writers there who are talented and supportive of one another. On Saturday of each week, a winner, runners up, and special challenge winner are announced.
I’ve had a wonderful time challenging myself to get as much meaning as I can into 30 words or fewer. I’ve learned a lot from reading the work of other talented writers there, and through this process. I’m grateful to Grace for this continuing opportunity.
Over the past year, I’ve been honored to place in the top a few times, and even to be the winner once! I was very excited to hear that Grace was planning to put together an anthology of poetry from the first full year of Three Line Thursday, including all the winners. The poetry anthology was released today, October 8, 2015, just in time for National Poetry Day! Winning poems from the past year appear in the collection, and Grace also gave us the chance to write an additional poem, following the same guidelines, for this year’s National Poetry Day theme: Light.
The anthology is called Light Lines.
I’ve ordered my copy and can’t wait to read the talented writers included there and be inspired, as I am every week at Three Line Thursday! Thanks, Grace!
Speaking of Three Line Thursday, it is, in fact, Thursday, so it’s time to write and try out this fun and inclusive competition! Or, as Grace would say, “come lay down ink” with the Three Line Thursday crowd! If you order the anthology, let me know what you think!
We are back from our road trip to D.C. and Virginia, where we are visiting friends, and my flash fiction story, “Unwelcome Guest” has been published today with 101words.org, where they publish flash fiction everyday! Please check it out if you’ve got a moment–a brief and ghostly tale!
Exciting news! Today is the day of the Flashdogs’ 2nd Anthology release! The anthology is in two volumes, Solstice: Dark and Solstice: Light. 143 stories are included in both volumes, written by 48 writers. I have been participating in weekly flash fiction contests, and have been excited to read all of the creative flash stories that these writers produce on a regular basis. I was invited via a Golden Ticket in Grace Black’s Three Line Thursday contest to submit stories to Solstice, and embraced the opportunity!
I worked from three of the available photo prompts, (two for Solstice: Light and one for Solstice: Dark) and I enjoyed the challenge. I got the opportunity to work with Brian S. Creek, and he gave me helpful feedback on my drafts, and I read one of his drafts as well, and am looking forward to the final version. I’ve ordered my paper copies, and I’m eager to read the other stories. I’m excited to see how a multitude of writers dealt with the same prompts. Based on what I’ve read from many of these writers in the past in various online forums and the first Flashdogs anthology, I’m expecting a variety of creative approaches.
If you’re looking for a summer read, I’d encourage you to get your own paper or ebook copies of Solstice: Light and Solstice: Dark, available via Amazon. The UK links are available on the Flashdogs website.
Hello! Happy May! I am excited to announce that my short story, “The Prophecy,” was published today in Gravel Magazine‘s May issue! What determines a person’s fate? What do hyenas and a hawk have to do with destiny? Find out here, and then click around Gravel and read the wonderful fiction, poetry, flash prose, creative nonfiction, and book reviews posted there.
Also, please check out a wonderful story, “Time Capsule,” by good friend Lisa Pais in the most recent issue of Nebula Rift. This is a science fiction story that explores what it really means to be human and is a must-read!
This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields on her blog, Addicted to Purple. Check out her blog and click on the blue InLinkz frog below to read other stories and to add your own.
By the way, I have some news: I am honored to be the winner this week of the Three Line Thursday contest! Check out the link to see the stunning photo prompt and to read my entry along with some other fabulous responses. This context runs each week, so if you’re not writing three lines already, you could be very soon!
Struggling to see through the planet’s haze, they almost missed the station.
“Thank God,” Ray said.
“They must be worried,” Maya said. “So long. They—“
The station door was ajar.
They clutched their guns, advancing.
The only thing out of place was a large green stone in the center of the empty room.
“Maybe they went to find us?”
“No,” Maya said. “We’d have seen them.”
She grimaced, aiming her gun at the green rock. Suddenly, it began to crack and expand. Unable to move, they watched until it became something with a mouth. Then, it was too late.
This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers weekly prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields on her blog, Addicted to Purple. Check out her blog and click on the blue InLinkz frog below to read other stories and to add your own!
The Final Concert
The last generation of night creatures rustled. The band in the gazebo watched the conductor.
The tuba let out a low moan, too soon. The conductor shook his head. No one turned to look. Though they’d practiced, they understood that this was no rehearsal, and nerves would play their own part in the final concert.
The first flute waved to her son and grandchildren, arriving with a picnic blanket.
A distant grumble sounded; the earth shook. The conductor raised his baton, there was an intake of breath, and the last musicians of the world played an accompaniment to its end.
I hope you’ll also check out my story published with Necessary Fiction this past week. I’ve also been participating in the Three Line Thursday contest run by Grace Black, and won a Golden Ticket from the FlashDogs this week to write for their upcoming anthology! I’m very excited for the opportunity! Check out the FlashDogs on Twitter through #flashdogs and write three lines each Thursday based on a lovely photo prompt!