Flash Fiction – Thursday’s Threads

Every Thursday author Siobhan Muir runs “Thursday’s Threads” it’s a Flash Fiction Contest where you are given a line from last week’s winning story as a prompt.  You have to include the line in your story (you can break it up using punctuation only) The word limit is 100 to 250 words. I’ve been participating […]

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Anatomy of an edit: Less might not be more, but sometimes it’s better

This week’s Flash Friday prompt inspiration was “Pilgrim’s Progress” and the Elements that were given almost wrote the story in my head… only with 100 words +/- 1.. I had my work cut out for me. The first draft started out nicely: Good and Evil walked together last night, down that long and winding road. They talked about […]

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November 17, 2015

Story: Count Down

This story first appeared yesterday for Siobhan Muir’s Thursday’s Threads. A slightly longer, better edited version follows: Staring anxiously at the timer, Beth let her breath out slowly. “The clock is running out,” she said in a husky whisper, as if she thought being quiet would keep the thing from going off. “I know,” I answered, […]

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November 7, 2015

Story: In the Dark, They Sing

Ink After Dark held their first Monster Mash contest where they supplied the titles and the writers supplied the stories to go with them.  The title I chose was one of the most popular: “In the Dark, They Sing”    Now that the competition is over, I submit the story (edited slightly) for your enjoyment.  Happy […]

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October 31, 2015

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One thing leads to another

As you may or may not know… I write… a lot. Some if it is long and well thought out, some is so well thought out it never sees the light of day, but to keep me going and producing fiction that is actually out there and available to read, I write flash fiction.   […]

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August 7, 2015

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55 Word Fiction

Believe it or not, I’m beginning to think that its easier to write a 55 word story than a 150 word story since there is no room for embellishments that will lead to overwriting… With the return of the 55 word challenge I’m discovering a whole new world of  writing that befits my ‘sparse style’ as one friend […]

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Flash Friday – Destroyer of Words

This week, I’ll share my FlashFriday entry – and just tell you that the word count bounced from 175 to 195… hovered at 159 for a while before going back up to 165 and finally ending at 151. The prompt: The challenge element: Coming of age. My inspiration: I took one glance at the mirror […]

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May 12, 2014

Confessions of a Flash Fiction Addict

Flash fiction contests can do a lot for writers, but it should come with an addiction warning. We’re coming up on the anniversary of my first submission to FlashFriday, and my first honorable mention.   I went from writing sagas to writing not just short stories but… really short stories in no time flat. What […]

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May 7, 2014