#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/07/26)

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I missed a couple weeks, because my life exploded. So I’m trying to get back on track, and I’m starting with a #FridayFlash week: 3 posts for the three #FridayFlash Favorites I have due.

Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. On July 9, I posted a zombie love story, for the Zombie Luv Flash Fic contest. I wasn’t going to write a story for this contest. But then I was inspired, because I figured out what zombies need—deep down in that soulless psyche—that could make love meaningful for them. And then I was really inspired by something someone said to me, resulting in this story.

On the topic of the Zombie Luv Flash Fic contest—a quick aside—here are my favorite 3 zombie luv stories.

(And if you compare the winners at Mari’s Randomities, you’ll see why my opinion means so little in the grand scheme of things. To me, these three were clearly the best entries. And although “Rose” ranked highly with the crowd—though not #1—none of the others did.)

Back on topic: of the #FridayFlash stories that were posted (besides my own), here are my…

#FridayFlash Favorites for July 9

There were more stories posted on July 9 than on most weeks, 117 stories (including the 95 that made it onto the official #FridayFlash Report for July 9). Of all those, here are my 12 favorites, listed in no particular order.

Note: To be selected as one of my #FridayFlash Favorites, the post must be a genuine flash story, not a chapter in a longer piece, a series of one-paragraph vignettes, or anything else. It should have a beginning (conflict), a middle (thickening), and an end (resolution). Not necessarily a happy ending (though I do enjoy happy endings), but whatever conflict the story introduces at the beginning, it must resolve at the end. No fair building up suspense and then stopping in the middle of the story, just so you don’t have to figure out how to save the hero in 1,000 words or less; that’s cheating. The story should also be a single scene, because multi-scene flash usually does too much “telling” and doesn’t “show” enough to engage me in the story. (And scene divisions stop the flow, which is usually a bad idea in flash.) While I do browse Twitter for #FridayFlash posts, the best way to get me to read yours is to put it on the #FridayFlash Collector. I judge posted stories according to my own preferences; your mileage may vary.

Till next week, and…

Keep writing!
-TimK

About J. Timothy King
J. Timothy King

I'm the eldest of three siblings, a stay-at-home father of two daughters, the husband of a wonderful wife, and an indie author of life-expanding character fiction. When not writing, I read, watch old TV and movies, play bass guitar, and tend to my family in our Boston-area apartment.

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Comments

Thanks, Tim – I’m very honored that you’ve picked my story as one of your favorites for the week, especially as it’s in some very exalted company!

I appreciate it very much. 🙂

I’m pleased to have made your list a second time. “The Steed and the Page Boy” was one of my favorite flashes to write, so far, so I’m particularly pleased that others have liked it!

Thanks for putting my story on your list of favorites Tim.
Much appreciated.
Karen :0)

Thanks, Tim. That’s sweet! That story was my favorite so far. I’m used to writing longggggg fiction and non-fiction so the FF is the way I’m teaching myself to do short stories. So I really appreciate the compliment.

Thank you, Tim! I’m honored to be included on your list and happy that you enjoyed the story.

Tim,
Thank you. I’m so honored that you liked my zombie story. I’m right there with you, wondering how the top ones made the top…ones. LOL
-Mark

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