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#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/07/09)

Yeah, I was supposed to post this three days ago. If you want to read some of the sordid details of why I’m so behind, you can do so over on my personal blog. Posting is likely to be irregular, unfortunately, over the summer, as I’ve taken a software-development contract, because it’ll be nice to […]

Tuesday’s #FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/29)

Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. This week, I reran a story I had written over a year ago, about a man who learns to find romance. This story breaks 5 of the 10 Flash-fiction rules that I usually follow, but it […]

#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/22)

Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. Mine this week I threw together at the last minute… and then I had partied on the weekend and got sick on Monday, so I couldn’t post Monday about the process I used. (Hold on— That […]

Examples of Alternative Conflict

I called it “alternative conflict” in Monday’s post, but a better monicker might be “problem-free conflict,” because it pops up over and over again in literature, TV, and film. Usually, it’s used alongside the more traditional character problems. “But character problems cause conflict,” I hear you objecting. “How can you have conflict without character problems?” […]

#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/15)

Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. Mine this week was an experiment in conflict, a story about a character who thinks she’s dreaming the future. Of the others that were posted, here are my… #FridayFlash Favorites for June 11 Out of 100 […]

#FridayFlash Favorites (2010/06/08)

Each Friday, writers post on twitter a link to a short-short story they’ve written, marked with the tag #FridayFlash. I’ve done it before, but last week was the first that I’ve fully participated. That is, I posted my story on the #FridayFlash Collector, I read all the other submissions, and as I went through, I […]

The Worst Story Ever (the MST3K version)

This past week, Frankie Diane Mallis did something very brave. On a dare, she posted an “absolutely horrid horrid horrid story ‘Untitled’ that I wrote in the 4th grade”… the MST3K version. Seriously, move over Plan 9. “Untitled” is so bad, it’s good. And her quips, taken from thats-not-polite years of experience— she had me […]

Book Review: The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle

A couple weeks ago, the Little One and I finished The Ruby Key, a youth fantasy novel by Holly Lisle. As you can see, we gave our paperback quite a workout; it was brand new when we started. She—that is, the Little One—then collected 10 items from of the story for a “Book Bag,” a […]

Online Story Tuesday: Ilker Drennan

Formerly “Online Fiction Tuesday,” I considered renaming it “Online Fiction (and Truth!) Tuesday” so that I could include true stories, too. But since that’s so long-winded, maybe “Online Story Tuesday” would be just as apropos. Doesn’t matter, as this post’s subject is a fictional story, “Ilker Drennan” by Donna Gagnon, posted recently at Every Day […]

Online Fiction Tuesday #2

I did one of these a long, long time ago. Now that I’ve been trying to post more, in general, on a number of my blogs, I thought I’d try again.