The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 5 Number 47

April 19, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 32 stories in the Collector this week with 1 debut. Please welcome Rosemary Bird-Hawkins to the community.

FFDO Founder JM Strother invites you to Toot Your Own Horn in his post this week. Click on over and give it a read and then don’t blow your chance to share with the community.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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Toot Your Own Horn

April 17, 2014 in Blog Tour / Blog Hop, Book Launch, Community News, Promotions by JM Strother

A gnome blowing a hornWe here at FFDO are continually amazed at the accomplishments of our community members.
We also are dedicated to help you celebrate those publication achievements, be they flash fiction sales, stories included in an anthology, or book launches (self or traditionally published). Thus the News Hound, which many of you take advantage of.

Another way we try to help you succeed is by providing you space right here on FFDO for guest posts.

If in conjunction with your latest achievement you plan to hold some sort of blog hop remember to include us on your stops. We’ll help you blow your horn.
Simply contact Estrella or me with your idea, and we will make room in our editorial schedule for your post. The nature of the posts are up to you – you can provide us a “press release” type of write up, a personal narrative about what you are sharing, or we can do an interview.
Interviews require a bit more lead time in that we have to send you the questions, receive the answers, and then do any follow up the original exchange may have left wanting.

For an example of an interview be sure to drop by next week when we will have Johanna Harness, founder of the #amwriting community, to discuss her new middle grade novel, “Spillworthy”. It is a terrific interview, and Johanna provides some keen insights based on her own journey to publication.
We hope you’ll drop by and share your thoughts and impressions.

We also accept guest posts that are not specifically news related.
If you would like to share your thoughts on writing, the writing life, the road to publication, or other writing/publishing related topics just contact us. Chances are excellent we will welcome your input.

Together, we make a great community. Let’s keep it going.

Contact Jon Strother at jmstro AT gmail.com.
Contact Estrella Ezul at estrella.azul AT fridayflash.org
~jon

*Public Domain image from Creative Commons.

NewsFlash – Vol. 5 #46

April 15, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello

NewsFlash

Michael J. Solender made it into another crime anthology – Check out “Black Male” in the John L. Thompson edited, “Hardboiled.”

Jodi Cleghorn has a guest post about Anthologies and Accidental Small Press Beginnings on the E-Book Revolution blog.

Estrella Azul took part in the #ArtiPeepsChat, a weekly chat hosted by Nicky Mortlock. It’s held every Wednesday with the creative folks involved with the ArtiPeeps site.

FridayFlash Wants You!  We are looking for writers to submit articles for the website, and any writing-related topic is welcome. Feel free to browse through our Thursday articles for inspiration – Reader’s Review, Book Tour Blog Hop and Interviews are just a few of our goodies. For more info on guidelines and to contact our editor, Estrella Azulclick here.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on Thursday to read an article where our own, Jon Strother details new types of articles we’ll be featuring starting at the end of this month.

Congratulations to everyone!

- Angie

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community through the News Hound form or by contacting me on FacebookGoogle Plus or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the #fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 5 Number 46

April 12, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 36 stories in the Collector this week with 0 debuts.

FFDO Editor Estrella Azul opens a vein in Writing away pieces of your soul for our Thursday Writing series this week. Click on over and give it a read and then put a little of your soul into the comments.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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Writing away pieces of your soul

April 10, 2014 in Editorial - of Sorts, Thursday Writing, Writers by Estrella Azul

Writing… We all do it. Bloggers do it. Writers do it. I’m a writer. Right?

I wrote my very first blog post when I was upset. Really upset. I cried all the way through.

I started my blog at a time when, after a health scare, after a life scare, everything around me seemed pitch black.
And it helped. The tiniest ray of light shined through from deep within. Things started brightening. Yet, somehow, it wasn’t enough.

I wrote my very first flash fiction when I was sad. Really sad. I cried all the way through.

Before I started creative writing, I’ve been reading a lot of it on my friends’ blogs. I kept wondering how they managed to write so well, to leave me speechless. To inspire me to such heights. I believe it was/is the personal touch. The fearlessness of imperfection.
The friend (and wonderful editor) who inspired me the most was the first person to read that very first piece I wrote. She loved it. She’s the reason I started writing. And I am the reason I’m still writing.

I transferred all my pain, all my sadness into the piece I wrote.
And it helped. The story couldn’t be further from the reality of my life, yet it absorbed everything I was working through.
In one sitting.
Most of what I write, I write in one sitting; I can’t really leave a story unfinished until I don’t have an at least very rough draft. I wrote several pieces like that one in the same manner. Yet, somehow, it wasn’t enough.

This year, I’ve mostly written poetry that bares a profound meaning to me. And come to think of it, almost all the poetry I’ve written is very personal, goes to a deep level, even when readers wouldn’t notice that no matter how many times they read said poem. I like that about free verse. I like that about poetry. Yet, somehow, it seems like it wasn’t enough.

Because the same goes for my blog posts. Especially lately. After that very first blog post I wrote, for a very long time my posts weren’t too personal. They all reflected what I love, hate, question, etc. They all reflected me. But they weren’t filled with as much emotion and meaning (again, even if only perceived by me alone) as my latest posts are.
This is something I noticed as I was searching for a poem I wrote, among my very first poems. I went back through my blog posts as I searched and noticed the shift through them.
Not from one extreme to the other. Not from one day to the next. But gradually. Steadily.
And the only writing there’s no shift in? The poems. They started out intricate and remain the same.

I wrote these imperfect thoughts you’re reading last night when I was supposed to be sleeping. When I was anxious. Really anxious. About most everything. With all the memories coming back to me. I cried all the way through.

What the conclusion was supposed to be when I started writing this I can’t recall. However, the conclusion now is this: it helped.

Yet, somehow, it isn’t enough. So I will keep writing away little pieces of my soul. And hope it will keep helping, hope it will teach me more about being fearless of imperfection.

I’m wondering: Why do you write? And are you, the same as I, writing away pieces of your Soul in the process? Have you noticed the kind of shift I described above, in your own writing ever since you published your very first post?

~Estrella Azul

*Originally published on my blog.

NewsFlash – Vol. 5 #45

April 8, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello

NewsFlash

Marc Nash has been very busy, with a poem published in Brine Book’s Human Rights anthology “Stanzas And Clauses For The Causes.” He also had a collection of Flash Fiction accepted for publication by Gumbo Press, and there’s an interview and two of flash stories in Issue 3 of the Literary E-Magazine “Innovative.”  And finally, he had an experimental flash accepted for publication on the Newer York Journal site.

Alan Baxter’s story, “Realm Shift” has been reviewed by Dan Hanks on Fantasy Faction.

Avery Tingle introduced his epic fantasy series, “Universal Warrior.”  The first story, “Before Red Morning,” is available now for free on Smashwords.

Matthew Williams kicked off the second of his Whiskey Delta zombie series, “Papa Zulu” with a promotion on Amazon.

Laura Besley’s flash anthology, “Snippets” is free to download through Tuesday, April 8th on Amazon.

FridayFlash Wants You!  We are looking for writers to submit articles for the website, and any writing-related topic is welcome. Feel free to browse through our Thursday articles for inspiration – Reader’s Review, Book Tour Blog Hop and Interviews are just a few of our goodies. For more info on guidelines and to contact our editor, Estrella Azulclick here.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on to read an article about how much soul we pour into our writing.

Congratulations to everyone!

- Angie

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community through the News Hound form or by contacting me on FacebookGoogle Plus or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the #fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 5 Number 45

April 5, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 43 stories in the Collector this week with 0 debuts.

FFDO NewsFlash Editor Angie Capozello sqees with delight in From Scene To Screen – Much Ado About Nothing for our Thursday Writing series this week. Click on over and give it a read and then add a little ado of your own in the comments.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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From Scene To Screen – Much Ado About Nothing

April 3, 2014 in From Scene to Screen, Thursday Writing by Angie Capozello

muchadoHello dear readers! Thanks to a request from the lovely Catherine Russell, this month’s post will continue the study of Shakespearean adaptions.  We’ll be taking a look at modernizing his plays.

I recently watched Joss Whedon’s  “Much Ado About Nothing,” which was absolutely brilliant (and not just because I was the fan-girl squeeing over all my favorite TV and comic book movie actors being involved.)   It’s amazing what a small, but highly talented group of actors can do in their back yard.  If you are a fan of Shakespeare you really must watch this adaptation.

The original story is a comedy centered around young lovers who are about to get married. Tied in is the mischief caused by their friends who are scheming to get another pair, who both proclaim they will never marry, together.  Add to that some political intrigues and you’ve got a pressure cooker of a dinner party just waiting to erupt.  In the end though, it all works out and both sets of lovers come together (Shakespeare was a sucker for a happily ever after).

Joss Whedon sets his version in modern day, but decided to keep the original dialogue.  While I didn’t mind the juxtaposition, I can’t decide whether it was a good idea or not.  It’s difficult to speak these parts without sounding like you’re speaking a foreign language.  It never quite comes across as natural.  Now, I think the actors did a fabulous job of making me forget that fact most of the time, but there were always points where the dialogue seemed a little stilted. It’s a tough decision for the screenwriter – if they keep it as-is, they must gamble on the talents of the actors to pull it off. I’m sure Joss wasn’t worried, not with this crew, but it’s something other writers making modern adaptations have to keep in mind.

As for the change in setting, I didn’t mind that at all. I’m always impressed with how well Shakespeare translates into modern eras.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether the characters are in tunics and hose or tuxedos and bowties; they always seem to fit right in. Love, jealousy and mischief are timeless.  Which is a huge boon to any writer doing a modern take; it gives them a rather large sandbox to play in.

So, what is your favorite (or least favorite) modern version of Shakespeare?  Did you mind the dialogue?  What else about the adaption worked, or didn’t work for you?   I’ll look forward to reading your comments!

-Angie

NewsFlash – Vol. 5 #44

April 1, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello

NewsFlash

G.P. Ching swept the rankings in the iTunes ebook store in the Paranormal listings. That’s right, #1 through 5, plus the top free ebook, “The Soulkeepers”.

Dan Powell continued his book launch blog tour on Smash Lits, with an interview by Sara Crowley on March 27th. He also discusses the book launch for his sort story collection, “Looking Out of Broken Windows.

Charlotte Comley shared news about the Writers Village Short Story Contest – The Writers’ Village award is one of the world’s largest short story competitions that specifically welcomes new writers from anywhere in the English-speaking world. Cash prizes totaling £4500 ($7200) can be won in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Competition summer 2014 for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words.  Find out more details and how to enter on their website. She has also shared a list of Flash Fiction Publishers, for anyone looking to get their FridayFlash gems into print.

Alan Baxter revealed the cover of his book, “Bound,” Book 1 of The Alex Caine Series coming out through HarperVoyager.

L. E. White’s first stand alone story, a novella called “Forever and Always“, will be published by Sirens Call Publications.

FridayFlash Wants You!  We are looking for writers to submit articles for the website, and any writing-related topic is welcome. Feel free to browse through our Thursday articles for inspiration – Reader’s Review, Book Tour Blog Hop and Interviews are just a few of our goodies. For more info on guidelines and to contact our editor, Estrella Azulclick here.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on to read our new article in the From Screen to Scene series, discussing a new Shakespearean adaptation – this time of Much Ado About Nothing.

Congratulations to everyone!

- Angie

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community through the News Hound form or by contacting me on FacebookGoogle Plus or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the #fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 5 Number 44

March 29, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 40 stories in the Collector this week with 2 debuts. Please welcome Jessica and Grace Elizabeth Baker to the community.

FFDO Contributing Correspondent Catherine Russell spins Fairytales: Not for the Faint of Heart in our Thursday Writing series this week. Click on over and give it a read. Then join the conversation in the comments (and live happily ever after….)

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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