From November 2011

News Flash – Vol.3 #26

Maria Kelly’s  #fridayflash was published in the Florida Writers Association anthology “Let’s Talk” in October. Here is “The King and His Twenty-Three Subjects”, based on a favorite childhood nursery rhyme, on Maria’s blog.

Rebecca Emin’s story collection “A Knowing Look and Other Stories” is now available on both and Amazon.comSmashwords and (soon) on Lulu.

Over at Write AnythingTony Noland talks about NaNoWriMo, and why he is not doing it this year.

Eric J. Krause has been interviewed over at Andrew Butterworth’s place. Head on over and read his author interview.

Congratulations to all!


Consider it an early holiday gift from G. P. Ching, as her novel “The Soulkeepers” is free on Amazon USSmashwordsiBookstoreSony and Diesel.  If you have not read it yet, now is your chance!

Lisa McCourt Hollar is also very generous. Now and through the 30th, she is giving “Flashes From The Grave” away for free. Just use coupon code PF46J at checkout.

Thank you both for the early Christmas presents!

~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 26

It looks like the combo of NaNoWriMo and Thanksgiving in the States took its toll on participation this week. While we only had 39 stories posted to the Collector, there is still plenty of quality reading to be had. Included in that 39 are two debuts, stories by Jack Holt and JB Starre. Please drop in on them and welcome them to the #FrdiayFlash community.

If your story is not included below please enter the details into the Collector and it will be rolled into next week’s listing. I hope you all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a terrific time and stress free travels, and hope everyone else had a great weekend. Thank you all for participating in Friday Flash. ~jon Read more

News Flash – Vol.3 #25

Two of Linda Simoni-Wastila’s stories, “Number 72″ and “I Should Not Have Rushed You Through the Rain”, are up at Connotation Press. She also has an interview up on Meg Tuite’s blog.

I, Estrella Azul, have a new article up on Milliver’s Travels detailing Day of the Dead – a Romanian celebration honoring those who have passed. I would appreciate it if you drop by and let me know what you think of this foreign tradition.

John Wiswell won “Best #fridayflash of the Month” on Michael A. Tate’s place and has an interview up there, answering some fun questions.

Rebecca Emin has been interviewed on Rachel Connor’s blog. There is also a giveaway of her novel running there, so drop by, read her interview and leave a comment for a chance to win. Rebecca has also donated three of her stories recently to a support a cancer charity. (see below)

Congratulations to all!


To raise money for Help Harry Help Others, set up by an incredibly brave boy called Harry Moseley who recently died of a brain tumour at the young age of 11, Katharina Gerlach and Rachael Harrie have created a book out of some flash fiction stories generously donated by their authors who took part in the Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign. The book, “Campaigner Challenges 2011″, is now available via and as well as from Smashwords.

Maria Kelly let us know that The Were-Traveler is accepting submissions for X-mas horror, in the form of micro fiction and flash fiction.

~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 25

We had 48 stories this week with one debut, by Dave Cornford. Please welcome Dave to the #FridayFlash Community. If your story is not in this week’s listing please visit the Collector and add the details and we’ll include it in next week’s list.

Thanksgiving is coming up here in the States, so I expect turn out to be down next week, but you never know. As always, I want to thank all of you for participating in #FridayFlash. ~jon Read more

News Flash – Vol.3 #24

Yesterday was the launch of Shannon Esposito’s newest novel, “Karma is a Bitch”. Read her first author spotlight interview and learn more about the book here. You can purchase the book from Amazon here, or from Smashwords here.

After collaborating on Just My Blood Type, Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman will be releasing “Blood and Fire” for a menial price in February 2012 in all electronic formats.  Here is the first part of an excerpt on and the other half here on Nerine’s blog.


Frozen Lime Images have asked Rebecca Emin whether they can use a shot of her (taken at her first book signing) on the front cover of their 2012 calendar.

Michael J. Solender is digging into history with his piece in the Charlotte Observer.

The long-awaited Consumed Episode 2, in which John Wiswell and two friends try as hard as possible to ruin their careers by talking about all the media they have been consuming lately, is now available online with a third episode coming out soon.

Congrats to all!


With special thanks to Tim VanSant, we now have a Hall of Fame page here on FFDO which is a permanent record of our contest winners. Go check it out :)

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year and would like to share your experience with us please contact Jon Strother or E.D. Johnson. We would love to hear from you.

~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 24

To keep everyone on their toes I am actually getting the Report out in some semblance of “on time.” We had 44 stories this week including  3 debuts. Considering that we are in the throes of NaNoWriMo, that is pretty good turn out. Please welcome T.D.Boush, Rosalind Smith-Nazilli, and Lacy Lalonde to the #FridayFlash community.

If your story is not in the listing just visit the Collector and add your details. We’ll have it in next week’s listing. Thanks again to everyone who participates. I continue to believe this is one of the best communities of writers on the web. You are all terrific. ~jon Read more

Contest Wrap Up

Time to put the final wraps on the Name That Horror Movie Contest. Out of the ten stories officially entered only four had their titles guessed correctly. Congratulations to Don, Chris, Tim, and Deanna for correctly working out the puzzle of the prose. We are waving the frist three correct part of the rules and awarding prizes to all four of our intrepid readers. Please contact me via Twitter or Facebook direct message, or via email to indicate which of the prizes you prefer. I will be contacting the winning authors to arrange delivery of their prizes.

Below is the complete list of movies along with their hidden titles. I have to admit, I was only able to guess one. Thank you all for playing along. I hope you had as much fun with this as I did. ~jon

A Time to Talk, by Chris Gladis
movie: Manos, the Hands of Fate
No correct guesses

Breaking Olivia, by Lisa McCourt Hollar
movie: Lady In A Cage
No correct guesses

Destroying the Citadel: Part 2, by Harry Tennison
movie: The Hills Have Eyes
Ding! Congrats to Donald Conrad

Forbidden, by Kari Fay
movie: The Ring
Ding! Congrats to Chris Gladis

La Cage, by Timothy Collard
movie: Angel Heart
No correct guesses

Streetlights, Donald Conrad
movie: Last House on the Left
Ding! Congrats to Tim Collard

The Children of Cinema Lane, by John Wiswell
movie: The Monster Squad
No correct guesses

The Storm, by Ann Marie Gamble
movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Ding! Congrats to Deanna Schayer

The Rose Slasher, by Deanna Schrayer
movie = Dawn of the Dead
No correct guesses

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 23

I know this is very late but I think it better to get it out now than to issue a double wrap up next week. I’d like to thank Estrella for getting out the news yesterday, including the winners of the Name That Horror Movie Contest. Congrats to John Wiswell, Donald Conrad, and Kari Fay and to all the other writers who participated. I read every story in the contest and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’ll put up a listing Thursday of all the hidden titles and announce our other winners – the readers who guessed right.

This week we had 45 stories, down a bit from usual as NaNoWriMo begins to claim its vic… writers. Among those who posted this week we had 2 debuts. Please welcome Tom Gillespie and Chris Morton to the FridayFlash community. We are very pleased you have joined us. 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 listing (now just a few short days away!).

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year and would like to share your experience with us please contact me or E.D. Johnson. We would love to hear from you. ~jon Read more

News Flash – Vol.3 #23

Jodi MacArthur’s flash, “Free Mercury”, was featured over at Beat to a Pulp. She’s been a busy girl and also has a piece up, “Black, White and Red All Over”, at In Between Altered States. Congrats on both accounts, Jodi!

Helen Howell had a drabble for Halloween, “The trick and the treat”, published in the e-zine The Were-Traveler. Congratulations, Helen!


I (Estrella Azul) will be performing on someone else’s Stage, guest posting on Vie Hebdomadaires this week. My first guest post is up now, and you will be able to find the rest of my posts as well if you click right here.


Halloween Writing and Reading Contest  Winners Announcement

1st Place goes to The Children of Cinema Lane, by John Wiswell
2nd Place goes to Streetlights, by Donald Conrad, and
3rd Place goes to Forbidden, by Kari Fay

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thank you all for participating. This was a fun contest, both to organize and to participate in as a reader. We at FFDO hope all the writes enjoyed the challenge as much as we did and hope to see all of you, and more, in our next contest. ~ Jon


This week, the Friday Flash Report will be up on Wednesday, so check back for that tomorrow – it will include more details on the Halloween contest as well.


~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.

News Flash – Vol.3 #22

Cynthia Schuerr grilled Laura Eno over at The ~Heart~ of Writing. Read the interview here and see if you knew everything about Laura.

Alison Wells was quoted  in this article, Flash fiction: Intense, urgent and a little explosive, from the Irish Times by Declan Burke on flash fiction, what it is and its possibilities. Seems like Alison had quite a busy week, as she also had a short story, “Breaking News”, published on Metazen, which was part of Jodi Cleghorn’s Eighty Nine anthology, and was offered an eight day writing retreat!

Lisa Vooght had her short story, “Visible Signs”, published in the “After Dark: With Love” anthology by Ethics Trading. The net profits from every sale of the anthology will be passed to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Donald Conrad’s story, “Splatter Art”, was published over on Big Pulp Magazine.

Congrats to all!

My (Estrella Azul’s) newest travel article is now up on Milliver’s Travels in which I am giving Smart Tips for Your First Time in Paris. Feel free to drop by and let me know what you think. Even if you will not visit Paris any time soon, it is timeless info (and the photos are all pretty).


We have a (relatively) new group on FFDO, the Contests and Challenges group. There you will find news about ongoing and upcoming contests and challenges. Contests are occasional FFDO events with actual prizes. Challenges are monthly writing events which can be tossed out by any member and do not entail a prize, just bragging rights and a lot of fun. Join, and check this page monthly to see what the current challenge and/or contest is. Then toss your hat in the ring. ~jon

While you are there, do not forget to check out our older groups as well. Goodreads, where it is easier to connect with FFDO members who use Goodreads. Speculative Authors, for authors who love speculative fiction (fantasy, scifi, horror, etc) and for those speculating whether they should be an author. Criticize Me, the critique area for people seeking more in-depth commentary on their writing. Or our playful Bebo’s Group, for animal lovers.

~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.