The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 44

March 31, 2012 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 43 stories in the Collector this week with 1 Debut. Please welcome Daragh Beirne to the community. The stories this week fall under 13 different genres including one each in Experimental, Mystery, Paranormal, and Romance. What a wonderfully diverse community we have!

Make sure you check out our updated I Write #FridayFlash Badge page. And if you participate at all in our little weekly exercise, please consider putting a badge on your blog or personal website.

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. ~Tim Read the rest of this entry →

My Name is Friday. I Carry a Badge.

March 29, 2012 in Community News, How-To, Tech by Tim VanSant

I Write #FridayFlash BadgeYou’ve probably seen this badge around as you visit sites reading #FridayFlash. When our editor, E. D. Johnson, instituted the program last summer it was always our intention to streamline the process. We’re making some steps in that direction. Today we are unveiling our new and improved I Write #FridayFlash Badge page. This page has two significant improvements over the old version: the list of authors is sortable and searchable and you can add yourself to the list.

Participating Authors

The list of participating authors is now in a table that you can sort by genre or author’s name just by clicking on the heading at the top of the column. Clicking again reverses the order. You can then shift-click another column heading to sort the results. And what I think is the best feature is the search function. Start to type a word in the search box and all the columns are dynamically filtered. So, for example, if you’re in the mood for something funny you could type humor in the search box and see only those authors who have that listed. Want to know who writes funny and scary? Just leave a space and enter another search term like horror and you’ll find there are a few authors in our community who list both.

As much as I love this improvement, it did come at a cost. On the old page, you could click the author’s name to go to their website. I’ve had a devil of a time trying to get that to work in the new format. I’ll keep working on it and plan to add that in later. In the meantime, if anyone has experience with jQuery Datatables on a WordPress site, I could use some technical assistance. BTW, we’re working on a similar table for listing #FridayFlash stories. We hope to have that ready later this year.

Add Your Name to the List

On the old page you had to leave a comment when you had the badge in place on your site and then E.D. or someone on our tech team had to edit our page to add you to the list. Now we have a form similar to the one we use for the Collector and you can add yourself. And, like the Collector, if you are a member here at FFDO I set it up to read your Name, Email address, and Website address from your profile to save you a few seconds filling in the form. There was a slight trade-off here too. The genres listed are the same as those on the Collector (except there’s no “Unspecified” category here, it’s just blank instead). I did recently add a few genres to the Collector to match some of the choices you made, but I didn’t add them all. It’s something of a balancing act to provide a comprehensive selection that is still manageable in size. We are, of course, open to suggestions for amending the list. Let us know in the comments how we can improve it.

If I made a mistake in transferring your information into the new table or if you want to change it for any reason (for example if you get a new web address or you want to change genres or the order of your genres) use the form to enter the new information. When I see a duplicate name, I’ll assume the new entry is correct and delete the old entry. (Only one listing will be provided for each author with up to three genres.) Also you should know that when I updated the list I looked for the badge displayed and linked correctly at the address listed. There were a couple sites that no longer exist and a few that apparently no longer display the badge, so I removed them from the list. If the link was not correct, I sent you an email requesting that you update your site. (Instructions are on the badge page. Let us know if you need technical assistance. The correct URL is http://fridayflash.org/press/badges/i-write-fridayflash-badge/)

Oh, and if you participate in #FridayFlash and have your own blog or website but you don’t have a badge yet, go get one now!

~ Tim

News Flash – Vol.3 #43

March 27, 2012 in Community News, News Flash by Estrella Azul

Jodi Macarthur’s flash, “Tap”, has a place in the 9 Days of Madness over at The Leaky Pencil.

Featured at Bibliophilic Blather was  “Precious Sleep”Janel Gradowski’s #fridayflash for last week.

Virginia Moffatt’s flash fiction piece, “Following the Real Miss Piggy”, is being published in a pamphlet to accompany the Manchester based Blank Media Collective’s “Inside” art exhibition.

On the Bookbag website, Marc Nash was interviewed about his writing.

Congratulations to all!

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Tim Van Sant has some news regarding the “I write#FridayFlash” badge page here on FFDO. Expect that in a full post on Thursday.

~ Estrella Azul

 

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at estrella.azul@fridayflash.org or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the#fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 43

March 24, 2012 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 54 stories in the Collector this week with 5 Debuts. Please welcome Natalie Bowers, Leigh Andrews, Elizabeth R.E., Lisa Lane, and Alex Tomlin to the community. The stories this week fall under 13 different genres; the most common this week are Slice of Life, Fantasy, and Horror. What a wonderfully diverse community we have!

If you missed Jon’s post about the first anniversary of the FFDO site, you can still catch it here and add a comment if you like. We are soliciting ideas to make the site ever better, so put your two cents worth in. (And if we offer you a penny for your thoughts, why does it sound like we both lose money on the deal?) We’ll be updating the I Write #FridayFlash Badge page next week. Look for details on Thursday.

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. ~Tim Read the rest of this entry →

Happy (belated) Birthday to Us

March 23, 2012 in Celebration, Community News, Friday Flash by JM Strother

A birthday cake with one candle by Hatem RiahiYesterday was FFDO’s first birthday. Despite repeated reminders that it was coming up I somehow managed to miss the date. Like a bad father who can’t even be at his kid’s first birthday party, I was off doing something else. At any rate, I don’t want the anniversary to pass completely unmarked, thus this (albeit late) post.

Happy Birthday FFDO, and thank you to all the folks that make it happen. That includes the terrific Tiger Team (Angie, ED, Estrella, Susan, and Tim), as well as all the folks who read and write #FridayFlash. None of this would happen without all of you.

We have grown over the course of the year, and now have 101 on site members, 93 subscribers, and 347 members on Facebook. Not bad for an Internet writing meme. We hope to grow more in the next year, and toward that end are implementing some more user friendly features. You’ll hear more about that from Tim soon. We are also looking for suggestions from you, the readers and writers, on suggestions on how to improve the website and bring you more features you might find useful.

So if you have any suggestions, or even general comments, please feel free to express them below. We hope to see you all here again next year.
~jon

Photo by Hatem Riahi (HatM) via Flickr Creative Commons: attribution, noncommercial, and share alike

 

News Flash – Vol.3 #42

March 20, 2012 in Community News, News Flash by Estrella Azul

Tony Noland’s science fiction piece, “Sunset at the Sea of Fertility”, was published in the spec-fic anthology “Ride the Moon”. Over at Write Anything, Tony talks about his process of working on this piece.

John Wiswell’s flash, “Shark Café”, was abroad as John has phrased it, appearing at Bibliophilic Blather.

Tara Fox Hall’s #fridayflash, “In the night”, was featured over at Flashes in the Dark this past week.

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Carrie Clevenger’s book, “Crooked Fang”, has a home on the Lyrical Press website. The launch date is August 20, 2012, but you can check out Carrie’s blog post for a quick peek at the e-book cover.

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My (Estrella Azul’s) latest travel article is up over at Milliver’s Travels. It’s about a place and country I haven’t written about before, which is filled with so much beauty and history - Some Medieval and Natural Gems of Lillafüred, Hungary.

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Feel like sliding on over to The Were Traveler and check out the contest for the Vampire issue—Blood Vengeance: Vampyre? Maria Kelly assures us the stories will be posted for voting close enough to the first Friday in May to allow you to tweet your entries as Friday Flash!

Congrats to all! Go on our dear readers, click through and leave everyone some love :) And if you enter the contest, break a leg!

~ Estrella Azul

 

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at estrella.azul@fridayflash.org or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the#fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

 

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 42

March 17, 2012 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 52 stories in the Collector this week with 3 Debuts. Please welcome Shan Jeniah Burton, Stu, and Chris Cruz to the community. The stories this week fall under 15 different genres; the most common this week are Fantasy, Horror, and Slice of Life. What a wonderfully diverse community we have!

While #FridayFlash as a Twitter meme is nearly three years old this site is a more recent development. The first post here on FFDO went up just a year ago on 22 March 2011. We are still growing and still trying to determine how best to serve the community. As we approach our first anniversary, we hope you will take some time to consider what this community means to you. What can we do together to make #FridayFlash even better?

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. ~Tim Read the rest of this entry →

The Good, The Bad, and the Exciting

March 15, 2012 in BOFF 2, Community News, eMergent Publishing, Friday Flash by JM Strother

Three hot air balloons being filled.It has been some time since the last update on BOFF 2, but rest assured we are getting closer to a launch all the time. As an editor, I have been less than great at keeping everyone informed on how things are developing, so all participants have every right to think I am just full of hot air. Hopefully, this post will help make amends for past shortcomings.

The Good
We will be sending out emails shortly to all the authors who have made the cut. All stories were selected after careful consideration from a pool of anonymous entries. While not perfect, it was the most fair method I could imagine. Thanks to all the judges who performed this difficult task. Without you, there would be no BOFF 2.

The Bad
We will also be sending out emails to all the authors who did not make the cut. For me, as Editor, this is the hardest part of the job. I will have to send emails to folks I have come to know over time, many of whom I regard as friends, and let them know the bad news. The only thing that makes it bearable is the fact that the stories were judged blind. Still, judging is subjective. Just because one story got a higher score than another does not necessarily mean the one was better than the other. You may have simply gotten judges that did not particularly like your genre. Or one who had just read another similar story, so the concept no longer felt fresh in their minds. Please do not take “No” as a failure. It is not. It is simply a set back. Your story will likely easily find another venue.

The Exciting
We will also be including a proposal to the authors who made the cut in the acceptance email, probably as an attachment. We have had a very generous offer from a publisher, one many of you will be familiar with, to do the typesetting, cover, production, and distribution of both the ebook and print versions. That’s right, we have the opportunity to have the BOFF 2 published with an actual imprint, that of eMergent Publishing. Regular participants may know the publishers of eMergent, Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson. Both are members of the #FridayFlash community, and some of you have even been published through them previously. I have as well.

When I first set up #FridayFlash, we had to come up with a name. That quest lead me to Jodi Cleghorn, who I described at the time as “a lovely soul.” She has proved this once again, along with Paul, via their very kind offer. In short, eMergent is allowing the #FridayFlash community to publish through them at minimal cost as one of their community projects – i.e. a public service. Full details will be included in the forthcoming email.

To move forward on this, we simply need buy in from our authors. So read over the email when you get it and let us know if you are in or out. No response will indicate a decline, and we will not be able to include you. I sincerely hope you will all buy in, and we look forward to taking the #FridayFlash community a little higher in the world of publishing. We sincerely want to help you soar.
~jon

Public Domain photo by John Storr, via Wikimedia Commons. Thank you, John. The world needs more folks like you.

News Flash – Vol.3 #41

March 13, 2012 in Community News, News Flash by Estrella Azul

Alison Wells’ #fridayflash, “Self-Posession”, was featured over at Amwriting.Org last Friday.

Gail Aldwin’s flash, “Yearning”, appears on the National Flash Fiction Day website.

Jodi Cleghorn’s first acceptance of the year is in, as her flash, “Intersected”, will appear in the second issue of “Vine Leaves Literary Journal”.

After her first e-book, “Haunted”, came out in February,  Janel Gradowski’s second volume of the Six stories: One theme series, “Revenge”, is now out and available on Amazon.

In his post “Digging for gold, finding lead” over at Write Anything, Tony Noland talks about what he does well, what he does poorly and how he can tell the difference. Also, in his post “Endurance: whatever happens, just keep writing” over at Amwriting.Org, Tony talks about talk about endurance as a writer, how you keep it going for the long haul.

Rebecca Emin has been interviewed for last week’s Writer Wednesday on The Ether Blog.

Congrats to all!

~ Estrella Azul

 

Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at estrella.azul@fridayflash.org or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter. Or feel free to share your news by posting on the#fridayflash Facebook Group Page.

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 3 Number 41

March 10, 2012 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 53 stories in the Collector this week with 1 Debut. Please welcome Nadine Maritz to the community. The stories this week fall under 13 different genres; the most common this week are Fantasy, Horror, and Slice of Life. What a wonderfully diverse community we have!

The testing of the Collector was successful enough that I have completed this round of upgrades. FFDO members may now have the Title and Link to their most recent post as well as their Name and TwitterID automatically filled in the form. We hope you find this to be a useful benefit to your membership.

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. ~Tim Read the rest of this entry →