My last two entries were hard to post, particularly Three Line Thursday one. It seems everything is ending: Midweek Blues Buster, MicroBookends, Three Line Thursday, Flash! Friday.The middle two I shall especially miss, as their concepts were fun above and beyond what you would expect from the description.
Happily some newer ones show promise.
Microcosms looks promising. Only week 2, and a lot of entries already.
I had hoped Story64 would take off, but I worry now it is floundering. But just as I went to it to get the link, I see the January edition is live, with some familiar names.
101words often provides an excellent read and is fun to submit to, so I will keep sending stories there. They are going to open a writing course soon, which I am sorely tempted by. It has a sister site, Flash Fiction Magazine for longer pieces that I might have a stab at soon.
While I love the instantaneous feedback you get with Flash Fiction, I am also trying to get a collection of other stories too. My Grand Writing Plan has shrunk from a novel, to a collection of short stories, to a collection of microfiction…. if this keeps up, I’ll just be knocking out a single haiku, slapping a cover on it and call it good.
Perhaps the next step in becoming a “real” writer is to submit to publications where they pay you, but I don’t think I am at that level just yet. At the moment I am focusing on writing something every day. Normally I’m far more of a dilettante, and fling the bulk of my work up on the internet, keeping very few words for myself.
At the moment I am just doing a drabble a day, but finding my own prompts and inspirations, rather than the whims of whoever is setting whichever flash fiction prompt I am following.
I will also be doing a short story a week based off a list of prompts for 52 stories in 52 weeks because I enjoy the shorter formats. As Chuck Wendig recently said, be the kind of writer you want to be and forget about everything and everyone else.
So my name is Dave James Ashton, and I like short and micro fiction.