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MicroFiction Reprise :-)

Our Internet Age has spawned what appears to be an appetite that’s appeased in bits and bites rather than in full-course meals.

It’s even become a form of writing, whether in blogs, news, or fiction.

The Paris Review had a clutch of excerpts from Lou Beach’s forthcoming book, 420 Characters : Stories.

The book’s description: “Miniature short stories written as Facebook updates, when there was a 420-character limit, spaces and punctuation included.”

Lou Beach’s Site quotes Kirkus Reviews: “Celebrated illustrator Beach…turns his uncommon sensibilities to the written word, composing a small fortune in vignettes that originally appeared as Facebook updates. An adroit experiment that marries linguistic restraint to literary cool.

I was alerted to this new release by a good friend of mine on Book Island in the virtual world, Second life.

His name is Brokali now. As often happens, since Second Life is a virtual world, folks will re-create themselves, changing their names along with their appearance.

Brokali’s name in Real Life is Johnpaul Mahofski and, when he still had the name Relish (in Second Life), I did two posts about his MicroFiction which included 10 of his superb stories.

Johnpaul is a librarian at the Eastern Correctional Institution in the State of Maryland in the U.S. A.

He’s written a huge number of Facebook Fiction stories (as well as other lengths) in the new Literary Realm

Do, please, check out our sampling of Johnpaul’s masterful fiction in these two posts:

Breaking Boundaries ~ Microfiction

Microfiction ~ Revisited

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12 responses to “MicroFiction Reprise :-)

  1. Simone Benedict February 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    As I reread these, again I think brilliant. And I long for more.


  2. Simone Benedict February 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I send my best to Johnpaul in the challenges he faces. May he conquer them all and go forth in writing.

    Had a chance to begin reading at Beach’s website too. What a nice break in my day that was! Thanks for sharing this Alexander!


  3. chaz desimone February 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Alexander, I read online short stories a lot if they’re free, and if they’re not I pay for them. It’s great stuff, especially if you don’t want to stay up all night (I have no self control with a good mystery). Now flash fiction is even a faster read. And you’ve just introduced me to microfiction. Thanks. (Someday will I be able to blink an eye and have read an entire story?)


  4. chaz desimone February 24, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Hey, I just noticed the & ~ before my name in your blogroll. Thanks, my friend!


  5. Jane Watson February 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I don’t care what name Johnpaul writes under, (although I quite like Johnpaul), when I reread these microfictions I was reminded what a very talented writer he is:) Your audience awaits you, JP!


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