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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. USA Today ~ Books recently had an announcement: New voices: Author Lou Beach’s ‘420 Characters’. The book’s description: “Miniature short […]

Microfiction ~ Revisited


A few days ago, we had the post, Breaking Boundaries ~ Microfiction, which you may want to look at before reading the rest of this post; mostly for the links and references it provides for this very new genre of literature… So, without further ado, I’ll present six more of Relish Resident’s microfiction stories. Oh! […]

Breaking Boundaries ~ Microfiction


I just left the virtual world, Second Life. I’d been to a literary Happy Hour, hosted by Relish Resident and dedicated to microfiction. Microfiction is so Niche that even Wikipedia doesn’t have a separate entry for it—it’s in with Flash Fiction… I’ve written many times about my experiences in Second Life and tonight’s event was […]

Flash Fiction Is Alive and Well


How long is a novel?  Some say at least 50,000 words; but, there are well-accepted novels that are shorter. How long is a novella? Longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. How long is a short story? Somewhere from about 1,500 words to upwards of (some say) 30,000 words. So, somewhere under […]

Fuel for Writers


I’ll begin with a huge generalization that I believe is hugely true:  Life is a writer’s fuel… Notwithstanding that rather large truth (and realizing that there are truths within Truth), I said in a past post (about stealing time to read…): “I’ve been reading lately to maintain my WriterlyMind—reading is what trained me for writing… […]