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Flash Fiction Day 2017

Stories written for Flash Fiction Day 2017: I’ll be updating this post throughout the day if you want to keep up. If you’d like to get involved with this event yourself, you can sign up here! As long as it’s still June 24th in your time zone, it’s not too late!

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“Buttman to the rescue!”

“Wait, what?”

“Your friendly neighbourhood Buttman is here to rescue you. That’s what.”

“Yeah, I got that. The whole thing sort of came out of left field for me, though. I thought you just had a really impressive cleft chin or something.”

“Nope. My heroic visage is a sign to evildoers everywhere that they’re in for a serious ass-kicking.”

“Oh.”

“No ifs, ands, or butts.”

“But…surely there are butts? Surely that’s your whole superhero persona?”

“I guess…”

“And isn’t it a little unwise to bring up ass-kicking when your face is…you know…”

“Look, everyone has an ass, alright? I’m not the only person that can be flipped against. When other superheroes talk about ass-kicking, you don’t assume it’s going to be theirs that gets kicked, do you?”

“I think other superheroes just avoid that sort of pottymouth altogether, if I’m honest.”

“Hey! Don’t be cheeky.”

“Was that a butt pun?”

“I crack jokes. It’s part of my persona.”

“Oh.”

“When I said ‘crack’ just now, that was also a…”

“Yeah, I got that.” Continue reading

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The Official Flash Fiction Day 2017 Blog Post

Welcome flashers one and all! During the 24 hours of June 24th (in their respective time zones), the people listed here will be attempting to produce as many flash fiction pieces (between one and one thousand words inclusive in length) as possible.

If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late! Just leave a comment on this sign-up post (no account or email required) letting me know you’re a new writer who wants to join in. You can then leave a link to your Flash Fiction Day pieces below. Separating sign-ups and submissions like this makes it easier for me to work out if I’m adding a whole new participant to the event or if I’m just pasting a link next to a name that’s already in there.

Here’s the plan for the day:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 24th, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Submit a blog post titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Comment with a link to your post on this Official Flash Fiction Day blog post. I’ll add a thumbnail next to your name as quickly as possible, but until then people can at least find it in the comments.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You should end up with something that looks a little like this.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available right here so readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 24th ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

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June 24th: Flash Fiction Day 2017

It’s that time of year again! On June 24th (this time to coincide with Calum Kerr’s previously unrelated National Flash Fiction Day) I will be holding a 24 hour flash fiction extravaganza lasting a whopping 48 hours. Time zones are funny that way. Here’s a run-down of the rules/guidelines that I’ve shamelessly copied from the 2015 and 2016 events (though you might notice that those links point to deviantART, but you’re just as welcome to participate here without an account or even an email address).

Before June 24th:

  1. Comment on this post letting me know you want to take part.
  2. I put together an “official” Flash Fiction Day post listing all the participants.

On June 24th:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 24th, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post on my official FFD post (not this sign-up one). I’ll approve it and add the link to the post itself as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You should end up with something that looks a little like this.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 24th ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

That’s pretty much it! If you’re interested in the event, all you have to do now is leave a comment on this blog post letting me know and I’ll add your name to the list (so if you’re commenting without an account, please be sure to enter the same name you intend to use on the day). The participant count tripled between last year and the year before, so I’m hoping for an even better turnout this time around! Even if you only get one flash fiction piece written all day, that’s one more than you would have had otherwise.

Flash Fiction Day 2016

The following are my stories, all written in just 24 hours as part of Flash Fiction Day 2016 (I’ll be updating it over the course of the event). If you’re looking for all the other stories written for this event, then that link will have them all. If not, you may as well read on!

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“Gnome-slave!” The White Witch clapped her hands.

“Yeah?”

The witch rolled her eyes. “Gnome-slave, I am the malevolent ruler of an enchanted land, and you are the trusted servant who sits at my right hand. When I summon you, it is a thing of great import. Do not simply say ‘yeah’ in response.”

“Sorry,” said the gnome, hurriedly. “I mean: ‘Yeah, yer maj?’”

The witch rolled her eyes again. It wasn’t perfect, but it would have to do: on this day her minion’s sloppy throneroom etiquette was the least of her concerns. “Gnome-slave, I have received word that certain Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve have chanced upon my realm, transported through the ensorcelled wardrobe of the tales of old.”

“Yeah?” said the gnome, again. Then he spotted the witch’s expression. “That is, ‘ow portentious an’ wotnot. Do continue.” Continue reading

The Official Flash Fiction Day 2016 Blog Post

Here it is! The official list of participants for Flash Fiction Day 2016. From midnight to midnight on June 22nd (in their respective time zones) these fine writers will be attempting to produce as many flash fiction pieces as possible (from 1 to 1,000 words in length) in just 24 hours. If you haven’t signed up already, that link above will take you to the blog post where you can do that: I’ll be accepting new participants right up until the end of the event, so it’s still not too late to jump in!

If you’re trying to pick one of these to read, you may also like to look at the version of this list available on deviantART, where previews of each submission are available.

Here are the rules once again:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 22nd, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Leave a link to your post in the comments below (you don’t need an account or even an email address to do this). I’ll approve your comment and add the link to the body of this post as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You might consider tweeting each time a new story becomes available to read.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 22nd ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

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June 22nd: Flash Fiction Day 2016

You might recall that on June 22nd last year, I organised a Flash Fiction Day event. The overall goal of this event was to try and write as many flash fiction pieces as possible in just 24 hours (I personally managed 24 stories in the end, while GDeyke topped the By Lucifer’s Beard, How Do You Even Do That? scoreboard with a whopping 90). Well, the basic idea behind Flash Fiction Day this year will be no different, and it’ll be no different to the extent that I’m literally copying and pasting the rules from last time around:

Before June 22nd:

  1. Comment on this post letting me know you want to take part.
  2. I put together an “official” Flash Fiction Day post listing all the participants.

On June 22nd:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 22nd, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post on my FFD post. I’ll approve it and add the link to the post itself as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You might consider tweeting each time a new story becomes available to read.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 22nd ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

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Damon L. Wakes’ Flash Fiction Day Stories

FFM Colour Bands (very large)The following stories were produced for Flash Fiction Day 2015. I’ll be updating this post with new stories throughout the day.

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At a glance, the Human Fly wasn’t the most obvious choice of accomplice for a bank job. But X-Ray Ted wasn’t one to make decisions based on a mere glance. The Fly might not have the strength to heave a sack of gold bricks, or the mind-reading powers to get the guards’ security codes, he possessed one trait that no other supervillain had. Or wanted.

Super-corrosive bug vomit.

X-Ray Ted’s incredible X-ray vision had long ago revealed an odd quirk of this particular bank vault. The bulktanium mega-alloy of the door was capable of withstanding lasers, saws, and 99.9% of superhero eye beams, but for some reason had pretty much no resistance to being melted by acid. A can of supermarket own brand orangeade could probably strip the finish off. The Human Fly’s gastric juices could eat right through the hinges.

And so they did.

As the door of the vault crashed to the ground, the bank’s alarm began to blare. They would have only forty seconds until the cops arrived, but that was thirty-one more seconds than they needed. X-Ray Ted’s surveillance had been comprehensive. He ducked inside, gathered up a few choice—priceless—items, and let the Fly take his share.

The Human Fly hesitated, torn between a big bag with a dollar sign on it and a guard’s half-eaten bagel.

“Come on!” shouted X-Ray Ted, “We’ve got to go!”

The Fly took the bagel and stuffed it in the bag, which he heaved over his shoulder. He wasn’t smart, thought X-Ray Ted, but he wasn’t stupid either.

There were sirens in the distance. X-Ray Ted made a dash for the nearest window, the Human Fly buzzing noisily behind him. Ted jumped head first through the glass, did a flip, and landed on his feet in the alley outside. A standard superhero/villain move—banal, really—but it got the job done. He checked behind him.

The Human Fly was still inside, hovering just in front of the window.

BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! He took another shot at getting through the window, but brained himself on the wall next to it. BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP!

“It’s right there!” shouted X-Ray Ted, from seven feet away. “It’s right in front of you!”

BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! The Human Fly caught the top of the windowframe this time. BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP!

The sirens grew louder.

“Come on!”

BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP! BZZZzzzzzzzTHWAP!

Finally, the Human Fly found the window and made his way outside. Then straight back in. X-Ray Ted considered running off and leaving him, but that would seriously affect his bragging rights down at the supervillain local. He hopped back inside the bank and tried to shoo the Human Fly out through the window, but it just freaked him out.

BZZZzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! The Human Fly made a lazy lap around the foyer.

The cops burst through the door.

X-Ray Ted gave up. This was no longer the perfect crime he’d had his eye on, and bragging rights were the least of his worries. He dove back out through the window, and was immediately tackled to the ground.

“Should have used the door,” remarked Commissioner Hindsight, as he slapped the cuffs on him.

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Flash Fiction Day 2015

The Official Flash Fiction Day Journal is now posted on deviantART for all to see!

Though there so far hasn’t been any interest on the sign-up post, the response on deviantART has been even better than expected! I’m looking forward to seeing a good range of short stories coming in for this event. If you want to read them, here’s that link again. New work will be added throughout the day.

And if you’re interested in reading my own Flash Fiction Day stories, they’ll gradually be added to one huge blog post, so keep an eye out for updates on Twitter or check back here from time to time.

And if you feel like writing something for Flash Fiction Day, go ahead and post the link in the comments below! I’d be more than happy to share your work in this very post.

Here’s a rundown of the event:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 22nd, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post on my FFD post. I’ll approve it and add the link to the post itself as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Add those new stories to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You might consider tweeting each time a new story becomes available to read.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 22nd ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

Flash Fiction Day Sign-up

June 22nd is fast approaching, meaning there’s just two weeks until Flash Fiction Day!

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I know using lightning to illustrate flash fiction is unoriginal, but this was the closest thing I could find to a photograph of sparks leaping from a writer’s tear-soaked keyboard.

With that in mind, I figure now would be a good time to start getting organised. The basic premise of the event–write as many flash fiction pieces as you can in 24 hours–doesn’t really need all that much planning, but it seems sensible to get a rough idea how many people are interested in doing this and who they are. I’ve also set up a similar sign-up post over on deviantART, where the event has generated the most interest, but it seems sensible to offer the same opportunity over here where there’s no need for an account or email address to participate. So, if you want to get involved: Continue reading

Flash Fiction Day: June 22nd

In a weird combination of planning way ahead and being really late, I’d like to let people know about an event I’m planning to organise for Flash Fiction Day (June 22nd): an event that G. Deyke already let people know about an entire month ago. So while there’s ages to go before the day itself, I’ve also been pretty slow to get this out there.

Or, as an alternative way of looking at it, this idea is so incredibly amazing that I didn’t have a chance to get it out there first. Let’s go with that. Continue reading