Flash Fiction: Haiku Throwdown

Dear God, what have I gotten myself into now?? I am honored … okay, too strong … I am advised by Dan Alatorre that I have advanced to the final round in his Flash Fiction Challenge: Haiku Edition. Are there prizes? Highly unlikely, but if there are, I suspect they may involve alcohol. More specifically, virtual alcohol. As in, “Cheers! You won!” Ah, what the hell. In for a penny, in for a pound. Whatever the hell that means.

So, for the final round, Dan took the Random Topic Generator for a spin, and this is what that evil device came up with: (more…)

Flash Fiction

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent at least as much time helping my daughter polish her query letter as working on my novel. One thing of my own that I have managed to complete is a piece of flash fiction. For those unfamiliar, flash fiction is a story told in (typically) 1,000 words or less. The one I wrote (for submission to New England Crime Bake, a writers’ conference I’m attending in two weeks) had to be (gasp!) 150 words or less. Now, I have never been known as A Woman of Few Words, so to say this was a monumental task for me is to woefully underestimate the quantity and volume of the voices in my head.

As they say in the late-night infomercials: But wait! (more…)