Flash Fiction January Retrospective

It’s February! We’re already thirty-seven days into 2018 and, unlike this time in 2017, I feel like time is blasting forward. You know the old adage: late nights and early mornings; and the weekends are never quite long enough.

But one thing that hasn’t slowed down, even during the work week, has been my approach to creating new flash fiction short stories for the year. For those who don’t know or want a refresher, I establish context back HERE. My dad told me that this flash fiction challenge is a bit aggressive; and I agree with him. But there’s a nagging voice in the back of my head that confronts adversity with a bull-headed attitude. It’s one of my best qualities in the face of overcoming personal frustration and tribulations. It’s also annoying because I have to temper when I need to just ‘let things go’ and chalk it up to experience. But I’m getting better at finding that sweet spot every day.

Bottom line is that I like this challenge. Plus, I’m creating this large bank of possible seeds for longer stories down the road if they don’t shake out as flash fiction prompts. Even more so than last year when I began to take the notion of a schedule seriously, this output has me staying consistent (and making use of dead time at work outside of lunch).

Previously, I only posted them on my Nifty Notebook Tumblr. I didn’t want to spam this blog (and more importantly, my email subscribers) with too much content to the point where it got annoying. But then I asked myself, why have a website if you’re not directing traffic towards it? So I decided to create a submission page for my Flash Fiction. It’s still a bit of a work in progress but by the end, it’ll divide up my flash fiction posts by week number. Plus I still plan on updating the page weekly to show the new short stories that I’ve written.

I have three to do this week, instead of two, in order to catch up. But I’m looking forward to it; and in order to challenge myself, I’ve been looking for prompts and concepts a bit lighter in tone to tackle for the month. The spark for this probably starting from finishing The Restaurant At the End of the Universe, the sequel to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a week ago. I don’t want to make it a habit of only writing serious and melodrama. It’s supposed to be a fun exercise after all.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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