Category Archives: Commentary

Anatomy of an edit: Less might not be more, but sometimes it’s better

This week’s Flash Friday prompt inspiration was “Pilgrim’s Progress” and the Elements that were given almost wrote the story in my head… only with 100 words +/- 1.. I had my work cut out for me. The first draft started out nicely: Good … Continue reading

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Welcome to the insanity that is: NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again: friends vanish for long stretches of time and start obsessing about word counts and write-ins, all in the name of NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who haven’t heard about it, November is National Novel … Continue reading

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Windows 10 – One feature that makes it worthwhile

When I’m not writing, or writing about writing… I’m a software developer with enough slashes after it to cover all things software, and more than a few hardware oriented geekly tasks.  It means wearing a lot of different hats, and … Continue reading

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Trying not to lose the reader

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned when it comes to Miro/Flash Fiction is keeping it short without losing the story– or the audience. With flash fiction, I’ve learned that you have to limit the scope of the story and … Continue reading

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55 Word Fiction

Believe it or not, I’m beginning to think that its easier to write a 55 word story than a 150 word story since there is no room for embellishments that will lead to overwriting… With the return of the 55 word challenge I’m … Continue reading

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A Serious Word on Backups…

Making a backup isn’t always enough – take it from me: go the extra step and make sure a) you’ve backed up what you think you have and b) it actually worked. I’ve just come back from a ‘catastrophic’ failure … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Flash Fiction Addict

Flash fiction contests can do a lot for writers, but it should come with an addiction warning. We’re coming up on the anniversary of my first submission to FlashFriday, and my first honorable mention.   I went from writing sagas … Continue reading

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