Participation is dropping, which is sad. As much as it’s about quality (which we have in abundance) rather than quantity, I’ll need to look at the numbers over the coming weeks to see if its worth continuing.
A massive thank you to those that contribute have done so with such gusto over the last 17 weeks.
As always, write a story within the character limit, based on the prompt, below.
Keep liking, commenting and contributing and you get points (DogTreats). The more you are involved the more you get awarded. There are badges, ranks and leaderboards that showcase your participation.
While #vss365 continues its ascent towards world domination (TM-Image Ronin), we have attracted a small but very persistent number of hash-tag abusers (not a real thing, but it’s the easiest way to describe it). This has caused some mild annoyance to a few people and I’ve tried really hard, in various ways, to stem this flow. All attempts have been exhausted now, so I ask that if this is an issue for you that you consider different types of filters to help de-junk your #vss365 search. I know many of you do this already.
I tried, but it’s a rare failure, sorry.
In new news, an active community FlashDog member, Avalina, is very passionate about VR and sees it as a way of connecting members and enabling greater interaction. You don’t need a VR headset apparently. If you are interested send a Tweet to @flashdogs and we’ll put you in touch.
Now, to the main business…
FlashFeeD numbers seem to go down with happy prompts – so I’ll give you something darker this week.
We’ve thrown him into a fictional situation, where the world is ending, the zombies are approaching and Steve is hunkered down in a library.
We asked which traditional books he’d save, which indie books, a film, and two weapons (which could be fictional).
My five traditional books would be:
Any good quality Dictionary. I can never remember words at the best of times, and if I’m living in a world of Zombies then standards will decline pretty quickly, so a reference book is a must for any writer
The complete works of Shakespeare – to read, to act out, to inspire, and to see if I could convince the Zombies to put on their own production of Macbeth or Hamlet
Lord of the Rings- I never get bored of it, and orcs are just Zombie elves after all
Dombey and Son – a nice big beefy Dickens of a novel. I can use it as a seat or step, and Dickens packs his novels with good humour and great characters, and in the smiling Carker one of my fave villains
I capture the castle – something light and full of joy to remind me of pre-zombie good times
My two Indy choices
I ‘ve very little experience of Indy books, something I need to work on, but my choices would be:
Pressed flowers by Bianca Bowers – poetry is good for the soul and open to endless interpretation, and this is a wonderful collection that might just stave off the loneliness of a post apocalyptic zombie world existence
Archipelago- I have read some of G H Neale’s book which I enjoyed but I haven’t had time to read more, so after a hard day ‘s fighting Zombies, I’d like to remedy that and seeing as my wife and kids will probably be zombified, I’ll have few distractions.
Thanks for your wonderful continued creativity and awesome community support.
Remember that we have a new feature, Zombie City Library, in which community members will explain why they’re saving books from the apocalypse. I have a few volunteers already, just shout and I’ll add you to the list.
New story prompt below. It’s the sort of place that might be in Grind Spark the amazing debut novel from FlashDogs artistic director, Tam Rogers. If you didn’t get a copy already, I highly recommend it. A perfect tale for the times we face at the moment.
I’m loving the leader-board, the ranks, points and awards. Let me know every time you leave a book review for a member of the community (either a participant here or #vss365 or someone you know is part of the extended FlashDogs family) and I’ll start adding special badges to your collection.
Great to have your Christmas / Santa themed stories last week. Fabulous to see new folk, as always, you are very welcome.
Coming up soon, we will have our very first interview – with flash fiction legend, supreme story-teller and unofficial volunteer Cabury promotional executive for the US, Rebekah Postupak. I can’t wait.
This week, you have two prompts to chose from. Chose one or chose both – enjoy.