FlashFeeD 1.18

 

Welcome to FlashFeeD week 18.

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.

No special instructions this week.

Full rules here:

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

FlashFeeD 1.17

 

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.

New prompt below. Have fun.

Full rules here:

Focus on genre this week – ummm, mystery, if you can.

Love this pic – so much to work with

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

FlashFeeD 1.16

Exciting FlashDogs things are happening.

We had our first Zombie City Library post, in which community members save their favorite books from the  apocalypse.

#vss365 is an incredible success. Well done to those that are prompting and contributing.

FlashFeeD continues to be a source of great stories and community support. Keep it going. Invite friends. Welcome new people.

New prompt below. Have fun.

Full rules here:

No focus this week – be as creative as you like.

Just another day at FDHQ

 

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

Zombie City Library : Steve (@PatchieSteve)

A very happy day to you.

We promised that we’d run a feature in which you got to know more about each other and the books that inspire you.

First up is Steve (@PatchieSteve, on Twitter)

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).

Enjoy.


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.

My film choice

 

  • Mad Max Fury Road – I love the dynamic between Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in this visual treat; it’s a great survival film minus the zombies.
Mad Max: Fury Road – great choice!

My weapons 

  • A gun that encases zombies in giant blobs of jelly, so I can capture and study them to find a cure – I am Legend style
  • A beauty gun – the world may be a lonely place, so I may need to charm a Zombie to satisfy my romantic needs and a beauty gun would help me overcome my initial prejudice

 

If anyone is looking for a gift for Steve, I have found the perfect thing:

Zombie Jelly Workshop


My thanks to Steve.

New library survivors planned soon.

FlashFeeD 1.15

 

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 prompt below. Have fun.

Full rules here:

Please focus on character this week.

 

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

FlashFeeD 1.14

Sorry about any post confusion last week.

Some incredible stories – well done to all!

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.

Back to the prompt. Have fun.

Full rules here:

Please focus on setting this week.

 

 

 

 

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

Zombie City Library

All things #FlashDogs are glorious.

#vss365 is flourishing.

#FlashFeeD is now 13 weeks in and we already have several people ranked at Siberian Husky.

I miss finding out more about people but as we don’t have ‘winners’ we can’t use this as the basis for features or discussions.

So, I’ve created Zombie City Library. A a very far removed tribute to Desert Island Discs.

Every so often I will select someone from the community and ask them the following question:

In the event of an (inevitable) zombie apocalypse, you are sheltered in the city library. You have time to:

  • Save five traditional books (tell us why you’re saving them)
  • Save two indie books (explain)
  • Save one film (explain)
  • Chose two weapons (can be real or fictional – be creative)

Let me know if you want to take part.

FlashFeeD 1.13

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

New story prompt below.

Full rules here:

No specific instructions this week – just have creative fun.

 

 

 

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

FlashFeeD 1.12

Enjoying the seemingly endless festivities?

 

Do you need a prompt to help create a flash fiction story and take you away from it all?

Please join in. You’re very welcome here.

Full rules here:

If you can focus on emotion this week, that would be grand.

 

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.


 

FlashFeeD 1.11

Festive greetings to you.

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.

 

Full rules here:

If you can focus on character/s this week, that would be grand.

 

Any resemblance to Santa is purely coincidental.

 

VR, rainbows, the shoreline, and a random man – obviously

Stories will be limited to 2000 characters* (about 300 words), including the title.

*(The field itself will allow for 2050 characters, but this extra 50 characters is only to be used as contingency and it won't be increased).

Use the comment field to post stories, include your story title. Use the reply button on a particular story to provide positive feedback. Press the ‘like’ icon if you like a story.