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review 2016-11-21 04:24
Seeded: Flash Fried Fiction by Benjamin Descovich
Seeded: Flash Fried Fiction - Benjamin Descovich

Seeded: Flash Fried Fiction by Benjamin Descovich is a science fiction story. It's about seeding a colony. It was a short story with an abrupt ending. I gave it almost four stars.

 

I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Seeded-Flash-Fiction-Benjamin-Descovich-ebook/dp/B00Q1W54KC

 

"Well, it does have you’re DNA.” "your" page 11

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text 2016-05-20 18:51
Help!

Hey Book World,

 

I am experimenting with Flash Fiction. I have written a piece (very short, 350 words). I would love to get any thoughts or suggestions from you lovely folk. Please message me and we can chat. Any help would be appreciated!

 

Val. 

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text 2015-12-17 01:03
Santa in blue

This season, I'm participating in the writing challenge Holiday Celebrations out of This World. Every participant had to write a flash sci-fi story (less than 1000 words) about one of the traditional holidays humans celebrate around the end of December. It was fun to write, as I imagined a New Year celebration on a spaceship. With humor. For those interested in sci-fi, here is my entry - Blue Santa.

 

Happy Holidays, friends, whatever you're celebrating!

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review 2015-12-12 00:00
Writing Flash Fiction: How to Write Very Short Stories and Get Them Published
Writing Flash Fiction: How to Write Very Short Stories and Get Them Published - Carly Berg I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I rate it as three stars.

“Writing Flash Fiction” by Carly Berg, is written for newbie writers who have little or no experience in publishing fiction works, especially shorter ones. It covers an array of topics that are worth consideration, and the guidance provided gives enough detail for one to start.

Some of the topics presented used to be routinely accepted in the publishing world. However, with the recent changes in publishing, especially independent (or self) publishing, some of those elements are no longer always appropriate for everyone. For example, critique groups and agents are capable of more harm than good, especially for writers just beginning a career in this field. This is not to say that they can’t be of good use, but full consideration must be given. Some guidelines readily accepted ten or fifteen years ago are considered pitfalls today.

I would have like the author to balance out the book with the subject of independent (or self) publishing, beyond the standard “vanity press” reference. Much has changed and the writers need to understand the opportunities that are available in the independent publishing world, as well as the traditional one. Writers who wish to forge their own careers and retain more control over their works are given more opportunities today as opposed to just five years ago.

The author paints a realistic picture of the expectations an author should have. She also provides examples of flash fiction for writers to review, so they can get a feel for the tone, pacing, etc. of this kind of writing. So it was a good book, but I felt it could have been more complete.
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text 2015-12-10 13:43
The Alchemist's Toybox is LIVE!!!

Wait... what is the Alchemist's Toybox, you ask?

 

Good question.

 

It's an speculative flash fiction online magazine that had a few stumbles but finally launched!  It's still in the early stages- learning to crawl in a literary sense- but could use all the support you can muster for it.  It's an intriguing project full of endless possibilities!  Six stories are already live on the site; check 'em out.

 

 

Go. Read. Enjoy. Share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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