I am usually long-winded and verbose, a fact any of you who’ve been following this blog for even a brief amount of time know very well, but I have dabbled in flash fiction. Years ago I read a collection called The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death, and at the time they had a way to send submissions. Nothing came of it of course, but it was fun to force myself to write a story in 55 words of less. Attempting to convey an idea in a limited number of words was both intriguing and challenging, and I was shocked to find how a compelling tale could be rendered with such minimalism.
Having been introduced to the twitter account @MicroSFF, which is very short original sci-fi stories as written by British author O. Westin, by Patrick Sponaugle who was inspired by that to start tweeting such himself, which in turn inspired me to try my hand at it (the link leads to his latest Microstory post. They’re very good and I’ve retweeted quite a few of them), and I hope it will inspire some of you. Since #microstory is used, the tale itself can only be 129 characters (so long as Twitter maintains its 140 character limit).
I’m not planning to do a monthly post about them like Pat does, just as they come up I suppose. I wrote about a dozen, tweeted and tumbled them (my made up word for throwing something on tumblr). A few were favorably received, and I figure I’d post them here for the interested.