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Hey all! I'm a lifelong lover of reading and fiction. Have been writing fiction and non-fiction since the late 80's when one of my first published pieces was a flash fiction called 'Spinning.'  I've written just about everything from science and technical articles to novels, but mostly poetry in the recent years which brought me round to flash again via reading and study of Creative Nonfiction Flash Nonfiction, Prose Poetry and back to Flash Fiction. 

In this process over the past couple of years I've come to the conclusion that there is only minor differences in these forms. Poetry (traditional or prose) may or may not be 'real' -- the old poetic license thing and I've seen quite a few pieces published as both prose poetry (or just poetry) and flash. These may be fiction or nonfiction, it is not always clear. 

What's your take on these forms and their relationship/overlap?
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Pease feel free to share this – THANKS
You’re invited to check out the recent 5 STAR review by second book “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” has received on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/review/REAX01CS6VE0V
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The Voices in My Head. Sean Bowers is haunted by the voices in his head. He struggles to keep a grip on reality, but the voices threaten his sanity. They also challenge the law, pressuring Sean to do terrible, evil things he can't even consider. The voices continue, and he eventually loses the ...
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Commenters on today's story ("Conditioned Surrender" by Chris Sharp) are talking about the perils of apparent "first drafts" released for publication, among other things.

Now, leaving aside the dubiousness of guessing about an author's skill level or motivation (one person's sloppy first draft might be another person's painstaking best effort), this brings to mind what is always a knife-edged dilemma for us as editors: since we lose about 50% of stories where we request a revision (the author either withdraws the story or simply doesn't respond at all), should a nearly-there story be accepted with suggestions (that may not be taken) or sent back with a revision request (in which case we might lose it altogether)?

Given our hungry daily calendar and the ever-present risk of not having enough decent stories to build the next month's calendar when the end of the month rolls around, what would you do if you were an EDF editor? (And those of you who are EDF editors, feel free to share your perspectives too.)
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My fantasy book a work in progress. Any suggestions for a place to find free / generic sci-fi / fantasy pictures to add to my chapters to spice it up a bit? Also, any suggestions of other sci-fi / fantasy blogs I should check out? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
“We are very happy you are safe!”             Leroy, holding his daughter, looked at the shadow and the fairy when the sky which was a soft white color began to brighten. Leroy squinted to still see his surroundings, but i...
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Hey Joshua,

Hit me up at my blog/FB fan page and I can run through some options for you, you can check out my artwork, and I can show you how I got what is pretty  much A-grade work for a pittance.

Also, just the thing for all you fantasy/sci-fi writers: my fantasy novel/concept is due out end August. In conjunction with the publication, we're running a contest to find and promote new writing talent. FREE to enter, CASH prizes, get published, earn royalties. The theme you'll love: "fear isn't ONLY in the mind."  What if your darkest fears were made real? What form would they take? What would they say to you? Would you listen? What would you say to them? Get over to my site http://thefantasynovelist.wordpress.com/
and register and be the first to get the full scoop! Prose/poetry accepted. Be fun!
 
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Unfortuntely, our site seems to be down this morning. We're working on it, and apologies for the inconvenience.
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Here's an interesting article over at Flash Fiction Chronicles about how authors can properly optimize their websites. But how important are author websites to readers?

Do you as a reader ever find new authors directly via their websites?

If you come across an interesting author somewhere (say, a recommendation from a friend), do you Google the name before deciding whether to read him/her?
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promoting my #shortstory  The Wipe
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One of the three Flash Fictions I submitted to The Greenwich Village Literary Review is now published in its Premiere Issue [Vol. 1 No. 1]

http://tinyurl.com/pvkxyu7

My item is on Page 61

Would love to read your comments here as you can't leave any comments for me on the above site:

Robin Leigh Morgan
YA Paranormal Romance Author
"I Kissed a Ghost"
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Joshua hampel

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Does anyone know a good place to get pictures for stories? I tried to find a good one for this but couldn't find anything suitable. I was looking for something to capture the emotion of a young man dealing with death, not something that sets up the scene. Thanks for any and all help on the picture and the critiquing the story as well.
We’re in a restaurant, El Mexico, and I’m staring over my girlfriend’s shoulder to a mirror hanging on the wall above the cash register. The mirror reflects the lone ceiling fan that hangs down in the center of the restaurant...
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Have you tried http://search.creativecommons.org/ yet? As a test, I did a Flickr search for "sadness" and found lots of interesting and engaging pictures, some of which might be suitable to work with your story, though of course I can't be sure exactly what your vision for artwork is.

The good thing about searching specifically for images licensed under creative commons is that as long as you follow the guidelines (attribution and so on), you aren't risking legal issues.
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Discuss: Does an author's bio information at all influence how you judge or respond to his/her story?

(E.g., are you kinder or more generous to someone who presents as a newer/inexperienced/possibly young writer? Are you more critical if the bio comes across as pretentious or mentions awards or an MFA?)
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I'm always a bit conflicted about this. The whole New Criticism idea that an author's perceptions, background, or intentions don't matter in context of the story seems myopic. Although I agree that authorial intent is irrelevant to a reader's ability to understand a story or poem, in some cases knowing about the author greatly enhances the subject matter. And I believe that our natural proclivities and curiosity as humans compel us to make associations instinctively. I challenged a college professor once on this. I purposely analyzed Pound's "In a Station of the Metro," one of the instructor's favorite pieces, as a dark and dreary statement on society. He passionately responded that "Pound found this imagery beautiful." As soon as he uttered the statement, this New Critic realized that he'd betrayed his own ideology. With all that said, it's hard for me to say whether an author's brief bio factors greatly into my interpretation or enjoyment of the work. I can say with all certainty that knowledge of the writer's awards, academic achievements and pedigrees, or lack thereof, hold no sway over me. But if I discover in the bio that, for sake of argument, the author lost a limb fighting in a war and decided to detail a character's emotional struggle with the same, I would probably find the story more engrossing. 
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Being new to the literary community, I have self published three books one is at the publisher as we speak. It's a trilogy called The Voices in My Head. My books are fiction and seem to be getting great reviews. I was wondering if I should be looking for a literary agent to represent me. I'm currently working on my 4th book and will be needing a new publisher. 
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A bit of fun for writers on a Monday night...
How do you see the literary world? How do you interact with other writers? What's important to you? ... Answer these nine questions as honestly as you can to see where you fit in. There are six kinds of writer — which one are you?
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A great article for both writers (who may share many of the issues mentioned) and readers (who may be interested to know what writers go through). I know I'm going to read this one many times over.
That I'll only end up drowning in the sea of online voices. That no one cares. That I'm not interesting enough, attractive enough, young enough, clever enough, or technically adroit enough to catch...
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Promoting our latest writing challenge, tell a story in 20 words or less. Check it out and let us know what you think
20 words or less.
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This Memorial Day Fiction I felt it would be wonderful given the importance of the day if I’d repost a Flash Fiction I wrote last Veteran’s Day in response to Lillie McFerrin’s prompt word on her website [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com] of “LETTERS”

SADNESS IS CONTAGIOUS

LE slie sat in the den of her home alone, crying.

T he tears which came flowing over her cheeks weren’t ones of sadness, they were ones of the bittersweet
remembrances she got as she read the LETTERS which her then future husband had sent her during his first assignment in the Middle East.

TE resa, Leslie’s daughter, sat by her mother’s side trying to console her, but to no avail.

R eluctantly Teresa started to read the LETTERS herself to see the reason for her mother’s dismay. 

S adness became infectious because these LETTERS allowed her to get to know the father she never knew, as she fell victim to the words in the LETTERS as well.

Notice the acrostic format I used here using the letters of the prompt word going down on the left.  

I’d love to read your comments either here or on:

http://tinyurl.com/otmovjd

Robin Leigh Morgan
YA Paranormal Romance Author
“I Kissed a Ghost”
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Hey everyone, don't forget: "This is primarily a place for discussion and community engagement, so please try to start at least one Discussion topic for every Promote your Stuff item you share."

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