This project is something I’ve been working on, off and on, for a few months. I’ve taken part in many flash fiction competitions online over the years, particularly as part of the group known as the FlashDogs – you may see some of them still on twitter taking part in #vss365, the microfiction challenge – and I thought it was about time I compiled them in one place.
I think I started in the flash fiction community way back in 2014, discovering MicroBookends first and from there moved on to Flash Friday, The Angry Hourglass, Three Line Thursday, FlashMoBWrites and occasional dips into others that were around at the time. I found it a great way to hone and develop my writing skills as well as getting to know other writers online – some I have even met in real life. This book is dedicated to the FlashDogs (literally, some might even spot their name inside.)
I no longer have the time to write flash as much as I used to, my efforts these days very much in the opposite direction of novellas and novel but I value the form and will try, when I can to have a go at something, even if it is #vss365 or #horrorprompt on twitter.
However, what these years have led to is a huge amount of flash lurking on my computer which I often forget about and which I’m sure will vanish into the ether one day when the hard drive dies or we get a magnetic storm or some other catastrophe (always optimistic!). I don’t want to lose all these stories and so have gathered most of the darkest of my writings into one place. It is available on amazon, should you so wish to buy it, but it is not there for the sales. It’s there for me. (I tried to get the price down on the print copy but the number of pages means amazon won’t allow it.) The Kindle version is already live and can be purchased here and is only £1.99. The print version has been uploaded and is waiting to be approved to go live.
I would also like to thank my daughter Rhonwen Ellis, who provided the image and did a lot of techy stuff with the picture to create the cover. She also chose the font and colour as she doesn’t trust me(!).