Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome Flashers!

Because everyone who blogs does not have a specific blog dedicated just to their creative writing, I decided to create a blog dedicated to Flash Fiction Carnivals. Why? Simplicity.

Writers who wish to participate will have one central location in which they will find the current theme for a FFC. For now I envision no more than two FFCs to be running at a time. One will be the regular monthly themed carnival and the other will be seasonal or topical in some other way yet to be determined.

Hosting can and will be passed around. Each person hosting needs a Blogger account so they can be added to the list of posters for this blog. That way the host can run the carnival more easily which only makes sense. Since the hosting spot will switch off among different people, each host will post the list of participating stories in their personal blog as well as here. The chosen theme will be posted in the host’s blog as well. If someone wishes to host a carnival and does not have a blog, they may host it all in this space. That's one reason I created it.

Writers who do not have a blog but wish to participate in a FFC can be hosted here. All they have to do is send their flash story to the current FFC host per the instructions in the theme announcement. For easier navigation, the sidebar will be emended so that the top module contains links to the current FFC and theme announcements.

Comment moderation is not enabled as yet. Abusive comments will be removed, however, as will those deemed to be spam. Moderation will be enabled if comment removal becomes too much of a problem.

You will notice that AdSense ads are part of this blog. The reason for this is that eventually I hope to offer prizes to participating writers. These prizes will NOT be monetary. More than likely prizes will start out as gently used books from among those sent to me by my bff. The revenue from AdSense clicks will be to defray shipping costs. If needed I will add a PayPal button to that same end. This blog is not about profit, it is about writing. I have no idea when or how this will work, I am just seeing if people are interested in having this as an incentive. Suggestions and comments are welcome. Feel free to email me privately if you so desire.

If this thing flies? I figure the possibilities are endless. One day we may find a publisher who wants to do “The Best Of…” or we may decide to self-publish via POD. This site is about challenging yourself to write to a theme, to become a better writer, to see what other writers do with a common theme, and to have FUN.

January’s theme will be posted in the next couple of days. WATCH THIS SPACE!


bunnygirl said...

I think this is a great idea! I've found that when I host a carnival, I end up being reluctant to post other entries to my blog for a week or two, to ensure that the carnival stays on top. While I'm happy to help another writer out, I do have moments when I feel like I'm offering up my blog as a hostage.

I'll make use of this space! Thanks for having the idea and creating it!

Virginia Lee said...


Arachne Jericho said...

I'd like to host the first one.

New! And shiny!

Virginia Lee said...

Shoot me an email, AJ. Let's get this thing set up and on its way!

Kappa no He said...

Oh Virginia, this is an amazing idea. One of my goals for this year is to participate in all of these in 2008. I so enjoyed the last one. Thank you.

Virginia Lee said...

Yay, Terrie! I look forward to reading all of your new stories. :)

I'd never have done this if not for Ben Solah.