For years I was sure I couldn’t write flashfic. In fact, if a story clocks in at less than 5000 words I usually feel it might be too short. But recently something snapped and I’ve not only been writing flashfic but selling it. Today my first effort along these lines, “The Gordian Stone”, went live at Every Day Fiction. (Morlock is a major character in it, but given the POV of the story I decided not to use his name.)
I’ve never published in a ‘zine that had an online comments section, and I think it’s an interesting and potentially useful innovation. Potentially dangerous, too, if a surly author starts quarrelling with readers there. But interactivity is something online publications can give readers (and writers) in a way that print publications can’t, so this seems like a good way to work the medium in a way that the medium works.
EDF dropped me a line yesterday to say that they’re taking another flashfic of mine, “Brother Solson and Sister Luna.” This is a landmark for me, as it’s the first story I’ve sold that is in no way shape or form a Morlock story. (I’m not planning to abandon the Crooked Man, but it would be nice to feel I have more than one string to my authorial bow.)