Those who have followed me for a long time might recall that I often participate in Flash Fiction Month (The Hydra be Praised). Last year I did not as I was on a cruise in Alaska for the first week of July. Through no efforts of my own, that's happening again this year (look, I'm not going to turn down an invitation to get on a boat for a week for no cost.)
That said, I am planning on doing FFM this year, just with something of a.... twist, I guess. I a going to write my first seven-eight submissions in the next two weeks and then have them post on the right days (unfortunately I can't schedule the comments on the journals, but alas, I can only move small mountains. Ant mountains, if you will. Mountantains. Ahem.)
Additionally, my plan this year is to put to use one of the most beautiful gifts I've ever been given, namely, a book of art by the RIDICULOUSLY talented John Harris. Who is John Harris, you ask? Well, he is the artist behind countless science fiction book covers, including covers of Ann Leckie's Ancillary series, Orson Scott Card's Ender and Shadow series, as well as books by John Scalzi, Arthur C. Clarke, and Isaac Asimov. The book is called "Beyond the Horizon"
and it's fucking gorgeous. Here's a taste:
So here's the plan: Use images in the book to inspire some flash fiction sci-fi. Write seven or eight ahead of time since I will have no access to internet on the big boat. Have those timed to submit on the correct days so that I am least in theory participating. That's pretty much it. Thanks for taking time to read this, and as always, thank you for watching me and making my writing feel like something worth pursuing. I'll continue to do my best.