Time machine to late September 2009 …
It’s a quiet Friday afternoon, and I’m trying to learn my way around Twitter. A steady stream of tweets with the odd looking designation of “#FridayFlash” keeps catching my eye. Easily distracted and always looking for an excuse to put off my writing, I’m drawn in.
“What could zees be?” I ask out loud. (My alter ego always has a French accent.)
Curiosity gets the best of me. I click one of the tweets and enter into a world I never knew existed. It’s a world of horror and humor, intrigue and romance. Action, adventure, heartbreak and suspense. I’ve entered the surrealistic wonder world of #FridayFlash.
What is this wonder world, you ask? According to creator Jon Strother, #FridayFlash is an Internet meme designed to increase your visibility as a fiction writer. According to me and most of the writers who participate each week, it is so much more than that.
Since entering that world over a year ago, I’ve met some wonderfully supportive and encouraging people, I’ve read some remarkable stories, and my writing has come a long way. Finding #FridayFlash was like falling through a trapdoor into a hidden fantasy land, and it’s a land open to all; writers and readers, alike.
There’s so much more to say about #FridayFlash, but the important information is covered in the interview and in the links I’ve included. Now I need to hurry and publish this post, because that time-machine-depicting optical illusion up there is freaking me out. It really is not moving. Is it?