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01-01-2008, 11:31 PM
Okay folks -- I'm a big fan of the flash fiction carnival idea because it kicks my tuckus and gets me to write when I'm otherwise NOT writing. Having just hosted the December version, FFC III, I realized that hosting a FFC in a personal blog can be difficult at times. I loved doing it, but it occasionally overwhelmed me and I kept wishing there was a dedicated blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/) just for the FFC. Therefore, I created one. See the link below.

If someone else wishes to host January's FFC and has a theme in mind already, please holler at me and I'll add you to the team for the blog so you can post your theme and guidelines. As in FFC III, writers without blogs, or those who'd simply prefer it, can have their stories hosted in the FFC 2008 blog when the carnival goes live.

If no one wishes to host for January, I'll do so. My time is pretty fluid, so I can if necessary.

Input is welcome. Please visit the blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/)and let me know what you think.



Ava Jarvis
01-02-2008, 12:46 AM
Hey, I'd like to host one!

Oh I see, there's a dedicated blog! (Edit)

My theme would be: New.

01-02-2008, 03:48 AM
AJ, if you want to host one that's fine. The dedicated blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/) is a way to make it easier to host stories for those people who don't have blogs or who haven't a blog they can use for a fiction piece. It makes things easier too, because some people wouldn't necessarily want to have their stories hosted in another person's blog and by having a central generic FFC blog to do the hosting it makes the FFC more available to more writers.

Another reason I created the dedicated blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/)was in order to open up the FFC to the blogosphere a bit more and have more writers outside AW find the FFC 2008 and feel free to join in. I'll be promoting the site and the FFC all over the net in order to get as many writers involved as possible. Having one main location for the FFC will enable someone who doesn't like the theme one month but has a story they'd like to share for a holiday theme later on to return to the blog and participate in the FFC of their choice. They can just bookmark it. Also, an established date for theme announcements can be set which will make it easier for people to make a date to come in to see if they like the theme for a particular FFC.

One thing I want to do with the dedicated blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/) is give prizes and eventually find sponsors. Not monetary awards, but perhaps books or something. It's all tenuous at this point. The more people who participate, the better shot we'll have at getting better sponsored prizes. I want this to be FUN for people as well as a way for them to write something they might not have written otherwise. Oh yes, the prizes would be awarded randomly. Each writer is only competing with themselves.

Also, if anyone else is interested in hosting, please go have a look at the FFC 2008 blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/) and get in touch with me. It would be great if we could get a whole bunch of hosts lined up. We might even get enough to have specialized FFCs like mini-flashes of 100 words or somesuch. I'm completely open to suggestions. All I did was make the blog. I fully expect others to join the team. And I want and need them to join!

Please? :D

01-03-2008, 08:37 PM
The theme is NEW (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/2008/01/aw-flash-fiction-carnival-announcement.html)! (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/2008/01/aw-flash-fiction-carnival-announcement.html) Thanks to Ava Jarvis, the January topic and guidelines for the first FFC of 2008 are up and running. Please follow the above link to her post at the FFC 2008 blog or click on the link below.


Submissions are due by midnight US PST, January 18. Specific guidelines are posted in the FFC 2008 blog.

You do NOT have to have a blog to participate. This is open to any interested writer, so please tell all your writing friends.

FFC III was a great success. Let's make the FFCs of 2008 even BIGGER!

01-04-2008, 01:40 AM
I'd better start working on something...

01-04-2008, 10:00 AM
Sounds good! I'm in!

01-14-2008, 03:23 PM
Three cheers for BunnyGirl ! ! ! :e2cheer: :e2cheer: :e2cheer: She's joined the FFC 2008 blog team as our holiday flash host and will help us all wend our way through all our special days. Valentine's has been mentioned for February, but I have a feeling she'll be amenable to Mardi Gras and Leap Year themed flashes as well. I dunno about Groundhog Day or Presidents' Day, however. :tongue

We are seeking regular monthly FFC hosts for the remainder of the year too. I posted about it yesterday, January 13th, so if you go to the FFC 2008 blog and poke around you'll find it. Ideally I'd like to have a few folks signed up for each month in case we need a back-up host.

Finally, if you wish to host a mini-carnival, whereby you choose a theme for folks to write on in 24 hours or so, and then post them in the FFC blog, we're open to that. Just make sure you're not the only one who's going to write. If you host a FFC, it's your job to promote it! And really, it's not that bad. :D

And again, for good measure, WELCOME to the FFC 2008 blog team, BUNNYGIRL! ! !

01-21-2008, 01:49 PM
The January FFC (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/2008/01/january-flash-fiction-carnival-stories.html) is

I'd like to thank Ava Jarvis for taking the time out of her busy schedule to host.

:e2cheer: HOORAY FOR AVA JARVIS ! ! ! :e2cheer:

Meanwhile, we need hosts for the regular monthly FFCs for the remainder of 2008. We still need one for February, so if you have the time and inclination, please give me a holler via PM or to me via email: virginialeewrites AT yahoo.com.

Ava Jarvis
01-22-2008, 09:35 AM
Props have to go to Virginia. She knows way more about running a Flash Fiction Carnival than I do, and she helped a LOT. I wouldn't have gotten anywhere without her.


YAY Virginia,
FFC Queen !

She is made of the awesome.

Unfocused Me
01-25-2008, 09:07 AM
I came to this too late for January, but I'm raring to go for February!

01-25-2008, 09:51 AM
Well, even though I haven't set a date yet for the Valentine's Flash Fiction Carnival, anyone who is interested can start preparing!

01-25-2008, 02:47 PM
Unfocused Me, you will be welcome with open arms, hon. :)

Ava Jarvis, you are too kind.

BG, is it just for Valentine's? Or can we write about Presidents' Day or Groundhog Day too? :D

Meanwhile, I'm still looking for hosts! Hello? Is this thing on???????

01-26-2008, 06:06 AM
Well, even though I haven't set a date yet for the Valentine's Flash Fiction Carnival, anyone who is interested can start preparing!

Does this mean you want something new from me? And can it involve a certain Deadly Metal Hatchet? *grin*

(yeah, I'm in a cynical mood tonight.)

02-01-2008, 05:15 AM
WoM, you can write anything you want. However, you might do better with that hatchet with my prompt than BunnyGirl's, but feel free!


I want to thank :e2cheer:Ava Jarvis:e2cheer: once again for hosting the first FFC of 2008. She was very patient and lovely to work with and any time she wants to host again, she is welcome!

Finally, don't forget that the HOLIDAY FLASH is going on. See the FFC 2008 blog (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/)for details. AND . . .

The THEME ANNOUNCEMENT for the regular February FFC will be up at midnight EST. Because of the Valentine's flash, I'm making this a mini-flash. Only a week to write and 500 words or less. Crits are now going to be optional, but both BG and I recommend them because it's amazing how helpful they can be. It is up to you, however.

02-01-2008, 08:26 AM
Regarding the Valentine's Day carnival, old or new material is fine. And Virginia, if the president or groundhog in question is in love, getting a valentine, or getting over a love affair, feel free to make your holiday flash do double or even triple-holiday duty! :LilLove:

02-01-2008, 10:01 AM
February FFC Theme Announcement:


I'm changing things up a bit for this FFC because of BunnyGirl's Valentine's FFC. Here we go:

1. You have SEVEN DAYS to write. The deadline is MIDNIGHT, February 7th, Eastern Standard Time.

2. The word count should NOT exceed 750 words, but 500 would be better.

3. Any genre is acceptable. Use this opportunity to stretch a bit if you wish. Get out of your comfort zone or try something new. It's entirely up to you.

4. EDIT your story before hitting send if you expect us to host it at the FFC 2008 blog. We are not your mama nor your English teacher. What you send us is what we will post. I can assure you, however, if something is horribly wrong and it's not too late for you to fix it, I will send you an email to see if you want to edit your piece. I'm nice that way. I will not, however, fix it for you.

5. Comments are optional. We STRONGLY recommend that you open your story up to comments because constructive feedback is always a good thing, however, if you're new to this sort of thing and uncomfortable with that, it's okay to not have comments.

6. You ARE expected, however, to comment on the stories that are open for them. The rule of thumb is that you comment on at least 1/2 of the stories unless we have more than a dozen. Then you have to do at least eight, being careful to select stories with the fewest comments first. We want everyone who wants it to have feedback. NOTE: We can close comments on your story that is hosted in the FFC 2008 blog if you wish. We'd prefer to leave our comments open, but understand if you would prefer them closed.

7. Send your permalinks or flashes to me. (virginialeewrites@yahoo.com) Please include a short biography if you are having your flash hosted at the FFC 2008 blog.

02-04-2008, 07:12 PM
Time's running out, so if you're going to write for the mini-FFC (http://flashfictioncarnival2008.blogspot.com/) you'd best


I know you can do it!

:e2cheer: :banana: :e2cheer: :e2Order: :e2BIC: :e2cheer:

02-05-2008, 08:18 PM
60 hours left to write and submit your flash!

Guidelines above.

Works that fit the theme that you have already
are more than welcome.

:e2cheer: :e2cheer: :e2cheer:

02-06-2008, 09:34 AM
48 hours to go!

02-06-2008, 07:33 PM
I want to do this but I'm too much of a coward...

02-06-2008, 10:41 PM
I want to do this but I'm too much of a coward...

Ben, methinks you are very near to the Goobdom. ;)

I have total faith in your ability to not only write an appropriate flash, but to also send it to your friendly hosts at the FFC 2008. :D Remember, accepting comments is now optional, so no need to be afraid.

:e2cheer: :e2cheer: WRITE, BEN, WRITE ! ! ! :e2cheer: :e2cheer:

Unfocused Me
02-06-2008, 10:50 PM
I want to do this but I'm too much of a coward...

I assumed this was Ben's entry, which deserves to be in its own category of self-referential microflash fiction. Maybe even nanoflash fiction.

02-06-2008, 11:18 PM
Valid point, UM. I'll just have to link to it here. :D

02-07-2008, 09:37 AM
Okay, folks -- you have until MIDNIGHT tonight to get me your link or a story you wish to have hosted in the FFC 2008 blog.

02-07-2008, 09:06 PM
*shameless bumpingness*


02-09-2008, 12:05 AM
Okay, submissions were closed at midnight last night. I'll have the URLs and stories posted by 8 PM EST tomorrow. That's the 9th, btw.

I'm looking for hosts for coming months, so if you're interested give me a holler via PM in here or via my email link at the FFC 2008 site.

Thanks to all of those who wrote and to any of you who came and had a look. Don't forget the Valentine's Day FFC ! ! !

02-10-2008, 01:51 AM

Ava Jarvis
02-10-2008, 02:23 AM
I want to do this but I'm too much of a coward...


Bravo! Microfiction! Awesomeness.

02-12-2008, 12:44 PM
I want to do this but I'm too much of a coward...

Bravo for the nanoflash!!