Here's a bit of history for you: Flash fiction, also called sudden fiction, micro fiction, postcard fiction or short-short fiction, is a class of short story of limited word length. Definitions differ but is generally accepted that flash fiction stories are at most 200 to 1000 words in length. Ernest Hemingway wrote a six-word flash: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” Traditional short stories are 2,000 to 10,000 words in length.[wiki]
G-Man inherited 55 Flash Fiction Friday, in 2007, from Susie “The Barefoot Mistress” who had begun 55 Flash Fiction in March 2006. Susie had created her format from a group of writers in India called the Sephia Mutany. G who had started blogging in 2006, for a past-time, jumped into action.
I asked G what was the meme like when he took it over?
"When I inherited the meme, there were about 10-15 people participating each week. I started visiting personal blogs and inviting them over to my flash fiction meme. The meme grew quickly. It wasn’t long before I didn’t need to invite people to the site; it was growing on its own."
G-Man’s site is not just about the Flash 55. He has always had a daily theme going. Monday was originally Music Monday, Tuesday TMI Tuesday,Wednesday - Retro Wednesday ; Thursday Portrait a prelude to Friday (with a subliminal 55 in the portrait) then Voila Flash Fiction Friday.
The meme has grown in numbers as well. It is not unusual for G-Man to have 80 people join in on a Friday. After doing One Stop Poetry for six months, I understand the dedication it takes to visit, read, and comment on each of the posts. As a one man show, G-Man does it with Panache.
"I do this for fun. I get a chance to go into someone’s life for a moment, interact with them, have fun and go to the next person". I guess it's the fun that keeps G-Man going because it is a proven fact that most bloggers only last 1.5 years then they go on to other pursuits.
This was similar advice he gave when we were starting One Stop Poetry. It rings true. With so many demands in our day it is nice to have a place where we can come for a few minutes or an hour and just decompress.
I have to say personally the Flash Fictions are exercises that have made me a better writer. Anyone can benefit from the challenge and the camaraderie.
Entangled am I