Food eaten, Facebook notifications cleared, messages from mom read, and nearby Pokemon caught... Only 15 minutes left on my lunch break! What to do? What to do?
Why not grab a nice flash fiction story to pass the time? I know you may have a few questions about this style of writing so I’ve decided to answer some common questions to help you enjoy my own "Sci-Fla-Fi" story, XR-404.
A man must choose to save his pregnant wife or his entire civilization in ten minutes.
What is Flash Fiction?
Flash fiction is a form of writing that many have compared to poetry. The wording and action must be very concise and necessary for a complete story in under 1,000 words. Although flash fictions have a well-defined plot, there is much happening off of the page or layers in between that get sorted out the more you read through it. Example: this article is just over 600 words. However, there is no plot so it differs from a flash fiction.
Why Flash Fiction?
I decided to have my first published work in this style as it is an easy way to test the market of self-publishing and become an established author. This story is also a quick glimpse into my writing style and voice. Although the majority of my novels will be told through a third-person limited view, this story has been a good exercise of a first-person present tense story (which I hope to reserve for future flash fiction stories centered in the same universe as XR-404).
Is this story safe for kids?
I do not use any profanity in any of my stories. However, some of the action may be too intense for younger ones. It is not necessarily a YA story, as the description talks about a husband and wife, but may appeal to those dark humor/sci-fi types.
What happens when I purchase the story from Amazon?
You are able to send the download to any of your Kindle devices and read at your leisure
I don’t have a Kindle!?
Don’t Panic. You can download the Kindle app for free on any smartphone and use it to read the story. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can also download an app to your desktop from the Amazon site.
But I don’t have my own computer; I’m at work/library/etc; apps are evil! What do I do?!?!?
Not to worry. You can even read the story from your web browser. Just sign up from your Amazon account (which you used to purchase the book) and go to: https://read.amazon.com/
How can I help?
Write a review about the book, please! No seriously, most of the algorithms on Amazon use books with 20+ ratings/reviews. If you have time to write a paragraph of your thoughts, great! If you only want to leave a sentence or a few words, great! If you just feel like putting a *thumbs up* emoji… you may have to experiment on the Amazon review page… I’m not sure on that… if so, great!
Is there anything else I can do?
If you enjoyed the book, share it with your friends. I have no major publishing company doing any advertising for me so it is dependent on you and me. Tell others about this site, our Facebook page, or Twitter account. I am also available to speak at different conventions or events in the area (IA, NE, KS, MO, WI, MN, etc).
I would love to answer any questions you may have about this sci-fla-fi story in the comments below (Can I say that? Is it okay to acronize science flash fiction in such a way? Did you just learn what acronize means too?).