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Micro short up on Nanoism

You may remember a post from a little while back in which I mentioned several great places to submit flash fiction (Flash! (AAAAAAHHHH!)). Well, I’m chuffed to report that one of them, Nanoism, just published one of my super short pieces yesterday 🙂

Please pop over to Nanoism.net to give it and a ton of other nano pieces a read. You can also follow the zine on Twitter (@nanoism) or friend them via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nanoismmag/).

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If you like what you see there, why not give my collection of microfiction, Vestigial Tales, a try? Right now the e-book version can be yours for only 99c on Amazon!

That’s all for now, folks. Keep being excellent to each other.

Thanks for playing!

Vestigial Tales: Short stories in 140-odd characters

With Christmas approaching, I just wanted to take this opportunity to gratuitously remind you that the ebook version of my collection of micro short fiction, Vestigial Tales, can be yours for just 99c!

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It makes a great virtual Christmas gift for those people you can’t be bothered to go out and buy an actual Christmas gift for.

Don’t say I never do anything nice for you.

TTFN, internet!

Three for Three: Micro-Fiction for March

It’s still March, so I’m getting this one in just under the wire.

In case some of you don’t know, micro fiction (or flash fiction, or micro-narrative, or however you want to label it) is something of an interest of mine. For almost four years now, I have been endeavoring to write a micro short a day and post it to my Twitter account @Liam_Aidan.

This necessarily means squishing any tale I want to tell into 140 characters, including spaces, which is fun, challenging, inspiring, and annoying in turn. It’s a self imposed limit, an attempt to distill the essence of  a story into as small a space as possible, and hopefully improve my writing skills as a result.

Last year, a collection of 106 of the best of my micro shorts, called Vestigial Tales, was published as an ebook by Ichabod Press. You can find out more about that here.

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Possibly the most famous piece of flash fiction is Ernest Hemingway’s six word story For Sale:

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

Although I think my personal favorite has to be Knock by Fredric Borwn, the first lines of which constitute a micro short in and of themselves:

“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”

Both of these epically tiny tales served as inspiration for my initial foray into micro fiction on Twitter (or twitfic, as a few of us call it), but if you’re looking for additional daily doses of fast and sometimes furious fiction, why not check out my three micro-fiction recommendations below? Each is worth a follow and even the occasional RT.

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Arjun Basu

Vikram Paralkar

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Now if they don’t fill your Twitter stream with wonder and delight, then I don’t know what will.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back soon.

TTFN!

“Vestigial Tales” Christmas Promotional Posters

As part of their Christmas sale, Ichabod Press have released three promotional images for Vestigial Tales. Each one shows a story from the book along with its accompanying illustration and I think they look pretty cool!

I’ve posted them below for your perusal along with links to the Kindle and Kobo stores. Don’t forget – you can get Vestigial Tales for just $1.99 over at Amazon, but only until Christmas!

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Happy Holidays!

Vestigial Tales: Short stories in 140-odd characters

Huzzah! Vestigial Tales, my ebook of flash fiction, is here at last!

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Published by Legends, the fiction imprint of Ichabod Press, Tales is already up on Amazon (link) and will be appearing elsewhere shortly. Plus, there’s a paperback version in the works too.

A massive thank you to everyone who worked with me on this, especially Maria Astakhova, who produced several beautiful illustrations for the book.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher’s website:

“From the crew of a spaceship burning up upon re-entry to one woman’s sad musings over a lonely dead fish, quick-fire pick-up lines that don’t quite have the desired effect or crazed, murderous rants by an accountant pushed the edge, Vestigial Tales presents the reader with unforgettable characters and all manner of strange and fantastical worlds explored through 106 short stories each just 140 characters in length.

Inspired by the writings on his Twitter account, Liam Aidan’s distilled stories cast shadows of much larger worlds that don’t actually exist, the worlds the tales elude to but never fully describe, igniting the reader’s imagination in the process. From wry observational commentary to outright absurdity, Aidan switches between genres and styles ensuring Vestigial Tales contains something to delight everyone.

With original illustrations by Maria Astakhova, and a first line index of all the stories included at the back, Vestigial Tales is a must-have for all fans of flash and micro fiction.”

I’ll post more links as they become available, along with more assorted ramblings, of course.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, unless “forgetting” is your way of politely declining. In which case, carry on.