Friday, December 19, 2008

Something different

I know a lot of you out there are good at flash fiction but how about writing a story in 140 character (not words). If you think you are up to the challenge you should go to Thaumatrope's website and try your hand at it. It is actually pretty fun and it pays 5 cents a word (okay so it is only $1.20 a story but it is better than a sharp stick in your temple) The only thing is you have to sign up for a Twitter account and I have found it to be a mildly addictive time-killer. Especially if you download a plug in like twitterfox (I use firefox for my browser.) Otherwise it is good clean fun. I wrote them two 'stories' yesterday and they accepted both of them.

In other news, my story nine will be on 52 Stitches website on March 22, if all goes as planned. I am looking forward to the weekly stories there. I think it is a fantastic idea, that and I think flash fiction read so much better than traditional short stories, at least online.

The majority of the icestorm missed us, we ended up with just a little ice and about two inches of sleet with a dusting of snow on that. Needless to say they called off school in most of the state today. (Heck it could be all but I only have a limited grasp on the news I read in the morning) Needless to say I won't be going anywhere today because my wife took the four-wheel drive to work.

If i don't post again, a Merry Christmas to everyone.

12 comments:

K.C. Shaw said...

I saw that listing last night too and I honestly don't know if I can write a coherent story that's so short. Although it might be fun to try....

I'm glad the ice storm didn't glaze you all over. Ice is scary! Merry Christmas!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I find ice to be dangerously beautiful the way it hangs on the trees and buildings. If it would just stay away from the roads and sidewalks. Merry Christmas to you too.

Aaron Polson said...

I thought about giving the Thaumatrope thing a try...but 140 characters...yikes!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- you can do it! it was easier than I thought. (you should at least read the story they posted today, pretty good)

Catherine J Gardner said...

140 characters???

I bet most of us try even though we think we can't do it.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I forgot to say, CONGRATULATIONS!

Barry Napier said...

I've managed to stay away from Twitter. I mean, I need to get SOME work done around here...

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thanks Cate!

I really should have Barry but I have this thing for procrastination and this filled that void in my life perfectly (What else was I going to do with all of those wasted seconds when I wasn't on blogspot and facebook or reading drudge)

Natalie L. Sin said...

It rained all night here. Now winter is back to turn everything into a skating rink!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Natalie- Hope you don't get stranded in the weather. Me liked your zombie story by the way.

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, and congratulations! And yes, I signed up for Twitter and tried my hand at a 140-character story.

Robert said...

Congrats on placing the two "stories"! Looking forward to them.