We started the blog because we wanted to practice writing stories, and to talk about what writing (and reading) means to us. Over the last few years we’ve showcased a number of short stories of different lengths, genres, voices, and you can find these via the Index.
We run a monthly prompt for #FlashFiction (used here in both senses: a short story that can be read quickly, and one that is written within a short period of time). We like to go with quirky prompts (again, have a look at the Index!), and we mix in a few photo-prompts together with one of our USPs, the Gutenberg Prompt – have a look out for these. We’d love to get more people involved with these, so do spread the word.
We post every Sunday, following a regular schedule. Our schedule revamp for 2021 is the addition of an #IndieSpotlight feature as part of the options for the 3rd and 4th Sundays. We’ll continue presenting our stories, and one of our other USPs, #SecondThoughts, but we’ll be adding some features on the items on our Resources page, together with a new series of articles written by guests on how their chosen genre is entwined with their normal life.
Our (revised) regular schedule
1st Sunday #FF Prompt – submission deadline the next Sunday @ 8 am GMT
(or use our #TortoiseFlashFiction page if the deadline is too tight)
2nd Sunday #FF stories
3rd and 4th Sundays
A #SecondThoughts piece.
A focus on a Resource for writers (or readers), or something else of writerly interest.
An #IndieSpotlight piece, where we feature the work of an indie author via a book review, by hosting a part of their pre- or post- publishing publicity – for example a cover reveal, or… well, this is a new feature, so we’re open to options.
Occasionally a short story from one or another of us.
Exactly what turns up will depend on what we’ve been doing, and what is going on in the wider world.
5th Sunday On the occasion when these occur, we’ll be posting our guests’ musings on the intersections between their life and their chosen genre. (Do get in touch if you’re interested in writing one yourself). The post that kicked it all off is here.