I've been waffling on making Just Enough Power into an ongoing serial. Ideally, I'd write the whole thing, then publish it in ~1K episodes, posting them weekly. So as not to interfere with the FridayFlash, Tuesday would be a good day for these.
Having left everyone with a cliff-hanger last week, I feel a sense of obligation to you to let you know what happens. It's not a story that can be told in a single post, believe me.
I'll be honest, though. As much as the idea of a serial, particularly this serial, appeals to me,
I have a lot of other things on my plate at the moment. I'm not sure I could polish up a serial and do a decent FridayFlash every week. Sad fact, but there it is. Unless something changes, I'm going to have to post episodes of "Just Enough Power" on an occasional, rather than a regular, basis.
Why not kill two birds with one stone-cold-awesome and publish the serial on Fridays?
As much as I love so much of the writing that people post on Fridays with the #FridayFlash hashtag, I'm going to try to stick to a narrower definition of flash: stand alone story, closed plot arc, twist ending. I'll stretch this a bit to say that different stories can take place within the same world, but the basic structure of a flash piece has to be there.
Why? Why be so pedantic? For the writing discipline it imposes.
On the very rigorous end of the structural scale is poetry, in particular sonnets, haiku, limericks, etc. All of these have a defined structure boundary. Either it is a haiku or it isn't. Free verse is great, but it's not a haiku.
Prose tends not to be as rigorous, but the distinctions of flash, short story, novella, novel are all based on stand-alone plot arcs.
I will therefore set a rule on myself that I will NOT post sequels, continuations, excerpts, etc. to my FridayFlash stories, unless they can themselves serve as a standalone flash story, without reference to their antecedent. Such works will go up at other times during the week, without the FridayFlash hashtag.
Why make an announcement? Why not just do what I'm going to do and don't make a big deal about it? Two reasons.
1) This is a way of making public this particular commitment to craft. It's a discipline to write a flash story, and not let it wander off into some other direction. My writing almost always wants to be something other than what I need it to be. Keeping a short leash on it is good for it, for me and for you as the reader.
2) I'd like to open a discussion about flash fiction. Does it have to have a twist ending? Is the thousand-and-first word a violation, or is 1078 words OK? Can the plot be unresolved?