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As a fan with fantasies of one day being a writer I thought I would share a fairly interesting find on the web.

365 tomorrows features a new flash science fiction story everyday and has done so nonstop since it’s creation with the idea for the site to be supported by the community of readers that has since grown around it.

With aide of staff writers and open submissions from readers they have published over 1000 stories under the Creative Commons license (specifically: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Generic license, for more information see website.)

As can be expected with an open publishing framework that accepts contributions from anyone you can find a diversity of material that should provide entertainment for just about anyone.

Also if your interested the sites publishing guidelines defines flash fiction as any self contained story consisting of 600 words or less.

Personally I was surprised at how challenging it can be to write flash fiction, it’s like making Haiku short stories.


For more on the site and an excellent definition of the goals of flash fiction here is a link.


The main site can be found at


…and remember it’s suppose to be fun.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2008 )
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Time Warner is my ISP and recently annoyed a lot of people on the filk newsgroups by announcing that it would soon be cutting off all Usenet  newsgroups.  The scuttlebut was that this would happen on Monday, June 23rd, and indeed right now I can't connect to this morning.


I checked out a number of news servers recommended by filker acquaintances.  

I couldn' get a reliable connection to Motzarella, and I couldn't get Octanew to

let me post messages (though I was able to read the newsgroups there).


Finally we went to (a free news server) at  and have found it fairly satisfactory when using it with Thunderbird (I can download the newsgroups and post messages).  It keeps downloading old messages, but  I just hit SHIFT-CONTROL-C to mark All Read after reading the newer ones, and the price is definitely right.  


I can post all the other cheap news servers recommended by filkers, on the understanding that I haven't tried any of them.


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2008 )