A week of #vss365

This week I was given the keys to the FlashDogs Head Quarters, FDHQ, and was allowed to set the prompt words for #vss365 (“Very Short Stories”). Every day I had the responsibility for picking a word or phrase that would then be used for a whole day to inspire tweet length fictions.

And damn, it was fun.

Also, jeez, there’s a tonne of words out there.

*Oh, the decisions, the decisions.*

For company, and to keep me in check, I made sure to bring the Beast and Robot Tam with me to FDHQ. They weren’t on their best behaviour.

To give you a taste of what went down, here’s some of what happened last week. This is most definitely NOT exhaustive, but just a very few of the many, many excellent stories.

DAY 1: #bars

DAY 2: #cargo

DAY 3: #digital

A personal favourite topic of mine – how the digital world meshes with the ‘real’ world, and what might happen next.

Even Robot Tam got involved…

DAY 4: #Beast

Dedicated to the grumpy cat that lurks in my house.

DAY 5: #spot

DAY 6: #circus

DAY 7: #Spark

A mini heads-up to my upcoming novel Grind Spark. I opted against going for the word ‘grind’… you never know where that could end up.

And all of these are just a tiny sampling of the joys of #vss365. I’ve handed the keys back to FDHQ for now, but head over to twitter and get your fine-selves joining in.


Grind Spark – out now

Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending to be the perfect family. It’s about whether you want to survive. Treat your eye portals. Pick up your copy here.

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