Using the News to Spark the Muse

Ripped from the headlines…

“Alien monster eats Prime Minister’s Brain!”

“Woman Gives Birth to Rottweiler Quintuplets!”

“Nostradamus Predicts End of the World is Near!”

I’m the first one to admit that novel ideas can come from anywhere: dreams, conversations, a song—you name it—it’s all fodder for the creative muse. As an unapologetic news junkie, I tend to look at the headlines first. My imagination takes off from there. Continue reading “Using the News to Spark the Muse”

Flash Fiction Challenge: Vote Here!

The time of choosing is at hand. Who will be the next Flash Fiction Star? Kudos to the entrants. Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Remember, all our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology. So, support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then spread the word, bang the drums, and share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Who penned your favorite flash fiction entry this week?

  • Sherry Molteni (50%, 32 Votes)
  • Laurie Boris (44%, 28 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (8%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Earlier this month Stephen Hise gave his take on a survey of readers coordinated by bestselling author Marie Force. On the subject of reviews, Hise summarized a few of the survey’s findings with these words:

Reviews are important, but readers pay far more attention to other reader reviews on retail sites than to reviews from publications and review sites.

This seemed like a fair summary of the six survey questions related to reviews and their impact although I did have one nit to pick, which we’ll get to shortly. In the comments I saw this exchange between Hise and IU contributor Lin Robinson. Continue reading “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”