Posted on May 17, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
English: American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter Harold MacGrath (1871-1932) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A writer is never off duty. Even when a writer lives in the moment, once the moment passes the writer must sooner or later reflect on his or her day. The day might contain something that can be used in a short story.
Earlier today, I walked to Armand’s in Little Italy for a beer. This was before noon. Only two other customers sat at the bar as they watched television. My new friend, the painter of fine art, was not there. He’s around my age and he has always made a living as a painter of fine art. He’s not rich, but he makes a living. I admire anyone who makes a living at his or her art.
And he’s a good conversationalist.
But today he was not at Armand’s. So, I finished my beer and enjoyed my walk in this beautiful summer-like weather Pittsburgh is having, back to my apartment.
After eating a sardine sandwich with onions and mustard on pumpernickel bread and washing it all down with some sweet tea, I read a little of one of my books that I checked out from the public library a few days ago.
Then it was time for another walk to visit my younger brother who lives in an assistant-living facility. He’s younger than I am but he uses a cane and looks and acts much older. He never goes anywhere. He has plenty of money. He usually slips me a few bucks when I visit him. But he has lost his interest in life.
Over the years, I’ve written two flash fiction stories about him.
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Posted on June 20, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
That’s the challenge for the flash fiction writer: to present the human condition in around 1,000 words or less. I love it.
Hello hello hello!
It’s the Old Soldier here (I’m a Vietnam War Veteran) thinking out loud about flash fiction and what it is to be a flash fiction writer.
You want to write about family? Flash fiction can handle it. You want to write about love? Flash fiction can handle it. You want to write about loss? Flash fiction can handle it. You want to write about sex. Oh, boy, flash fiction can handle that, too.
Now I usually address the writers in the audience when it comes to writing flash fiction because the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a magazine published by a writer for other writers. But we writers need readers. And if you are a reader I encourage you to explore this site. This magazine is definitely not for everyone. But if you are open-minded about sex and you like good writing and you would like to experience a new kind of flash fiction publication, I think you will love this site. Start by checking out the front page.
I’ll say no more.
English: Dy Plambeck, a Danish fiction writer. Dansk: Dy Plambeck, dansk forfatter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Read. Study. Write. Submit.
Click the follow button. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is free.
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Posted on December 26, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
It’s December 26. The Old Soldier got money for Christmas. I guess my family figure I can use it. The Old Soldier never gives gifts. Too poor. One month ago I was worried about being evicted from my apartment. The Old Soldier wonders how his family sees him. As an eccentric? As a miser?
Well, it’s good to have family who care about you.
How’s everyone doing? The Old Soldier has money for beer and has had his fair share of beer in the last 48 hours so he’s getting a late start blogging today. It’s nearly 1:00 in the afternoon. The sun is shinning and the announcer on the radio says the high will be around 43 degrees.
I still have to do my breathing and stretching exercises and take a hot shower. But if you are a writer, now would be a good time to think about submitting a short story to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
I’m pretty sure this magazine will get over 5,000 hits this month. If you are accepted for publication, people will see your work especially if I stick it to the Front Page.
I will work with you to get your work into this magazine, the most dynamic flash fiction publication on the internet.
The short story Submissions tab is at the top of the page.
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Posted on September 26, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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I was studying the stats page of my blog when a survey came up for me to take. WordPress was asking if I would recommend WordPress to family, friends and colleagues. The survey went from 0 to 10. 0 being no and 10 being absolutely.
The Old Soldier is no computer or blogging wiz. So, I need an easy to use blogging platform that is very user-friendly. WordPress is that platform. Sure, there are plenty of whistles and bells if I ever want to move to the next level; but for right now the Old Soldier is happier than a pig in a mud hole on a hot summer day. I voted a #10.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
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