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A smooth female voice answers, All circuits are busy. Please hang up and try again later.
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In the front lobby, a sheet of water trickles over a corporate logo down into a bed of pebbles where a hidden pump hauls it up again. The floor of the lobby is cold marble tile, and the walls are warm-hued hardwood, lined with glass cases themselves lined with gleaming awards. A phone is ringing, but nobody answers.
A small crowd stares at the wide-screen television built into the wall. The ever-present stream of stock quotes marches across the bottom of the screen, but everyone is paying rapt attention to the images of high-rise buildings imploding and collapsing.
A static-y voice speaks, ... but the military will not comment on the nature of the anomaly. The National Guard has cut entry for civilians to the entire Los Angeles county, and is
Tips For Writing Flash Fictionby Stephen R. Smith with excerpts by Kathy KachelriesTips For Writing Flash Fiction by SRSmith
In order to improve as a writer, you need feedback. It's difficult to write something the size of a novel, and equally difficult to carve out the time required to read one and provide any sort of meaningful critique on it. This severely handicaps the feedback loop so important for the aspiring writer.
Flash Fiction on the other hand allows you to exercise all of your story writing and editing skills while creating works that can be read in a few minutes. This makes it ideal for examining ideas, developing writing skills and getting the feedback needed to help elevate you in your craft. Note that while Flash Fiction stories can be read in a few minutes, you shouldn't expect to write them that quickly.
Kathy Kachelries, founder of 365tomorrows, had this to say about Flash Fiction:
"The most concise and widely-cited example of flash fiction is the story Ernest Hemingway penned, allegedly to settle a bar bet: For sale: baby shoes.
Systema MetropolisIts just like they try to teach you in biology.Systema Metropolis by systemametropolis
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.
Municipalis, Europa, Munchen, EDF, Umbra, Generatrum, Gigas.
The common or garden Generatrum Gigas. Very roughly, thats Giant Generator. Self-replicating automata are absolutely great unless you impose severe limits on them. And make sure theres no easy workarounds.
Europa may have been true once, but no longer. Municipalis dont respect political borders: these things walk around the world. Not fast enough to stay in perpetual daylight, but fast enough to snatch eighteen hours or more of light a day.
And theyre damn tall. And some of the subspecies can float.
About the only people who gained anything purely positive from the whole evolutionary technology revolution were the damn taxonomists. Whole new species sprouting in a whole new kingdom of life. And sprouting far quicker than anyone anticipated.