What do the names RJ Clarken, Walt Wojtanik, Hannah Gosselin, Laurie Kolp, De Jackson, Rob Halpin, Aimee Halpin and the late Dyson McIllwain have in common?
They all probably first crossed paths at Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer. They have been fervent contributors here at POETIC BLOOMINGS. But, what many may not know, they have all served as administrators and prompters at the flash fiction site, FLASHY FICTION.
Well, in keeping with this air of change in our beloved garden, I would like to announce that FLASHY FICTION will be joining up under our new banner to be a part of FLASHY FICTION FRIDAY. Rob Halpin and his wife Aimee along with myself, have been keeping the site (which RJ Clarken and her cohorts started back in the early days of Rock!… well, not really that long ago!) on life support and I felt this would be a perfect fit for our flash fiction aficionados here at our new and improved site. Flash fiction may not be everyone’s bag of beans, but for those who do flash, it will be a haven which will be more accessible.
The three of us will alternate Fridays with a new prompt, with the last Friday being instructional, a discussion or an exercise. You may post your efforts in the comment section and/or provide a link to your story on your blog so we can visit your other fine works.
Also in this forum we will develop characters, backgrounds and other aspects for those who venture into the NANOWRIMO every November. It may be a helpful tool in this regard.
I thank Rob Halpin for his outstanding work, developing the new look at FLASHY FICTION and for getting the “Newer” design of the CREATIVE BLOOMINGS’ FLASHY FICTION FRIDAY up and running so quickly. Those who regularly visit the site will have already seen a “preview” .
At FLASHY FICTION FRIDAY we have a tagline: “Everyone has a little story to tell…” Join us on Fridays and try your hand at telling yours.
The numbers had been trending all weekend and it was clear the first thought had become the best thought. And so I take pride in announcing the new title for our growing garden is… CREATIVE BLOOMINGS. As Marie Elena had observed, the “S” on the end of BLOOMINGS makes this a very distinctive “non”-word. In all searches connecting the words BLOOMINGS and POETRY provides one response, POETIC (now CREATIVE) BLOOMINGS.
The second most popular choice was the original name POETIC BLOOMINGS. This will be retained as the title of the poetry arm of our site. POETIC BLOOMINGS will continue with the SUNDAY SEED (our weekly Sunday prompt), INFORM POETS (our journey into poetic forms), BRILLIANT BLOOMS (a change from BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS, our “award” to the selected favorites for the week). All features here (DAISY CHAIN, BOOK SHELF, RECOLLECTION pages) will be retained. And there are at Marie’s estimation two more POET INTERVIEW features to be executed from our original group. After these, we will be branching out on occasion to tap other voices in the poetic world. These will be proposed for the third Thursday of the month when we have one lined up.
Under the CREATIVE BLOOMINGS banner, we will feature a “page” for art work (your paintings, sketches, drawings and cartoons) you wish to display here. These will be in GARDEN GALLERY. PHOTO PHOCUS will be where your collections of photographs will find a home. Send us your artwork or an album with a title for your group of pictures and a brief artist bio. A link to your blog will be helpful! These can be sent to the e-mail account ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) at anytime. We will post these when they are presented. Your submission will be considered your consent to post them on our pages and use them in possible future Photo Prompts.
Information about the trustees and guest poets will follow later this week. These are scheduled to begin when February arrives. Please be mindful, this is a major undertaking and work in progress. There will be glitches and bugs along the way as we expand. But, we’re in this for the long haul. Our success or failure will hinge on our continued support of our chosen crafts.
We have announced that the flash fiction site, FLASHY FICTION has joined under our new banner to become FLASHY FICTION FRIDAYS. See the announcement.
The changes a coming quickly, so visit often to keep pace!