Hello, hello, hello, all you fans of flash fiction! It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll. Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game. The summer is almost gone, but we are still getting lovely weather here in The ‘Burgh. Today it will be a mostly sunny day with a high around 75 and with no chance of rain.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
I plan to get out later today for a nice walk through Schenley Plaza in Oakland and a stroll around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh for inspiration, relaxation and to see what I can see. But first I have today’s edition of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to publish.
My Google Analytics tell me that around 85% of the visitors to this blog are first-time visitors. So, the story of how I first became obsessed with flash fiction (obsessed is not too strong of a word to use) is a new story to most of you even though I’ve told it several times. For my long-suffering regular readers I’ll try to be brief.
The Writer As A Young Man
I’m now a baby boomer (retired). When I was a young man (and a young writer) I realized I didn’t have the attention span or the stamina or (as I found out after many years of rejection notices) the talent to be a novelist or even a writer of regular-length short stories, stories from around 2,000 to 5,000 words long. Fast forward to my middle-age and I discovered flash fiction. Then in 2003 when as a 50-something-year-old under grad at the University of Pittsburgh I was accepted to the graduate fiction writing program of the school because of the flash fiction stories that I submitted with my application and then on top of that I was awarded a fellowship valued at around $60,000 that allowed me to complete my MFA in 2006, I was hooked on flash fiction. And while I was in grad school a local print news weekly that covered the politics and culture of the Pittsburgh area began to pay me $30.00 for every flash fiction story I sent them. The Old Soldier never looked back (You’ll gone make me lose my mind up in here up in here! You’ll gone make me act a fool up in here up in here!)…
I’m sorry…I’m sorry…Give me a moment to compose myself…All right. Let us continue.
Editor Publisher Of The Gazette
Now I edit and publish an online girlie magazine; but not your average online girlie magazine. You will find no other girlie magazine like this one on the Internet. At the very heart of my little girlie magazine is the flash fiction short story. There are now more than 150 flash fiction stories or fiction narratives of around 500 to 1,200 words long on this site. Many of the stories deal with sex while others have nothing to do with sex. I wrote some of the stories while many of the other stories were written by a crew of talented writers from all over the world. If you’ve ever had an interest in flash fiction, you have come to the right place. Go to the sidebar and scan down to Categories. Look for these categories.
- Erotic And Other Flash Fiction by Guest Writers
- Flash Fiction Stories by Guy Hogan
- Gangbang Stories by Guy Hogan
- Good Pussy Bad Pussy by Amy Aimee
And there is also another category that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about writing flash fiction but were afraid to ask.
- How To Write Flash Fiction For Fun And Profit
So, there you have it. And you thought the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette was just about naked women.
Hail to Pitt!
All photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. Now take a moment to checkout my book in the sidebar. It helped me to win my $60,000 fellowship and served as my thesis that won me my MFA. I think every fan and serious writer of flash fiction should own it. When you download it be sure to save the file for future enjoyment and as a reference on how to write flash fiction.