Coffee Share 200725: Floorboards & New Menu

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Greetings all,

I hope you had a great week.

Mine was pretty good except for the ongoing annoyance of everything related to Covid-19.  I could make you a list, but my bet is that you too are saturated with good, bad, accurate, suspect, relevant and non: news, opinions, factoids, advise, ads, and my personal least-favorite, rants.  So, that single sentence is and ends my Covid update for today.

I think I had a good writing week for a change.  I had a short list of short story ideas I was anxious to engage.  When I found I had the time, what wanted out first was literally a new stray thought and it turned into what I think is one of my better pieces of fiction.

I’m beginning the transition from writing my autobiographical humor essays to fiction and I wanted to focus first on short fiction because it should be easier for me to produce and more likely to collect readers and feedback.  Once article I read claims that Flash Fiction goes up to 1500 words.  Since I’m used to my old limit of 2000, trying to produce in this range should further train me to write tight, non-passive and more vivid essays.

girls bedroom CThe idea I had for this story, I felt I could complete in 1000 words, so off I went, and the result was; Teeter Totter Floor Boards, a short warm read about the love of a mom for her daughter and the love of a man for his wife.  I don’t want to say much about it here, but hope that you will take the time to give it a read and let me know how it works for you.

Very early this morning, I received a Facebook message from someone at the FBk page, Story Bug, expressing their interest in, “publishing”, Teeter Totter Floor Boards.  I asked a few questions, agreed with enough of their answers to give them  the okay to put it up on their page.  I don’t know that their normal offerings match my preferences well, but I did not see anything there objectionable, so we’ll see.  Have you heard of or have any experience with: Story Bug ?

I’m actually most interested in what my literate and trusted friends think of it.  That would be you, so I hope you can find a few minutes for it.  A couple of you already have and I’m so grateful.  I’m not above noting the quality of a reviewer, so that your opinion means more to me than someone I don’t know or have any means of qualifying their feedback.  Have they published real books with real sales or are they taking breaks from creating memes?  There is nothing wrong with any reader “liking” a story, but . . .  you get my point.

I also determined a way to squeeze another year or so out of my existing blog format.  I was feeling the walls closing in on me with, of all things, my coffee share articles.  I don’t get much traffic to my older shares, which makes sense because they aren’t promoted and my WordPress free theme doesn’t allow any formal SEO, but I still find value to going back and reviewing them myself sometimes so I wanted an easy way to find them from my main page.  My current theme has a very real estate wasting format for hierarchical menus and my attempt to sort them by year, then quarter was bursting the window.  I tried a few variations, but most alternatives were top-heavy in setup and maintenance so I settled on a simple flat page that I can just add each new share, by my date-code format you’ve seen me use before with a short few words of subjects addressed.  It’s quick to create, maintain and scales to whatever length I need without driving me to a new theme.

New Cofy Shr Index

I’m almost done migrating my full Coffee Shares out of the old hierarchical menu and collapsing the old layout.  I now have only my first partial year of sharing to move.

I’ve thought through switching from “Pages” to “Posts” but since my essays don’t consistently have that diary through time value, I’m sticking with pages for now.  I was torn on this point and almost went to posts.  If you have any words of guidance on this, I would welcome them.

Well,  I have a new piece of fiction in the works and hope to have it out in the next day or two.  I heard from my management late yesterday that I need to be part of a team covering a customer upgrade today for 6 hours.  Gulp – there goes a big part of my day so I’m still trying to adjust my plan for the day.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be around to your Coffee Share real soon.


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6 thoughts on “Coffee Share 200725: Floorboards & New Menu

  1. Good morning!
    Glad to read that you had a good writing week! That is awesome. Covid has been irritating and people aren’t social distancing so the cases are growing instead of shrinking. I am concerned about going back to school as a teacher and as a mom.
    I have had no experience with Story Bug but will check it out. Thanks for sharing!
    I hope you stay cool today! Best wishes!

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  2. I’m so glad you’ve been productive in the writing department. I hope you won’t be abandoning this blog as you move to fiction-writing. I’d love to try my hand at fiction-writing again. I did some short stories as a teen, but once I got my feet into the English-speaking blogosphere, I hardly ever wrote any fiction.

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  3. A long-time friend of mine, Pamelyn Casto, publishes the Flash Fiction Flash Newsletter. Excellent resource. Well known professional in the field. You might be interested in taking a look at it. Markets, essays, news, etc. The list is through — it’s been around for years and is a good resource. Liked your story!

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    1. Thank you Lizl. I’ll look into this. I so appreciate your readership and feedback. For some unexpected reason, I’m finding fiction more challenging than my factual autobiographical pieces. I hope it’s only getting past a writer’s version of changing gears into a mode I’ve not used for some time. Is it just me or is the clutch kinda clunky?

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      1. I have a tendency, writing fiction, to give enough detail that anybody reading it will see in their mind’s eye what I am seeing. When I am reading someone else’s fiction, however, I discover that I am avoiding the overly detailed passages and letting my own internal sight come up with its own details to fill in the writer’s framework.

        Also, I hate reading books by writers who hide plot points in the “sex scenes”, cause I skip those paragraphs/chapters entirely. Good way to make them one of my one book authors.

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