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What is Fiction in 50?

“Of course I can tell a complete story in fifty words.”
Jace looked at me like I’d lost my mind.
”Look, it’s called a dribble, or sometimes a pentina.”
Jace wagged his tail and rolled onto his back for belly rubs. I obliged, certain he understood and agreed.
”Good talk!”

There are five takeaways from this story.

  1. I’ve just realized I can't change picture alignment or wrap text on Substack. I did Google this, but it doesn’t seem to be a thing. Maybe in a future update? Please, Substack?

  2. Jace really is my dog, and we really do have conversations just like this. Sometimes they even consist of more than fifty words.

  3. I’m not a great photographer.

  4. Dribbles are tiny stories that can be read in under a minute. Perfect, even if you’re in a hurry. But don’t let their length fool you; these stories can pack a wallop.

  5. If you follow me, you’ll get to read lots of these fun stories.

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What happens if I subscribe?

I was just getting to that.

Three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, one of my fifty word stories will pop up in your mailbox. Instead of sighing at yet another email to deal with, you’ll smile because you’ll know that not only will you be able to read it in less than a minute, you’ll have fun while you do.

Full disclosure: sometimes I’ll send you a drabble (or a centina), which is a one hundred word story. But don’t worry; you can read these in under a minute too! Some micro-fiction in between a dribble and drabble might leak into your emails as well. Isn’t variety great?

On Sundays when, hopefully, most of you will have more time to read, I’ll send you something longer. It might be fiction, but it’s just as likely to be something interesting from my week, something I’ve read about that I’d like to share, or even something about my writing process.

Great! Anything else?

You bet! I’ll sometimes start discussion threads—I love to interact with my readers. Sometimes I’ll even let you tell me what to write (within reason). If anyone is interested, I’ll offer some writing prompts so you can write some dribbles of your own. You can share them in the comment thread.

If I get really brave, I’ll try my hand at a podcast. I don’t know about that one, though. I’ll have to talk to Jace about it.

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