Friday Flash Fiction Project

I really enjoy little writing exercises where I can allow my muse to drift from whatever I’m working on to a different place without having to really stop my main story to write a whole new story. Too feed that as well as to give readers a chance to see little tidbits, I started making a commitment to write a piece of flash fiction each Friday.

There’s no true definition for flash fiction other than it being a very very short piece of fiction, generally under 1000-2000 words. I’ve set my limit at no more than 750 words.

To enable others to join me in this fun pursuit, Celia Kyle and I have set up a meme with Mister Linky. Check my blog each Friday and I’ll post the postid for the day so everyone will know what to use. If, for some reason, I haven’t gotten there, I plan to use that date in the format shown below. Participants are also welcome to use the above button, also supplied by Celia, on their blog or website and point it to this page to give these instructions to others who might want to join us.

UPDATE
Celia has set up a website and centralized the resources for the Friday Flash Fiction. You can go to fridayflashfiction.com to get the most up to date links and the instructions for participating in the Friday Flash Fiction project!

Blogger (New)

  1. To install new code in your Blogger (beta) blog, you’ll need to change your template. Start out at the Blogger Dashboard. You may need to log in first, but once you’re at your dashboard, click the Change Settings icon next to your blog’s name. Next click the Template tab and you’ll be editing your template. Click the Edit HTML link and then check the Expand Widget Templates box. The large text box contains your entire template. It’s a good idea to backup your template before you continue — not using their export function. Simply copy all of the text to the clipboard and save it into a document in Notepad or some other text editor.
  2. This is the header script…
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/header.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/platinum.js"></script>
  3. Copy the header script onto the clipboard.
  4. Go to the Blogger template editor (edit-HTML mode with widgets expanded) and right near the top you’ll find a line that looks like this…
    <head>
  5. Place your cursor at the end of that line and press Enter to get a blank line below it. Now paste the header script into the template, so that it now looks like this.
    <head>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/header.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/platinum.js"></script>
  6. Save your template. Click the Preview button at the bottom of Blogger’s Template Editor page. Double check that everything looks as it should. Once you’re satisfied, close the preview window and on the Template Editor page, click Save Template Changes. You’ll need to republish your blog in order for your template changes to be seen. However, in most cases you only need for new posts to work with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets, and therefore you can click the Republish Index button and be fairly confident that everything will be just fine.
  7. Congratulations! Now that the header code is installed, you can just skip to the next step in the future.
  8. This is the autolink script…
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/autolink.php?owner=MauraAnderson&postid=26Oct2007b&meme=307"></script>

    !! You may notice that the code above has been constructed using the Mr. Linky meme Owner’s id and a specific date. Be sure to use that same user id in each of you Linky scripts. And it’s important to use a unique postid= value each time you use a new Linky. The post id will take the form of that Friday’s date and will appear on Maura Anderson’s blog each Friday.

    !! It is very important that the code not be altered in certain ways. For example, there is a space character before the “src=” attribute that causes the code to wrap inside of the box. If this space is replaced with a carriage return, it may not work properly. As pure HTML, spaces and carriage returns are equivalent, but most blogging tools convert returns to break tags, which causes script code to break.

  9. Whenever you want a Linky to appear in a post on your blog, copy the autolink script from the box above onto the clipboard.
  10. Usually you’ll insert your Linky after you’ve finished writing the text of your post. In Blogger’s post editor, there may be a tab called Edit HTML, depending on which web browser you’re using. If it’s there, click it. Now simply paste the Linky code wherever you want it, which is usually at the end of the post. When you’re done with your post, update the postid to be the correct one and click the Publish button.
  11. At this point you’ll see some red text saying “Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not allowed:

  12. Once you have checked the box and clicked Publish again, you’re off and running.

WordPress

  1. To install new code in your WordPress blog, you’ll need to edit your template. Go to your Administration Page and click on the Presentation button. Next, click on the “Theme Editor” tab and you’ll see the list of your templates in a column on the right-hand side of the page.
  2. This is the header script…
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/header.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/platinum.js"></script>
  3. Copy the header script onto the clipboard.
  4. Click the Header link from the list of files in your Theme Editor. Locate the head tag, which may look one of the following…
    <head>

    <head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">

  5. Place your cursor at the end of that line and press Enter to get a blank line below it. Now paste the header script into the template, so that it now looks like this…
    <head ... >
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/header.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/platinum.js"></script>
  6. Click the Update File button to save the header template.
  7. Congratulations! Now that the header code is installed, you can just skip to the next step in the future.
  8. This is the autolink script…
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.blenza.com/linkies/autolink.php?owner=MauraAnderson&postid=25Oct2007b&meme=307"></script>
    !! You may notice that the code above has been constructed using Mr. Linky meme Owner’s id and a specific date. Be sure to use that same user id in each of you Linky scripts. And it’s important to use a unique postid= value each time you use a new Linky. The post id will take the form of that Friday’s date and will appear on Maura Anderson’s blog each Friday

    !! It is very important that the code not be altered in certain ways. For example, there is a space character before the “src=” attribute that causes the code to wrap inside of the box. If this space is replaced with a carriage return, it may not work properly. As pure HTML, spaces and carriage returns are equivalent, but most blogging tools convert returns to break tags, which causes script code to break.

  9. Whenever you want a Linky to appear in a post on your blog, copy the autolink script from the box above onto the clipboard.
  10. After you’ve written a post you want to add auto-linkies to, but while you’re still on the WordPress Write Post page, paste in the autolink script wherever you want your Linky to appear. Edit the script to have the correct postid and Click the Publish button when you’ve finished with your post.
  11. Incidentally, you might be interested in Mister Linky’s new WordPress plugin for Auto-Linkies which are more Technorati-friendly (and Google, too). You can learn more about this plugin at http://www.blenza.com/wptest/?p=8. At this time the plugin is beta software, but it’s been working quite well for everyone who’s using it!