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How to Write Flash Fiction


Ruby a Tale of Flash Fiction for Black History Month


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About the Nicene Creed ~ From the Desk of the Editor in Chief and Contributing Author Shundra L. Moore

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1|How to Write Flash Fiction A URL by Hapworth a Member


The first line of flash fiction has to be an attention getter. I recently wrote a flash fiction piece that began with the following statement: "That has to be the ugliest coffin I've ever seen." An unusual start that peaks the reader's interest. The beginning of flash fiction has to jump into the conflict. Because you are limited to word count, you can't spend time describing the setting or creating a mood with descriptive words. Jump in with your main character and the situation. But remember, there must be an ending and your character must change or what's the point? Stick with 1-2 characters in a flash fiction piece. You haven't time to develop anymore than that. Choose a moment in the character's life. This is a snapshot of a time. I did a story about checking out at Walmart. Show, don't tell. Edit for unnecessary words. Your words are VERY important so skip the VERY! Write in active voice. Most of all, have fun! And...pick a great title for a great flash fiction story. For the full article cut and paste the link above into your browser address bar

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2|Ruby a Tale of Flash Fiction for Black History Month by Shundra L. Moore Š copyright 2010, Shundra L. Moore, all rights reserved

Dedicated to My Mother Carrie Ruby gon' like dis fa sho. What you talkin 'bout Kitten? Bertha she gon' like it I tell you. Look at dis. My quilt is gonna be da best at da fair. I always told you your quilts was good Kitten. But Bertha, she don know I'm gonna give it to her after. For a birthday present. My name is Bertha Clementine Smith. Kitten calls me by both names when it suits her. da old folk tease me cause I got two names as far a Kitten knows. I'm da oldest of three sisters. I came first den Ruby den Kitten. My ma is named Malie. After her ma. We been on this farm as long as I can remember. Even when da war was full blast. Kitten be in da mind of tellin me to go to da store on da way back. Bertha what you cookin up na. Don't you worry bout dat. You'll know soon. Bertha! Bertha! da cow don got loose. Ruby was yellin my name from inside da barn. da one stuck in da middle of da two of us most times. Ruby kept to herself most. She lost a bo in da war. He lied bout his age to get in so he could kill some white folk. He had a mean streak, dat one. I'm comin Ruby. da cow answered to me and payed no tention to anybody else. Must be cause I rasied it from a calf. It took me a good hour dis time to get dat cow. I din have no time to be messin wit no milk cow. We were gonin to da fair and I had to get dressed. I put on my best for da quilt show. Kitten was real good at sowin. Ma taught her first das why she won all da contest at da fair. She was da first to learn how to read too. Das why she was so smart. den me, den Ruby. Ruby always was quiet. So we din know if she knew how to read before me. We never did get to da store. I was gonna cook Ruby a pie. But a storm come up after Kitten won her blue ribbon. Ruby was cheerin the loudest at the fair. I know I said she was solum. But every now and den she wasn't. We saw da rain cloud fo it got to us

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and started a runnin. Bertha I just knew my birthday was gonna be sunny, and look here a cloud cum up to ruin it. Don't worry bout the cloud ain't no rain started yet. Just den the rain started. And it was a powerful rain too we had to grab hands and slow down. Cause the wind picked up and started whis'lin a jig. Kitten started to fear we was not gonna get home in one piece. So Kitten yelled at me pray! Bertha pray! I was always talkin to the Lawd bout somin. So I guess I should say somin to Him bout dis. But I was not a feared like Kitten so I told her in the loudest voice I could muster. "Kitten you pray dis time. The Lawd can hear ya you don't have to yell to me" Kitten started yellin at the top of her voice. What can I say it musta helped her nerves. Lawd! Please help us get home fo dis storm carries us away to meet you. I know Lawd I had a real good day today on Ruby's birthday but don't let the devil ruin it all. Amen! Ruby said somin for the first time since cheerin to the top of her voice for Kitten. I wish dat you would pray ta yourself Kitten. Da Lawd can hear us even if we don't say da words out loud. You startin to make me scared I a was not feelin dat way a minute ago. We all got each others hans real tight and we walkin real slow like. Da wind is starting to stop whistlin. Its my day and I'm not gonna let the devil ruin it. The Lawd is already helpin me. Ruby started to say somin I thought she was mumblin to herself bout Kitten. But she was prayin that the storm would stop. Afterwards, she told me her prayer was somin like dis. Lawd I thank you for another birthday and I ask you for another. Calm my sisters restless soul so that she would learn to hear you when you talk to her. It is very important that we trust you and not lean to our own understanding, in these evil days, and foolishly do things that would cause us harm. We have found ourselves in harms way Lawd not cause we have done somin against you. But even if we did cause the storm like Jonah of old. We trust that you will be merciful to us and send us a big fish too. Dats when I stopped her. Why did you pray dat Ruby. Cause, I didn't know why the storm came to us so sudden like. Thought we had don somin bad that we didn't know bout. Ok I said. He knew bout all our bad stuff way fo we did it dint He. Yes, I guess so Bertha. You can't guess bout dat Ruby you must be sure. Ok I'm sure. Well fine den. He was beat and killed fo all we did Ruby why would he send the storm? If you put it dat way He won't punish us since He punished Jesus for all our bad.

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Ok, Ruby take it back. Take what back? What you just said to God. And pray again. Ok. Lawd thank You for being punished for all my bad and my sisters bad too. Thank You for being merciful and saving us even if we don't listen to you when you talk to us. And finally Lawd thank You that You don't answer every prayer. Amen, I said first, Amen, Kitten said and finally Ruby said Amen. The End.

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3|Submissions to Ruby Magazine If you would like to be considered for publication in Ruby Magazine send your own works of Christian Poetry and Christian Short Fiction to Christian themes and wording do not have to be in your completed work. But please understand this: By sending your submissions to Ruby Magazine you agree that you personally have a belief in the Nicene Creed or the Apostles Creed. There is no guarantee that any submissions will be published in Ruby Magazine. There is no fee for submissions. Side Note: There will be additional submission categories of Tech Ministry and Internet Missionary to be added soon.

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4|About the Nicene Creed

From the desk of Shundra L. Moore Editor in Chief and contributing author. Its really easy to just recite creeds and prayers but the next time you think about God and say a prayer out loud that you read from a hardcopy. Take the time to meditate on it before you pray it in a corporate setting. I will be worth it. Your emotions will follow and worship God. Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, Volume 1: The History of Creeds, pp 14–15.(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books) 1983.

The Nicene Creed I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Apostles' Creed I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell The third day he rose again from the dead He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead I believe in the Holy Ghost I believe a holy catholic church; the communion of saints The forgiveness of sins The resurrection of the body And the life everlasting. Amen.

That is the end of this first issue it is short and sweet. See you next week. Shundra:

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