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Michael Brookes (technohippy)

The first Festival of Drabbles will start on November 9th and run until the 15th. It will be a week long celebration of drabbles and the art of drabble writing including some of the finest drabblists in the world.

If you’re new to drabbles then they are a form of flash fiction in which the story is told in exactly 100 words. I’ve been a fan of the drabble form since they were introduced as a daily feature in the Indie Book Bargains newsletter (now Book Hippo) a few years ago.

As a writer it’s a challenge of economy and editing to tell a story in so few words. It’s also an excellent way to play with new ideas and to explore areas that you normally wouldn’t. As a reader I enjoy a bite sized tale in those few quiet minutes in the day. They’ve also introduced to me to new authors whose work I would otherwise have missed.

It’s a form that deserves greater recognition and so I’m organising this week of drabble related reading and activities. I already have a plan for how my blog The Cult of Me will contribute to International Drabble Week. I’ll share these nearer the time, and it will include a drabble competition.

How can you help?

First we need to raise awareness for Festival of Drabbles 2015, so if you have access to any of the following channels then please do the following:

If you have a blog or website then post an announcement for the Festival, you are free to use the logo and text for this purpose.

If you are on Facebook then join the event, invites any friends that you think would be interested and share the event on your timeline and any appropriate groups you participate in:

https://www.facebook.com/events/37560...

If you’re on Twitter then tweet a link to this event and if you can use the #festivalofdrabbles hashtag that would be great!


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles 2015 starts on November 9th and runs until November 15th to celebrate the art of drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words long. If you've not joined the event yet then you can do so on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/37560...

Or on Goodreads here:

https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/...

The festival activities will take place on various blogs and websites and this is your opportunity to get involved. If you write a blog or a website and would like to take part then simply leave your details in the comments below and I will start compiling a calendar of events.

You should include your name, web address and which days you plan to host something on, if you know what it will be then include that as well!

Here's what my blog will have for that week:

Michael Brookes
thecultofme.blogspot.com
Monday 9th - My First Drabble
Tuesday 10th - Places to Find Drabbles
Wednesday 11th - Drabble Books
Thursday 12th - Drabbles of Art
Friday 13th - Drabble Writing Tips
Saturday 14th - Drabble Contest Winner
Sunday 15th - Peoples Choice Drabble Contest Winner

You don't have to host something every day - but you're more than welcome to if you want!

Don't worry if you want to host something but don't have any drabbles or anything related, just list your blog below and post that you'd like content to feature and I will look for suitable content for you. As we approach the festival I will be promoting the calendar of events and so you'll gain additional exposure for your blog or website.


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The official drabble contest for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 has started - the full details can be found here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 4: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 27 comments Thanks for telling us about the festival, as it definitely sounds fun!


message 5: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) Thanks Clare.


message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've started collating a list of books containing, or about drabbles for one of my planned features during the Festival of Drabbles 2015. You can see the list so far here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

I'm sure there are many other drabble books out there, so if you know of any that aren't listed then post the details in the comments below.


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've started putting together a list of places to discover drabbles. If you are aware of other sites then post in the comments and I'll take a look.

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've posted the calendar of events for the Festival of Drabbles 2015:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you want to host an event then post the details below and I'll add it to the the schedule.


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles 2015 is less than a month away and will be a celebration of all things drabbles for the week starting 9th November. If you haven't heard of drabbles before then they are stories that are exactly 100 words and are a favourite short form of writing. Here's one of mine to give you the idea:

Face in the Mirror

I stare at my face in the mirror and I can’t be sure that it’s really me. My eyes are hunted and bruised from nights of disturbed sleep. A dread has stalked my dreams, twisting them into nightmares that linger even in dawn’s embrace.

In the mirror I glimpse a malformed shadow lurking behind me, its touch is cold upon my skin and fills me with terror. My will fails and I fall into the mirror, my final scream frozen in glass.

I gaze at my reflection and admire my new face, I think I’ll wear it for a while.

Whether you're already a fan of drabbles, or discovering them for a first time the festival welcomes you. Some of the finest drabblists are taking part and there will be amazing stories from a variety of genres to discover.

You can join the festival here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/37560...

The calendar of events is coming together nicely with some well known names in drabbles. You can see the list of events here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you'd like to host an event then let me know!


message 10: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles kicks off its celebration of stories told in exactly 100 words in just over a week's time. If you're not signed up for the event yet then you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/37560...

The countdown means that you only have this week to enter your drabble into the festival's drabble competition. There are two prizes on offer: £30 Amazon or PayPal prize and four voters will also be randomly selected to win £10 Amazon gift cards for participating. One winner will be picked by me and the other by public vote.

There's no fee to enter the competition and you can submit your drabble here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Remember that your drabble must be exactly 100 words!


message 11: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 76 comments :)


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) There's only a couple of days until we start the Festival of Drabbles 2015 and I'm really looking forward to it. One of my planned features is a list of books containing drabbles. You can see the books I have listed so far here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you know of a book that needs adding then post it below and I'll take a look!


message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) A reminder that today is the last day to enter the Festival of Drabbles 2015 Drabble contest. Write a story of exactly 100 words - not including the title - and enter it here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles 2015 is starting a little early with an opening post from one of the first people to ever write a drabble:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 15: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The entries for The Festival of Drabbles 2015 have been posted here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Have a read of some fine drabbles and then vote for your favourite in the comments section!


message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) My apologies for the initial poor organisation of the drabble competition voting for the Festival of Drabbles 2015. I have now added a poll to the blog in the right panel where you can choose your favourite drabble. All the drabbles can still be found here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you wish to be entered into the voters draw to win one of four £10 Amazon gift card vouchers then leave a comment on that page.


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) In my latest post for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 I highlight some of the many fine drabble themed books that are available - check them out here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 18: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) For today's Festival of Drabbles 2015 post I look at some of my favourite drabbles that I've written:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

You can keep up to date with the latest in the festival here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/37560...

There's some excellent drabbles to enjoy there!


message 19: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) For today's post as part of the Festival of Drabbles 2015 I provide a few pointers in the art of writing drabbles:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 20: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've picked the winning drabble for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 Drabble Contest. With so many fantastic entries it wasn't easy to pick the winner and you can see who won here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's still a few hours left to vote for the People's Choice winner, who will be announced tomorrow. Make sure to leave a comment on the entries page to be in with a chance to win a £10 Amazon gift card:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 21: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The People's Choice winner for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 has been announced:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Thanks to everyone for taking part in the Festival - I've had a great week!


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