It has come to this, short story microblogging. Authors can now vie for eye time in the smallest of increments, for those with a 140 character attention spans. Poe’s idea of producing a sort story of brevity and coherence with every unnecessary word and every extraneous statement eliminated so that it can be read in one evening has morphed into the ultimate of flash fiction, a story that can be read one line at a time, in-between the on-line burps of friendly chatter, quotes, self promotion and advertising Tweets – one day at a time.
Avid readers who relish reading a complete page (or even mulling over one paragraph at a time) can do so by Favoring a week or two’s Tweets from their favorite author and then scroll through their holdings. Twitter’s instant reply also offers a means for followers of the microblog to voice their opinions about the direction the story line has taken and to offer plot suggestions. Grist for the author to play with as the story unfolds.
All of this instructional verbiage is of course the means to introduce you to a a new entry on Twitter @mbaDevilsCave. Here you will find short story’s that adhere to Poe’s definition, revealed in bursts of 140 characters.
The lead off story “The Two Penny Guess What” introduces the reader to one of the myths of the macabre cave itself. It is written with just the words of the protagonist, leaving the reader to imagine the actions of the supporting cast.
Those who miss a @mbaDevilsCave Tweet because of other commitments can always catch up by pulling up the stories on-going post page “Within Devil’s Cave” here at www.Markbrandonallen.com for a catch-up.
The reviewer, of the microblog genre, is Andrew Fitzgerald. He is a writer, editor and Tweeter who likes to experiment with social media. As a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, Fitzgerald explores creative uses of digital storytelling on the platform and elsewhere on the web. In 2012 he helped launch the first Twitter Fiction Festival, a five-day “event” that took place completely on Twitter in an effort to bring together stories that made creative use of the platform. In his spare time Fitzgerald, who lives in New York, blogs and writes his own fiction, including the 2010 novel The Collective.