The main side effect of the Penny Arcade bump for Ommatidia has been a notification avalanche–via email or Technorati–of other people who have started (or were already doing) tiny story blogs in a similar vein. I think this is awesome, but honestly I lose track of which site is which, and even I can only read so much blink fiction in a day.
So here’s an offer: if you’re doing tiny stories on some sort of schedule, email me with a link and a little summary and I’ll add you to this directory page. I am not promising to be a subscriber to all of them, for the aforementioned reasons, but I will go through once a month to check them all, maybe make a recommendation, and clean out the dead ones.
The following list is ordered according to a furtive and arcane system that I’m not telling you how it works.
- The Fabian Society by Andrew Cole
- Minor Delays by Holly Gramazio
A very short story about every stop on the London Underground, in alphabetical order. Sometimes historical, sometimes whimsical, often deliciously dark and always worth reading.
- The Two Minutes Project by Greg Carere and Max Woghiren
Comprising Greg’s daily drabble blog and Max’s thrice-weekly song engine, neither of which is about to tell you exactly what they were up to last night, although they’re not hiding the bruises either.
- Stories tagged “101 words” by the members of Open Salon
Somyr Perry, a person of fine taste and character, plugged Ommatidia for her friends at Open Salon and framed it as a challenge. The idea spread as fast as one of those things that spread very fast on the Internet!
- Attention Deficit Fiction by Danny Fast, Pieter Van Tatenhove and Tyson Wright
Three times the word-length! Three times the authors! THREE TIMES THE POWER!
- Brief Conceits by Eric Hamilton
Eric mixes 101-word stories with cartoons and one-sentence story collections on his blog. And he’s better at the I-before-E thing than I am.
- Static Digits by Daniel Jones
Stories from the devil’s workshop. But you were always curious about what he was doing in there anyway, weren’t you?
- Hyperlink Your Heart by Kevin Houlihan
Short science fiction from the present day to the post-singularity.
- Daily Anxiety by Joe McDaldno
Okay, this is a daily poetry site, not prose fiction. But there are hints of an overarching narrative, and also I had to link to this because Joe is the only man I’ve ever kissed.
- The Dolby Apposition by Ryan Vance
My God, man, engaging the Dolby Apposition? Do you realize what you’re asking? Did you even consider that it could kill us all?
- 21 Seconds by Josh Grohman
Josh has come up with an interesting mechanism of restricting his stories to five sentences; that means that he can keep them around the same length as mine, but with an emergency escape hatch–clause insertion–when he needs one (and he’s one of those hip young Tumblr-using kids who make me feel old [I've been doing this a long time now, man]).
- Profane Tmesis by Peter Bloem
Peter tell you what his blog name means could, but not going to he is.
- Here Be Wonder by C. Norman
Things I think the C might stand for: Choice, Champion, Chiaroscuro, Chillelagh, Cestina, Cpider-Man. (It’s not actually any of these! It’s Cellmate)
- 512 Words or Fewer by Curtis C. Chen
Not only does Curtis have excellent taste in music, he get so many points for correctly using “fewer” rather than “less.” So many points! Knowing the right words for things is such a FUCKING BURDEN