Day 5. Friday. Over/Not-Over :-)

Aug 5, 2021

Incredible... but true: it's Friday! I hope you have had a good week so far (I have had such a great time!) – and what you do today very much depends on the path you've followed: you might be reading other people's stories today, revising your own stories, writing, making plans... mostly, I hope you can take some time today to reflect on what you might do with microfiction going forward. The week is over, but I hope your microfiction adventures are just beginning!
I'm still waiting to hear from Sean about whether our Yellowdig space will be open next week; I'm assuming it will be, and I'm definitely available to continue this writing adventure together: both in creating a book together (more on that below), and also for people whose calendars got crushed this week and would like to jump in and do some work together next week. That all sounds good to me! There will be a blog post tomorrow with more information about future possibilities and collaborations. Chime in here if you have ideas: question for everyone.

Microfiction Manual. The focus today is on Chapter 9, which is about revising your stories, and then Chapter 10, which is about looking forward to what you might want to do with microfiction in the future. Some of you may be exploring earlier activities too, so here are the links to Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4. In the asynch world of online DPL, you can jump in anywhere/anytime.
Revision Reminder: If you do a major revision of a story, post that as a NEW post in Yellowdig so that you can get comments on the new version!

Yellowdig story-finding. If you do have time to read other people's stories today (I hope you will: there are so many wonderful stories in there!), you can do that with the randomizer (that's a good way to find stories that have fewer comments so far), and you can use the portfolio hashtag links in people's posts, plus you can also use the "My Content" filter option to review your own posts and posts you commented on, catching up on comments and replies you might have missed.

screenshot of My Content filter option in Yellowdig

Collaborative writing. I didn't set up a new doodle for today because I was hoping people might go in and tinker with the earlier doodles, adding yet more to the stories you find there now: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday... and if you have been doodling there all week, maybe you will try making a word-doodle of your own. Doodling is a great way to break through writer's block, working on just one sentence, pushing and pulling at that sentence to make it as long as you can.

Making our own book. As you saw, the Microfiction Manual was made possible by stories from the anthologies my students created, and even though we've just had a week together, I'm hoping you will want to create an anthology too! I've written a blog post about that: Maybe a book...? You might have some stories already that you want to contribute, or maybe you will be inspired to write something next week; I was thinking August 15 as closing date for contributions would give people time next week to do some writing, while still allowing me time to finish the book in August. Chime in with your thoughts at this post: Thoughts about doing a book. If you know people in other tracks, please extend this invitation to them also: this can be a DPL anthology across all the tracks. With microfiction, there's room for all!

And I'll close this post by singing the praises of Pressbooks: I am a huge fan! That's what I used to publish the anthologies from Fall and Spring semester last year, and it worked great. Highly recommended!

screenshot of Pressbooks homepage

Banner image: Pxhere.

Laura Gibbs

I (she/her) recently retired from teaching online courses in folklore & mythology at Univ. of Oklahoma. I'm always a fox on social media, in honor of Aesop's foxes, and I'm a fan of ALL animal fables.

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