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The Advent Calendar

18th Nov, 2009

Author: Peter Tennant

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With the festive season fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to do a little something different with this shiny new website of ours, and as I seem to be fresh out of new ideas I've decided to recycle an old one.

A few years back on the Whispers of Wickedness website, alas no more, we marked the month of December with an Advent Calendar. Each day, from the 1st through to the 25th, a new story would be posted to the website's Forums, either something written especially for the occasion or an old story given a second bite of the cherry, with a motley crew of writers and readers taking part, commenting on the stories and generally having a good time.

I'm wondering if we could attempt something similar this December for the TTA website.

I don't envisage posting actual stories here, but each day I can do a link to a story on another website, and another link to a dedicated thread on Interaction where, hopefully, people will be motivated to discuss the stories and provide feedback to any authors who happen to pass through.

I can also make these posts 'global', so people who only look at the Interzone and Crimewave sections of the site get to join in the fun (whether they want to or not).

 Criteria for linking to stories:-

  • The story must be flash fiction, which for the purposes of this exercise I shall define as under 1,000 words
  • The story must be H/SF/F/Crime (ish), cause those are the things we publish, and though not necessarily Christmas themed, that would be a definite plus
  • The story must be viewable online, without having to download or access any password restricted area
  • Yes, I will link to poetry as well, so the verse mongers needn't feel excluded
  • Priority will be given to writers who have had work appear in any of TTA's publications, though if I don't find enough of those online second priority will be given to regular posters on Interaction and after that any old Tom, Dick or Stephen King will be considered eligible

I can, of course, feed TTA contributors' names into google and come up with links that way, but it would make my life a lot easier if people told me about stuff themselves (not necessarily their own stuff - you could be altruistic and let me know about somebody else's work if so inclined).

If you're interested in taking part in this, then please send an email to with 'Advent Calendar' in the Subject line. In the body of the email, show a link to your story and also to any personal website, blog, or book you're trying to flog (scratch my back, and... it probably means I have fleas). Sorry, but I won't have time to reply to these emails. I will however, note whose work is appearing and on what day on the dedicated thread on Interaction (link below), so keep watching that, and if you don't see your name appear then assume you didn't make the cut. It's first come, first linked to, subject to the above proviso about priority being given to TTA old boys and girls, and I won't be reading the stories ahead of time or making any decisions based on quality. This is strictly for fun.

Okay, the ball is in your court, so people don't disappoint me, because if you do then you won't be getting a Christmas card next year (you probably won't this year either, but that'll be down to general forgetfulness or indifference on my part, whereas next year I'll definitely be snubbing you).


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