When Facebook crashed for 14 hours, 911 was inundated with calls from millions of panic-stricken people. This was an emergency on an unprecedented, incomprehensible scale.
Their lives came to a complete, instant standstill. All they lived for had been taken away from them.
Thank God I am not a screenager.
Other stories by Barry O’Farrell
appear in Cyclamens & Swords, A Story In 100 Words and of course here at 50 Word Stories.
“I’m worried about our youngest daughter,” a concerned parent said.
“I’ve been monitoring Carrie’s online activity. In recent weeks, she’s posted dozens of photos on social media sites, and I’ve noticed she doesn’t appear in a single one of them. I think she’s suffering from low selfie esteem!”
John H. Dromey has had short fiction published in Black Denim Lit #7, Plan B Magazine, Plasma Frequency Magazine, and elsewhere.
“I’ve invited you here to discuss this planet’s future. If we’re to achieve the ideal Big Brother State effectively, we need is a camera everywhere that there is a person, and get them to proclaim what they’re doing at all times.
“Do you have any ideas? Mr. Ericsson? Mr. Zuckerberg?”
Mark plays the ukulele, rides a motorcycle, and likes monkeys. He can easily be lured into a trap with the promise of chocolate.
Want a chance to win a free prerelease copy of the Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Two ebook? You have two chances to do so!
If you’re on Facebook, head over to the Fifty-Word Stories Facebook page and press “Like” on this photo.
If you have a Google+ account, click +1 on this post.
On September 10, I will do a separate random draw on each of these sites, and one Liker and one +1er will each receive a Volume Two ebook.
Of course, if you aren’t content to leave things to chance, you can always preorder a copy today.
There’s a valley in the mountains
where the blue grass grows,
where the blue wind blows,
where the blue sky glows.
There’s a shepherd in the valley
searching wide and deep
for his lost blue sheep;
never stops for sleep.
There’s a valley in the mountains,
bluest place I’ve seen.
This story is based on a title suggested by Larissa via Facebook.
“Pick a pig,” said the farmer. “Oh, Pig 3’s half price.”
Suzanna surveyed the oinking, grunting shapes wallowing in the sty. “Are you sure they’re all actually pigs?”
“‘Course I’m sure. I ain’t no swindler!”
“I only ask,” said Suzanna, “because Pig 3 looks like a stump with a tape recorder.”
This story is based on a title suggested by Michelle Sevenhuysen via Facebook.
If you don’t yet have a copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One in print, how would you like a chance to win one?
On Monday, June 13, I will draw one name from a hat to win a print copy of Volume One.
How do you get your name in the hat? There are three “fronts” to the contest, and each can get you one entry. (That’s a maximum of three entries per person, for all you Math majors.)
First, you can share a link to FiftyWordStories.com on Twitter, making sure to include the hashtag #50wordstories.
Second, you can Like my new Page on Facebook.
Third, you can join in the discussion about the short story Saucer from my recent short fiction collection, Living and Dying. Everyone who comments on this blog post will receive an entry. If you haven’t read Saucer yet, get the collection here!
Good luck, everyone!
Note: If the winner lives outside of North America, they’ll have to cover the difference between the North American and outside-of-North-America shipping.
I’ve been tinkering with various elements of the site over the past week or so, as you may have noticed. A few new social media tools are available on the site, so you can more conveniently tweet your favourite stories or share them on Facebook or StumbleUpon. The more you share, Like, tweet, or comment on stories, the more other people will take notice, so I really appreciate it.
I’ve also created an official Fifty-Word Stories fan page on Facebook, so you can get site updates and participate in calls for story prompts or any future contests in more ways. Head over and “Like” the page to get the updates and share the site with your friends.
Finally, I created a Top Stories page that lists the 50 highest rated stories that have ever been posted on the site. The tab in the sidebar only shows 10 stories, and only includes stories written in the past year, so I figured this would be a good chance to expose readers to popular stories from before they found the site. I hope you enjoy this feature and work to get your favourite stories voted up the list!
FiftyWordStories.com is diving further into Web 2.0!
I’ve added some new functionality to the site, so that readers can now post comments using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, and can “Like” posts using their Facebook profiles, as well. Hopefully this will make it easier for people to get involved with the site and share it with friends.
Let me know what you think of the new features and functions in a comment.