Brunch at the Fiction Buffet is creating Short Stories & even shorter essays
5

patrons

$7
per be paid per conversation/discussion
Creativity doesn’t always want to fit into neat little boxes. It often wants to take those little boxes and attach balloons to them, or use them for a diorama, or cover them and everything around in paint - or, or, or. Compounding this is that many creative people are creative in more than one way. Sometimes that’s quilting and photography, or painting and acting, or writing both horror and romance stories because that’s what the muse brought you this year.

What we want to do is explore those options - write what comes, revise and polish it until it’s as great as we can make it, and then get it to an audience.

And we want to do that for less than the price of a latte.

Every four to six weeks, patrons can expect a story ranging from horror to romance to fantasy, or possibly mystery, or hard-to-describe contemporary fiction. 

In between stories, free 'snacks' will be served.  Some of the most popular snacks are the results of yet another flash fiction bender.  Sometimes, the snack will be Grumpy Granny's Grammar Grumbles, which purports to answer the grammar questions you didn't know you had and possibly don't care about.

We'll also post from time to time on Facebook with updates, questions, challenges, and more.

Meet the cooks: Jenny Andersen is the author of nine novels in the genres of romance and women's fiction.  You can find her online here.  She won second place in the Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers Flash Fiction Bump In The Night Short Story Contest in 2012.  A story of hers will be in The Loft's (Dis)Ability Short Story Anthology, and another story will be published in an upcoming issue of  Darkrun Review. [Update:  Well, Darkrun Review seems to have gone belly up, as did Flashes in the Dark.  Is it something I said?  Wrote?   No, they never published it.  I'll work on flogging it elsewhere.  Wish me luck.]

Rachel Unger is far more productive where short stories are concerned.  Her work has been published in Digitally DisturbedCoffin Bell (issue 1.4, Immortals)The Pale LeavesPolar Borealis (issue 6)Unfading Daydream (issue 4)Devilfish ReviewBroadswords and Blasters, Disturbed Digestlit.cat, and the sadly defunct Flashes In The Dark.  She also has a story in the City in the Ice anthology from Alban Lake Publishing.

Hungry for more? Follow Fiction Buffet on  Facebook!  
Tiers
Readers, We Love You!
$1 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 3 patrons
Every four to six weeks there will be a new story just for our patrons.
So You Want To Be In The Story....
$3 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 1 patron
In addition to the story, if you pledge $3, you get to name a character in the next story we write (not necessarily the next one posted...these things take time).
We don't guarantee survivability.  (You'll be fine, the character...not so much.  Maybe.)
Go Ahead, Give Us An Idea
$5 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 0 of 6 patrons
In addition to tiers 1 and 2, for $5 per story we invite you to send us a prompt once a year and we'll base a story on it.  Prompts should be up to 25 words.  For instance: a scientist learns to clone dinosaurs and wants to make money from the discovery would be a prompt for Jurassic Park.  (We should be so lucky.  And talented.)

OR

Send us a list of up to ten questions you've always wanted to ask a writer and we'll do our best to answer them (with a minimum of snark).
You Are The Wind Beneath The Postal Service's Wings
$10 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 0 patrons
For $10 per story, in addition to tiers 1 and 2, you will be personally mailed a physical copy of the story, hand-stapled and with cover art. You can also send us a list of up to 10 questions that we will try to answer with a minimum of snark.
Goals
$7 of $50 per be paid per conversation/discussion
Remember, there are two of us sharing the money.
Rachel: Fancy notebook!  Oh, you wanted me to be serious?
Jenny:  I'd be able to be a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, which would motivate me to write that mystery novel that's lurking around the fringes of my mind.
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Creativity doesn’t always want to fit into neat little boxes. It often wants to take those little boxes and attach balloons to them, or use them for a diorama, or cover them and everything around in paint - or, or, or. Compounding this is that many creative people are creative in more than one way. Sometimes that’s quilting and photography, or painting and acting, or writing both horror and romance stories because that’s what the muse brought you this year.

What we want to do is explore those options - write what comes, revise and polish it until it’s as great as we can make it, and then get it to an audience.

And we want to do that for less than the price of a latte.

Every four to six weeks, patrons can expect a story ranging from horror to romance to fantasy, or possibly mystery, or hard-to-describe contemporary fiction. 

In between stories, free 'snacks' will be served.  Some of the most popular snacks are the results of yet another flash fiction bender.  Sometimes, the snack will be Grumpy Granny's Grammar Grumbles, which purports to answer the grammar questions you didn't know you had and possibly don't care about.

We'll also post from time to time on Facebook with updates, questions, challenges, and more.

Meet the cooks: Jenny Andersen is the author of nine novels in the genres of romance and women's fiction.  You can find her online here.  She won second place in the Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers Flash Fiction Bump In The Night Short Story Contest in 2012.  A story of hers will be in The Loft's (Dis)Ability Short Story Anthology, and another story will be published in an upcoming issue of  Darkrun Review. [Update:  Well, Darkrun Review seems to have gone belly up, as did Flashes in the Dark.  Is it something I said?  Wrote?   No, they never published it.  I'll work on flogging it elsewhere.  Wish me luck.]

Rachel Unger is far more productive where short stories are concerned.  Her work has been published in Digitally DisturbedCoffin Bell (issue 1.4, Immortals)The Pale LeavesPolar Borealis (issue 6)Unfading Daydream (issue 4)Devilfish ReviewBroadswords and Blasters, Disturbed Digestlit.cat, and the sadly defunct Flashes In The Dark.  She also has a story in the City in the Ice anthology from Alban Lake Publishing.

Hungry for more? Follow Fiction Buffet on  Facebook!  

Recent posts by Brunch at the Fiction Buffet

Tiers
Readers, We Love You!
$1 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 3 patrons
Every four to six weeks there will be a new story just for our patrons.
So You Want To Be In The Story....
$3 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 1 patron
In addition to the story, if you pledge $3, you get to name a character in the next story we write (not necessarily the next one posted...these things take time).
We don't guarantee survivability.  (You'll be fine, the character...not so much.  Maybe.)
Go Ahead, Give Us An Idea
$5 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 0 of 6 patrons
In addition to tiers 1 and 2, for $5 per story we invite you to send us a prompt once a year and we'll base a story on it.  Prompts should be up to 25 words.  For instance: a scientist learns to clone dinosaurs and wants to make money from the discovery would be a prompt for Jurassic Park.  (We should be so lucky.  And talented.)

OR

Send us a list of up to ten questions you've always wanted to ask a writer and we'll do our best to answer them (with a minimum of snark).
You Are The Wind Beneath The Postal Service's Wings
$10 or more per be paid per conversation/discussion 0 patrons
For $10 per story, in addition to tiers 1 and 2, you will be personally mailed a physical copy of the story, hand-stapled and with cover art. You can also send us a list of up to 10 questions that we will try to answer with a minimum of snark.