So maybe I’ve been out of the writing vernacular world for too long, but I finally got fed up with seeing ambiguous comments about “flash fiction.” What tipped me over the edge was a response to the question, “What do you write?” and the response was “flash fiction.” That tells me nothing. What KIND of fiction does the person write? So I looked up what flash fiction actually is. Still got a lot of ambiguity, but the best I can deduce is the term is simply meant to identify really short stories – no particular kind of fiction, simply a word-limit. 300 – 1000 words seems to be the agreed-upon length. I wonder what they call 300 – 1000 of ranting on a soapbox, or not-so-fiction social commentaries? Probably just “ranting on a soapbox” and “social commentaries.” That just doesn’t sound as cool!