Well, I am 235 words into my entry for the August 2017 flash fiction contest. I have chosen a humorous take on the near future and the rapid growth of technology. I don’t want to give away too much yet because I am still setting up the punch line. Also, the actual thematic part of the plot may be only a third of the story, which means I will have to try extending the story with relevant setup material and dialogue. I have a bad habit of focusing on the meat of the story and struggling to give the world and characters a life of their own. Many of the short stories in my “Mystics and Misfits” collection are expansions of such tales.