So, on a whim, I declared it International Short Story Month, and decided I would try my hand at short story writing. With the month coming to a close, I have to say it has been an adventure. It has actually been harder to write this collection than it was to write any of my first 4 books. Fortunately, the sun is beginning to set on the Month.
Short stories bring with them both freedom and challenges. On one hand, given the brevity, the idea of plotting becomes silly. Unless you are going to drag it to the length of a novella, there is hardly space for three acts, which seems to be a prerequisite before plotting is a worthwhile endeavor. My short stories pretty much spawn from an idea, and little else. In most cases, I figure out where the story is going as I write. Not surprisingly, those stories where I did have a specific ending in mind have turned out to be the hardest to write.
Regardless, it has been a fun and challenging month. Today, I interrupted a short story I was writing in order to write a different short story. The hardest part of the month has been coming up with ideas. However, this last story popped into my head as a result of an old news article I read. I think I like it more than anything I’ve ever written.
My current plan is to tighten these up, and then release them in a short story collection titled The Juice and Other Stories. My ex and favorite model has graciously allowed me to use a photo of her for my cover art. It was “… and Other Lies,” but I’m afraid folks will have no idea what I mean. I plan to release it as a free collection on my imprint, Panthera Press.
For anyone interested, here’s what I churned out so far:
- “Remembering“ – a displaced people are lead to their new homes, and surprises
- “Crazy Magnet“ – a government security consultant, with a penchant for attracting women with mental health problems, interviews a potential government operative, and begins to think, perhaps, he is the crazy one
- “The Juice“ – a woman with an addiction like few others, tries to survive on the streets
- “Reggie and Rocky vs. Space Monsters from Beneath the Bed“ - two small children travel into a dream to find the source of a three-year-old’s nightmares
- “Mrs. What’s-Her-Name“ – an amnesiac tries to come to grips with her lost memories and repair her fractured life
- “From the Black, the Blues“ – (previously published in the Literary Underground’s short story collection, Time) – a scientist at the Antarctic’s South Pole station learns that time is not always constant
- “A Brief History of the 21st Century – by Dr. Trint Sandahl“ – A lead character of my upcoming Science Fiction novel, Hard as Roxx, details the major events of the preceding 100 years, collectively known as the Great Apocalypse.
- “He Aint’ Heavy“ – twin brothers – one a perfect kid, the other decidedly not – find their lives headed in surprising directions
The stories comprise a number of genres: Sci Fi, Suspense, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Dream Fantasy (my core genre), Horror, and Inspirational. I hope you check them out when I’m done. I have a few more to write, including my favorite title, “Fool O’Clock,” the story of a man with an unfortunate job.
By the way, Discovery and Awakening at both available in paperback form, for those who like tree books. (Like me.) They retail for $14.95 each. Info is on the “My Books” page. I can ship signed copies purchased through Paypal, if you contact me for details. Panthera Press in business