I’ve been remiss in posting about my new stories on my website, of which there are three. You can find all of them in the Stories section (just below the Blogs). The stress of our current state of affairs is wearing on me. I’ve also been focused more on getting my new business site up and running instead of writing, which is both good and bad. I’ll try to keep you all post on that as things progress.
The new stories include “Contingency Plan,” which I posted on May 3. It’s speculative fiction, about a young person eight years hence. I consider it dystopian near‐future. Like most of my stories, it offers just a little hope.
The flash fiction “If There’s Bunnies” popped out one morning a few weeks ago when my next‐door neighbor texted me to say, “Look out in the parking strip—there’s bunnies!” to which I replied, “If there’s bunnies, the coyotes won’t be far behind.” A lot of my recent fiction has been in the first person, present tense, as is this one. The voice is of a ten‐year‐old, dealing with quarantine and a sick parent. It was posted May 10th.
On May 19th, I posted “Fed Up.” This feels like a follow up story to “The Test”—like I’m channeling the same vampire. It’s interesting writing in the first person. I haven’t yet figured out how to let the reader know much about the protagonist. In this case, I feel it’s a male voice, of indeterminate—but adult—age. Let me know how you perceive this. I like this character, a lot, and hope he shares more stories with me.
Even though I kinda promised a story a week, it’s been tough keeping up that pace. I have dived into Wolf Dream stories—to either fill in back stories, flesh out future stories (so I know what to include in the “current” stories), and work on a prologue for “Tishta,” which is still in revision. I’m reluctant to share those here, since I don’t yet know what their futures hold or if their truth will change. I did begin a new story based on the prompt, “we need to look for the the little bright things, like the shiny gifts crows give us,” using the same voice as “The Test” and “Fed Up.” It’s been hard to find the flow. I’d like to write a more hopeful story. My vampire is still hungry, that is certain, I’m just not sure where this story will lead. And, with the world crashing down around us, it’s difficult to focus.
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