Sunday, I presented a new story at The Encyclopedia Show in Minneapolis. The theme of the show as Pirates.
Since I’ve been writing short fiction, my typical focus for these shows is to put together a short story. Initially, I’d been thinking about a time travel story involving Blackbeard. But then I decided I’d write about something I knew a little better.
I also drew a tiny bit from a story some friends told me about this attraction. I’m afraid there are no Jungle Book skippers in this one. Literally five people will get that reference so I left it out.
For those who read my stories, thanks! I’m going to try to work back up to once per week (from once per month)!
I wrote a piece for the Encyclopedia show this weekend. The topic was marsupials and originally, I’d planned on writing some mad libs because last week was a crazy week and mad libs are funny and easy to write. Also, audience participation is awesome!
So as I was doing research for my Mad Libs, I discovered marsupial tree frogs, which are a real thing. Zoologically speaking, they aren’t “true” marsupials for a whole lot of reasons that are not the least bit interesting or relevant here.
But having discovered the marsupial tree frog and being fairly certain I would be the only presenter at the show who talked about them (I was right), I decided to scrap my original, easy, idea and instead write a short story about all about a Andean Marsupial Tree Frog named Chloe. And zombies.
And so I did. And here it is. My inspiration was true life nature documentaries. And Andean Marsupial Tree Frogs
I hope you like it!
This week’s story is a very brief little horror piece. In a rare occurrence, the entire narrative came to me all at once. I knew the beginning, middle, and end. Often, I know only the end or the beginning when I start writing.
When I think about horror, sometimes what I’m looking for is an object that isn’t particularly dangerous but has a hidden feature that makes it dangerous. In this story, I picked something that often ignite people’s imaginations but aren’t inherently dangerous outside of your own fears.
Then I asked myself “what if there was a really good reason to be afraid?”
As always, I hope you enjoy and please comment and share if you are so inclined!
I had some writer’s block slowing my writing for a few weeks. I was working on this one and just didn’t really know where it was going. I forced myself to push on and just figure it out.
About halfway through, I had an “a-ha” moment where I finally realized what I was writing. Then I had to go back and make some massive changes on the opening. Eventually, I came up with this.
I can’t deny there is more to this story. I expect a lot of readers are going to have questions and I do have answers to a lot of them. I left a lot of stuff intentionally vague because I think it is more interesting if the reader comes up with their own ideas about certain parts of the story.
If you do read any of my writing – thanks! I’m always interested in your feedback and thoughts about my writing.
I’m still writing horror stories for October. I read this one at The Not-So-Silent-Planet open mic last night. After reading it, I decided to tweak it a little bit more before posting.
I don’t know if other writers do this, but I find reading my writing out loud has a huge impact on my response to the story. I catch things that I don’t notice when I’m just reviewing it on the page. Perhaps it is because I’m a playwright.
The story here is very dark. I mean, that’s not such a surprise since it is supposed to be horror. I think it’s a bit more nihilistic than some of my other work in this genre, though.
As always, thanks for taking time time to read my stories. Please share, comment, or simply enjoy!
I’ve been participating in an open mic night since January and one of the requirements is stories that are about 5-7 minutes in length. That translates to about 3-4 typed pages. At least once a month, that means I’m trying to write a very compact story around 1000 – 1500 words in length.
It’s a different kind of challenge. A lot of the time, I’m working with suggestion and ambiguity because I don’t have a lot of time to fully realize a world. The goal is to create the feeling there is more on the edges of the story and to give the reader/listener the opportunity to fill in some of those edges for themselves.
I feel like this would make a good series of comics. At least the ending seems to lead to something that could, I think, be explored in a more visual format.
As always, please feel free to share, comment, and give advice. Thanks for reading!
I was working on private piece last week so I didn’t have a chance to post a public story. I know not too many people read my fiction but if you are one of those folks, I’m sorry to have missed you last week.
I’m still playing around with horror and ghost stories this week. I’ve always been fascinated with ghosts. I think the idea of a place that somehow holds on to people is fascinating. What binds them there?
So this week features a dialogue heavy story about a young man trying to beat a haunted house. If there was such a thing as a haunted house, I’m not sure if you could ever beat it.
As always, please feel free to comment, share, tell me you hate it, or ignore this story completely!