This post is super delayed, but I definitely wanted to take a moment to jot down my thoughts about the latest story I’ve had published. It’s called “Carapace” and you can check it out right now at Ray Gun Revival.
This story actually started as a very brief flash piece. I think I wrote it for a 100-word flash competition but I can’t remember when or what for. Needless to say, I didn’t win. The story sat on my hard drive for several months until I revisited it and decided to expand it. A whole world came out in the revision and I was pretty pleased with the result. I got excellent feedback from beta readers too, including Lydia S. Gray.
It’s super pulpy and not very much like other things I write, but that may be why it was so fun. I hope you enjoy it!
After coming across a conversation on Twitter between Alex Shvartsman, Ken Liu, and several other writers, I thought I’d give this one sentence story thing a try. Check out #1ss on Twitter to keep tabs on the fun. And be sure to check out all the other entries listed on Alex’s blog. Here’s my entry. It’s about 317 words:
I’m writing you a letter on an old note card because I know you’ll find it amongst all the papers on your desk where you sit and crunch numbers hour after hour (so studious you are, so dedicated) and you’ve left me no choice after you never called me that night after the mathematics conference where you said my eyes were like infinity and my smile, a million prime numbers lined up in a row (I waited for days and days for your call, staring at my cell phone, willing it to ring, but your name never came across the display), but you never called and I’m left scribbling this on a piece of yellowed filing card, the kind you use for quick calculations or jotting down fleeting ideas or like the kind you place in that tiny box you keep in the third drawer on the left under the ledgers and shoebox filled with pencils—the box where you stashed the ring fingers of your dead ex-wife and the three dead girlfriends you had at the same time as her (because one just wasn’t enough, it never is) and four note cards with their names and the dates you killed them, along with a scrap of parchment that says, “Bernice, 32″—because you’ve left me with no other options and knowing you have my name in a box with women’s severed fingers has piqued my interest—I hope you’ll forgive me breaking in while you sleep—so I beg of you, call me, text me, write me, or come to my place (you know where I live, don’t you?) and let me tell you how your eyes are like two plus two equals four and how your smile is like pi calculated out to a thousand places and let me show you the container I keep under my bed—I think we have something in common.
This was fun! I had no idea where it was going when I started it, but something began to take shape about halfway through. Did some fiddling around with the beginning and it’s done, just in time.
I’ve slacked off on the blog this week, my apologies. But I did find some interesting things in the meantime that I wanted to share. Hope you enjoy!
Blog Posts of Note
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is by John Scalzi – An interesting post over at Whatever that pokes privilege with a pointy stick.
#The50 Things Every Creative Should Know by Jamie Wieck – Found this thanks to @freshnsteezy. Though it relates mostly to visual art, I found myself nodding at each point because creativity is creativity, regardless of your chosen medium.
When Publishing Goes Wrong…Starring Undead Press by Mandy DeGeit – Wow. Just wow. It’s hard to believe people can be this crazypants, but apparently they can. A reminder to us all: be careful about the markets you submit to.
“The Tome of Tourmaline” by Ken Liu
“Ravages of Time” by Alex Shvartsman
Other Interesting Stuff
Interview with Chuck Wendig at The Contextual Life – I love his writing style on Terrible Minds and have added Blackbirds to my to-read list.
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast: Episode 60: Brian Greene – Lovingly referred to as the “string theory guy” in our house, Greene delves into all sorts of mind blowing topics, like the notion that our universe and everything in it may be a hologram of sorts.
Did you find anything cool this week? Share it in the comments!
I’m seriously late posting this here, but better late than never, right?
Over at Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi, two new stories are up for the month of April. It’s quite different than Issue 1 and contains stories that span the gamut of fiction from fairytale to post-apocalyptic. The table of contents includes:
“The Lady With An Ax” by Kurt Newton.
“Clank-Clank Nanny” by Jaym Gates
Head on over there to read the stories and leave a comment if you haven’t already. I’m sure the authors would appreciate it!