The idea of starting over always has an appeal—the chance to forget past mistakes, to reinvent ourselves. But is it really possible?
I think that’s what this story’s about. It came pretty quickly—only had the idea last Monday, wrote the first draft in about half an hour, and the structure hardly changed from then, just a few edits to tidy it up.
The story’s called A New Life, and you can read it here.
One thing I love about writing short stories is the challenge of trying new ideas. My latest story came about through such a challenge.
One of the many podcasts I listen to is Writing Excuses, and a recent episode was all about food in stories. It seemed to focus on the way food could be used to highlight culture and character, but it got me thinking. I wondered if I could write a story where food was actually important—vital, even—to the story itself.
The result is Food For Thought, which you can read here. And, as always, I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Something a little more positive this time. Much as I enjoy reading and writing short stories with dark twists at the end, it’s good to have a balance.
So if you want a five-minute read that isn’t depressing, and might even contain a bit of hope, try Worth Fighting For.
And if you’d prefer something darker, try one of my other short stories—the complete list of links can be found here.
Don’t want to wait until the dark nights of winter for a spot of horror? I’ve got just the thing for you—a new short story called Nightmare Park, free to read here. Hope you enjoy it. As usual, I’d love to hear what you think—just leave a comment after the story.
And if you want more short stories, the full list can be found here.
Like There’s Always A Choice, the short story I put out a few weeks ago, this new story began life as part of a novel. In this case, I wanted to see if I could write a kind-of sequel to my Shadows series, and while the book didn’t really work out as another Shadows book (it was too different in tone), the story has potential. But, as with many first drafts, there were unrequired scenes.
This new story (Just Doing My Job) came from one such scene. It shows Deva (who previously appeared in Stowaway) once more showing how she copes when others look down on her—and that was the problem. We already know this, and so there was no need to spend time in the novel reiterating her tough spirit. But as a short story, I think it works.
You can read Just Doing My Job here, and, as always, I’d love to know what you think.
Just under a year ago, I had a (fairly long) story, Ghost Stream, included in The Power Of Words anthology (along with other great stories by MLS Weech, Heidi Angell and Richard Drake). To tie in with the release of this, I wrote a couple of short stories. One was Rumours, and you can still read this here. The other, however, I decided not to publish. Although I liked the story, I felt the ending was too similar to parts of Ghost Story itself.
But after almost a year, it’s time for this story to appear. It’s called Do You See?, and you can read it here. And if this piques your interest, Ghost Story is still available in The Power Of Words (as ebook, paperback and audiobook)—click here for more information.
It’s often said that editing involves cutting at least ten percent of the words, and while this isn’t strictly true, may words written in a first draft never reach the final product. Sometimes, whole chapters get discarded.
That is how this new short story, There’s Always A Choice, came about. It was originally part of an early draft for Dominions V, but I decided to cut it fairly early on. I liked it too much to let it be ignored, though, so I reworked it. Maybe it’s a deleted scene from an as-yet unpublished book, or maybe it’s a short story in its own right.
You can read There’s Always A Choice here. And if you like this one, you might like to compare it to A Lesson In Death, a far earlier story focusing on Rodin. I think they mirror each other fairly well.
And, as always, I’d love to know what you think of the story.