Another short story this week. I had the idea for this one ages ago, but only got round to actually writing the thing a couple of weeks ago. It came out pretty well as a first draft, but I’ve made a few changes and tightened things up a bit.
I’ve kept to my schedule of a new short story every couple of weeks for a long while now, and it’s frustrating that I’m going to have to break the habit this week. With work on a new book, and various other things, I simply haven’t got a new short ready yet. I’ve got a few things almost there, but that’s not good enough. You deserve better.
But I don’t want to leave you with nothing. So, in lieu of a new short, I’d like to offer you a download link to one of my Dominions shorts.
Ostar knows he’s nothing special. But he’s useful to the crew—not with the violence, but as a look-out. He’s never hurt anyone in his life. He simply wants to keep his head down and live without conflict.
But the crew are dying. Someone is killing them, one by one. And it is only a matter of time before they come for Ostar.
You could buy Animus on all the usual sites, but click here to download a free copy (this link will only be live for about six days). And I’ll be back with a new short story in a couple of weeks.
Sometimes, I’ll get a short section of dialogue stuck in my head, with only a vague idea where it will lead, or even who is speaking.
My latest short story, Ties Of Love, started this way. I had the first few lines, and I had a sense that not everything was as it appeared. Is was only as I wrote that I discovered the whole back-story, with the warring families and the various underhand dealings.
I’m pleased with how Ties Of Love ended up, and it’s been fun to write another story purely in dialogue. I hope you enjoy reading it—and, as always, I’m open to any comments.
You can read Ties Of Love here.
This story I originally wrote some years ago, before I wrote my first Dominions novel. I’ve improved a lot since then, so that original 5000 word story was pretty poor—sentences that I probably thought sounded good at the time, lots of superfluous information, and nowhere near as much subtlety as I imagined.
But I liked the general idea, so I reworked it—tightened the writing, made the back-story less obvious, and cut a whole section concerning a dog (an often-repeated piece of writing advice—never have a main character harming a dog. They can to whatever they want to people, but very few readers will forgive violence towards dogs).
I also shortened the title (it was originally To Serve The Community). I’m pleased with this new version.
I know Halloween’s a couple of weeks away, but I didn’t want to put this story out after the 31st, so look on it as something to help set the mood.