My primary work lately has been shaping up into a novel (more on that in blog posts to come), but sometimes I put aside that work to write something a little shorter.
Some of the stories are the product of a monthly Writer’s Throwdown on Gamers With Jobs that I feel turned out well enough to share, and others have just come tumbling out of my head because of something I’ve seen or heard somewhere in my daily life.
I tend toward odd stories, and not always about people, but about monsters and gods, too. I’m only beginning to find out what I like to write and what I might be any good at writing in terms of fiction, so things could get pretty interesting around here!
A laundromat owner watches the downfall of a once confident man whose social skills he used to envy.
This story is the product of another Gamers With Jobs writer's throw down. We had to begin with the line "S/He had something I'd always coveted" and the initial setting had to be a laundromat. Bonus words were: Dwarf, peanut butter, contretemps, embrocation, and zeitgeist. I didn't manage to find space for dwarves or peanut butter. More's the pity.
Thor, Prince of Asgard, has a hard day of lessons regarding princely behaviour and expectations.
This story is the result of another Gamers With Jobs challenge. We were asked to choose from a list of rather odd black and white photos. I chose the photo of a young boy being tucked in by a pet crow. Links to the image are at the end of the story.
An interview with the god Morpheus, Shaper of Dreams, and CEO of Oneiros Inc., on the past, present, and future of dreaming.
This story came about after viewing a photo on the blog, "Your Monkey Called". The post is entitled, "Nightmare tomato from our nightmare garden" and was published on September 8, 2012.
Albert, a poor fungus farmer, has married the daughter of the richest ogre in Surly Moon township, but he struggles to provide her with the finer things in life.
This story was a Gamers With Jobs (GWJ) writing challenge for October of 2012. The challenge was to write a story about how your average monster puts food on the table, and to work in the words 'hornswoggle', 'savoury', and 'pareidolia'. I managed the first two (and two out of three ain't bad).