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Phil Noto is great:

I started writing "A Cold Slope Incident" today. Have you ever had an overwhelming sense that a past wrong, or some childish cruelty, you'd committed - that you might not even remember - is going to reveal itself to everyone some day and whatever you've built will be destroyed? And then when you're left standing in the wreckage, you find out how small you always were.

That's what this is about.


Notes on punishment

So after a very satisfying first novel draft, what does a tiny scrum like me do to unwind from the constant weave and buckle of making a super long story? Make much shorter stories.



Below the jump I've posted an early draft of a science fiction story called "Machines". It's in the same setting as the novel I just finished. The scope and locale is vastly different, giving us a snapshot of the men who keep the world clean after the end.

This is one of eleven (11) stories I plan to collect someday in my first short story collection. Enjoy, and if you want, let me know what you think!

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Here's the plan. I'm going to share a story a week here in the dark-outlined-with-white-center abyss. In the interim I post links to interesting things and my friends stuff and muse randomly.

I read this editorial yesterday from a small publisher and I found myself smiling a lot and saying "Yes that's it":

Editorial: Yuugen Goes Without Saying, by Quentin S. Crisp

Makes me want to read the books this guy writes/publishes.

So I'm off to submit some weird fiction short stories. Be back later with one I didn't!