You know how I've been working on short stories lately? Well, there's some really good reasons why I've been doing that.
First, it pays faster. You can write, polish, and sell far more short stories in a year than novels when you still need a day job.
and secondly, because I've decided I really, really like short stories.
You can play with concepts and ideas in short stories much more quickly than in a novel, and there's no formulas you're worried about breaking. You don't need a happy ending, you don't need sub-plots, you don't need to tie up loose ends, you just need to tell a really interesting story that can be read on a lunch break. And if you do it right, you'll leave them thinking about that story all day...
That's what happened to me with today's Daily Science Fiction titled: "His Brother was an Only Child." By Ron Ferguson, it's the story of a man put into Cryogenic freezing until society has a cure for his terminal cancer. When he wakes up, however, he begins to wonder just how long he's been asleep. It's a great story, and if you're not getting "Daily Science Fiction," I suggest you go to their website and remedy that.
The thing is, there was something about this particular story that stayed with me. I'm not sure why, but it tugged at my imagination and kept me thinking all day. Before long, I found myself plotting out the concept as a novel, or at least the way I'd tell it if I were in charge of finishing the main character's story. It will have to sit on the back-burner while I finish all my other current books, but I've asked the author's permission and one day I plan to write that novel, and frankly I'm really, really excited to give it a try.
So yeah, if you haven't been reading short stories, you really should. It's a great market for writers, They're quick reads that don't take up too much of your time, and they're really like fertilizer for your brain, giving you tasty tidbits to think about and expand your mind with.
In other news, I got an audition today for a Greek theater place. They asked me to jump around crazily while reciting Shakespeare and scream out the monologue to the imaginary thousands; it was one of the best short auditions I've had in my life. So, between that and the interview coming up on Friday for a job teaching ballroom dance, I'm feeling pretty good about my work this week. This trip to New York has been fun, but I'm really looking forward to actually earning money while I'm here. At least until I start getting paid for my writing, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you all in print,