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Short Stories

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This page links to my short stories, organized by year.  



  • I am encouraged that Ray Bradbury wrote one story a week and it only took him ten years to really get the hang of it.  Ray Bradbury was probably a quicker study than I am.  I am also writing one story every month.  That takes me about 15 minutes a day, on average.  I started writing in 2012.  So by my calculations, you can start reading the really good stuff in the 22nd century, at the earliest.
  • Any of the following stories may contain strong language, sexual situations, graphic violence, gross inaccuracies, obvious errors, snarkiness, robots versus kung fu, the explosive demolition of a stone golem, aliens, scary monsters, clowns, and Frank Zappa.  Some stories may not be unread.  



List of short stories written in 2014


Network Personhood


Also, you can get the full silicon valley coffee shop writing experience from this miscellaneous snippet I wrote, or read my response to someone interested in getting into programming.


List of short stories written in 2013


The Last Cell Phone


More 2013 stories to come.  I'm posting them one at a time. I spent a lot of time before/after work in coffee shops and wrote ten short stories in 2013.  


The stories all turned out to be part of the same robots vs. kung fu story.  


Of course, that encouraged me to make them into something bigger, which delayed those stories indefinitely.  


So that's my explanation for not writing more.  I now know experientially what a pit of unproductivity the "make it a novel of arbitrary sale-able length!" disease is.  In reality, I just prioritize work over writing - Having zero discipline in work-life balance is normal these days.


It's now halfway through 2014, and I've finally decided to start posting the stories I should have posted a year ago, one at a time, in the length they naturally should be.  It's better this way.  I'm happier.  I like them as short stories better than as a stupid old novel anyway.  I'm editing them before I post, so expect I'll fill this in with the 10 stories by the end of 2014, hopefully along with a bunch of other stuff I'm working on.  


You might notice that I am uploading the drawings I made while writing these stories.  If so, it will also be apparent that I can't draw.  My logic is that, since I can't write neither, that my crappy drawings are pretty much what you would expect to see. 


List of short stories written in 2012


These first 10 stories are based on ideas given to my by my friends.  They are all really rough, and all need a rewrite or two.  The ideas given to me came in various forms: usually a single word, an image, or a paragraph of text.   Below, I list a link to the story, the idea as given to me (summarized as the title in most cases), the genre I would put the story in, and the name of the friend who gave me the idea.


1  - No ideas and no long term memory - Sci-Fi (meditation on the drake equation) - for Carl and Ali


21 - Nighthawks - Horror - for Cindy


2 - Lets Roll guy not on plane - Action - for Brent

 - Snakes on a Train - Drama - for Shadow


18 - No matter what I do I look like an a**hole - Drama - for Mike and Christine


20 - Interstellar Cosmonaut - Sci-Fi - for Noah


13 - Wumpits - Sci-Fi-Fantasy - for Harry


22 - Stressed out girl at work - Psychological Drama - for Zvi


23 - A bunch of old people talking - the gathering - please no axes. - for Danelle

 - Ex-con gets a smartphone - Sci-Fi - for Don


I am currently writing ten of my short stories based on my own ideas.  I'll post them at some point, as they have basically all merged into one big story.  When I'm done with that I'll probably start in on stories for friends again, because that was a lot of fun, too.




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