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Short Stories

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on September 8, 2014 at 8:02:43 am

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


Worst Case Scenario


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


The Battle of Little Lambs


More 2013 stories to come.  I wrote ten of them, but I'm giving them each an edit in 2014 before I post. 


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.  


Anyway, that's my excuse for not posting more frequently.  I now know experientially what a pit of unproductivity the "I could make this a novel of arbitrary novel-like length!" disease is.   


As soon as I gave up on the idea that I should force my writing into that format I was able to start getting these things posted here.


You might notice that I am uploading the drawings I made while writing these stories.  If so, you will also notice that I can't draw.  Since I can't write neither, and you're reading my stories, I figure the drawings are just about right.  The idea for all the 2013 stories came from a dream I had in which I saw something kind of like this drawing (it's a little old lady holding a cell phone up to a giant tracked robot, thinking that this will somehow help her - you have to read the stories to find out if it does):



List of short stories written in 2012


These first 10 stories are based on ideas given to my by my friends.  I thought it would be good writing practice, and it was.  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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