For people who haven’t seen this before, a word of explanation. As a personal challenge to myself, back in April of 09, I undertook to write a short story every week for a year. I nearly did it, too, up until the last couple of weeks, in which life kept kneeing me in the groin until I let the brass ring slip out of my hands.
I’m giving it another go this year. Now don’t be expecting literary gold here, I work full time and have a boatload of other projects, so that week I have to write each story usually ends up being 5 hours or so. They aren’t edited. Sometimes I have time to run them through a spell check.
They just have to be stories, the rules don’t say they have to be good ones and frankly a lot of them suck. This is embarrassing, which is part of the point. I don’t like to expose my creative process, or show half-done work, so in theory I will be highly motivated to make the time to write good stuff, make time to edit it, and to learn from every mistake so that no one ever actually sees the crap that is a first draft. (Theory still has some things to answer for at this point.)
Oh, by the way, you know what else really motivates me to keep writing and improving? Feedback. Oh, and cash.
These stories are posted under a Creative Commons license that allows you to download, re-use, modify or make derivative works out of them, provided you don’t do it for profit and you credit me. If you are a graphic artist of some stripe and feel inspired to illustrate one of these stories, please do let me know.