Continuing with my weekly challenge: I’ll be posting a free story every Wednesday for the next year, and publishing them to Amazon a week after…if I can! This is story #2, ideally out of 52. Impressive, no? A streak like that just inspires confidence!
Did you like story #1, also known as You Sleigh Me? Well, I took it down yesterday so I could publish it on Amazon. However…you can follow the link to its brand-new page on my site. Really kind readers might go visit the story in its new home, note the links to various Amazon sites, follow one of them, and post a review…I say might. No obligation implied!
Meanwhile, the ideas behind this week’s story are detailed in the goofy giveaway post I made back in June. If you’re interested in that sort of forensic examination, it might be worth clicking over to read about it…but I recommend waiting till after you’ve read the actual story. (Although I’m not actually controlling your computer here. It’s up to you in the end.)
The Gorilla, the Goldfish & Everything
Sometimes good intentions lead to bad places. On the other hand, bad intentions often do the same. But, either way? There’s often room for interpretation. And experimentation. As for the results, well, you find out afterward, don’t you? And then you go on from there. So does this story. It’s near-future science fiction, with no message whatsoever. But it does possess a species of humor…
The title is an homage to John D. MacDonald’s “The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything,” though the plot is unrelated. Probably.
I’m making all my stories Amazon-only for a while. Their “Kindle Unlimited” deal is very nice for short fiction. I hate to leave people out if they prefer buying stuff at non-Amazon sites, but…(1) nearly all sales and downloads, for me, have always come from Amazon, (2) while I’ve had issues with Amazon, they’ve been very responsive in dealing with them, (3) I can’t say that for any other online distributor (well, Smashwords is actually pretty nice), and (4) this may boost visibility at Amazon…kind of the core of my business. If you really really hate the idea, please let me know.