It’s something so delicious and delicate.
Zipper down. Spinach-infested smiles. Eye boogers. Toilet paper stuck to… well, just stuck.
First impression failures line my history well.
Then there are those winning first shots.
Wind causes hair to blow lavishly behind face. Sunlight making eyes radiant. Body odor: good.
Point being, good beginnings can happen as random as bad ones.
And when it comes to good beginnings with stories, I have bucketloads. Trunk-novel-loads, in fact. Many still stuck in the mucus of my hippocampus.
What to do with good story beginnings? Write long epic novels, of course.
The frustrating part about these good story beginnings is that they don’t always promise a good long ending.
That’s what happened to my short story ‘Fair Shopping.’
It was supposed to be epic in length. An odyssey that stands ageless and full of action and intrigue.
Yeah… that didn’t happen past chapter four. Damn story.
It wanted to write itself into the truncated form it is now, the stubborn thing.
No! I want espionage. End-of-the-world cataclysm. Perspective of our current throes into modern potential warfare.
But the damned story kicked me out and said this is what will happen instead. It defied pantsing. It defied outlines.
So, I let it do its thing and write itself out.
What was supposed to be a brick of a novel became a short dive into horror for a young couple on their way to a town fair.
So happy the folks at Spectral Press liked this good beginning that wanted it to go as short as it wanted to.
‘Fair Shopping’ will be part of the fifth anthology of Spectral Book of Horrors, a wonderful series to be part of in my opinion.
Coming soon in the fall.
Hooray for good beginnings!