Tuesday, January 12, 2010

no, Ben - it has nothing to do with Rosco's dog

I've been writing the monthly audio column in Game Developer Magazine for about 4 years now. As enjoyable as it's been, I miss writing fiction. It's something I used to do quite often in my teens and early twenties. But life and work marched along and I slipped out of the habit of writing short fiction.

By the way, the first short story I wrote was in Mr. Fiorini's typing class. I was supposed to be typing:

A lad, a lass, and alack
A lad, a lass, and alack

but Seth and I decided to write stories instead. I think mine were always about my D&D character...

Anyway, flash forward 20 years and i've been itching to get back into it. I decided to start small. Flash Fiction, for those unfamiliar with it, is very short short stories, in a nutshell. I don't know where the dividing line is in terms of word count between flash fiction and short stories, but I set a goal for myself of trying to write a story with plot, setting, characterization, and development in 500 words. I then submitted it to a new online flash fiction journal called YesterYearFiction.com, and it was selected for publication.

Long story short, you can find my first piece of flash fiction here. Actually, I think this blog post is longer than the story itself...