This week, I’m finishing up revisions on one short story and have (finally) sent off No Time for Revolving Doors to my first readers. Writing-wise, I’m at a loose end, but I’m bursting with ideas. I have no idea what to work on next.
So I’m going to bump it to you guys.
I know I want to do some short fiction, unrelated to anything I’ve currently got going on. Here’s a mix of ideas, new and old, that are pretty well ready to roll. Which one do you most want to see?
- “Escape from Fiddler’s Green.” The spirits of dead sailors grow restless, and engineer a plot to leave the seafarers’ heaven and sail back to home waters on Earth.
- The sourdough plot. A grown child, grieving for their deceased parent, hunts down the departed’s magic sourdough starter, which transfers the emotions and experience of the baker into each loaf.
- “Street of Small Merchandise.” A low-level bureaucrat in Shenzhen’s Public Security Bureau has a mystery on his hands when, in logging the evidence from a murder site, he finds the contents of his own pockets.
- The Lost Signals submission that never was – A ham radio operator is stunned to find his own name mentioned in a secret transmission underneath a numbers station. He’s even more startled when his friends hear something entirely different under the numbers.
- Technician vs. Performer. On a solarpunk station, a freefaller with big dreams competes against a happy-go-lucky crowd-pleaser. How will she win over spectators and judges with technical acumen when they just want to see her opponent smile?
Even better? Whoever votes for the ultimate winner will get a sneak peek at the story when I send it out to my first-readers. Answer in the comments: Which story do you want to see expanded out to five thousand words?