Every now and again I need something to take my mind off a novel. As I’m sure any writer will tell you, the blank page can be terrifying. So can the prospect of editing, and if I was going to get anything done at all, I decided I needed to take a tiny break.
Enter The Absence of Intellect.
A while back I was doing the Yeah Write challenges, and while they weren’t chronological, there was a cohesive story to them. I’m going to do something similar here, only with an actual structure. I don’t know that I’ll ever make it into a book, but it’ll be something I can do to relax and hopefully you’ll like it as well.
I plan on releasing a new chapter/bit every Thursday, starting next week. It’s going to be a love story, of course, and SFW (though probably not a sweet romance). I’ll collect the chapters on a separate page as I post them so you can read the whole thing at once, if you like, and I may post it on Wattpad too.
That’s all the news I have for you today!
Welcome to Week One of the 52 Week Short Story Challenge!
This challenge was created by SM Cadman, based on the advice of Ray Bradbury:
The rules are simple: write one 200-10,000 word story a week using one of the prompts provided, then post on your blog – even if it’s terrible.
The first prompts were posted Saturday and are St. Patrick’s Day themed, and I’m really excited about doing this! I’m planning on posting my stories on Tuesdays, much the way I did the Yeah Write challenges. If you want to play along, here are the prompts for this week!
“Come on, it’s only one drink.”
“Can you just tell me what exit I’m supposed to be taking?” According to his GPS, Ellis had driven off the side of the world ten minutes ago and trying to get help from the extremely intoxicated woman in the passenger seat was almost impossible. In addition to being nearly incoherent, she also wouldn’t stop flirting with him. Poorly.
Continue reading 52 Week Short Story Challenge #1
Pulled is a short story from the Flawed universe, which I have become completely immersed and attached to. After falling in love with the characters from the main series, I knew I had to read this as soon as I read the description.
I was really able to identify with Juniper, who couldn’t control her power and was frustrated because no one believed her. All of Campbell’s characters are so wonderfully written that it’s like I know them, and the story is so rich that it’s hard to believe it’s just a short story.
Having read all three of the full-length novels, I jumped up and down in my seat when one of the villains showed up, hoping he wouldn’t do anything to Juniper. He wasn’t someone you had to know about, though, so it still worked as a standalone short.
I wish it wasn’t so short! The end came way too soon for me and I really wish it was a full novel of its own because I really want to find out what happens to Juniper and the other “specials” and see how their abilities manifest themselves.
If I hadn’t already read so much from this universe, I would be really itching for more of the Flawed series. As it is, I am pacing the floor waiting for Book 4 to come out so I can find out what kind of havoc the new villain is going to wreak.
This story counts as a book toward my Goodreads 2016 challenge, which feels a little like cheating, but it’s the only book I was able to read with all my editing craziness. I’m working on another book right now that’s a bit longer so I’ll hopefully have more for you next week!
Check out Pulled at Amazon here!
It’s been a little while since I posted but I bring with me a little Christmas gift, so I hope you’ll forgive me! It’s a short little story about a detective and a Christmas tree, and it introduces a couple of characters from my upcoming novel, The Detective’s Brother from Sinnful eBooks. I hope you like it and that it gets you excited to read more of my work.
I hope to post more short stories here every now and then. They’ll likely be one-offs of ten pages or less, perfect for enjoying on your lunch break or before bed. Fair warning, though, some of them might be a little steamy. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when they’re NSFW! In the meantime…
The Christmas Tree
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!