November 9, 2011
A Lulu of a Story
I heard about a short story contest from Lulu.com and I half-heartedly kicked around some ideas. Short stories are entirely different animals than novels. Novels are the domesticated well-behaved animals. Short stories are the wild ones, hard to tame. And this contest allowed only 600 words. Each word of the story becomes very important. What kind of story can you possibly write with 600 words?
I’d decided to forget it. But, suddenly, a brilliant, blinding flash sparked inside my weary, little mind. It was inspiration for a story that was an offshoot of A Voice Among the Thorns, the book I’m currently working on.
Daisy Fell weighed in at exactly 598 words. It has officially been entered in the Lulu Short Story Contest. (For all the writers out there: it’s open until December 1.)
I invite you to read it and share it with others if you think it’s worth sharing. I’m especially interested in your thoughts on it, the good and the bad for sure and the ugly if you must. Leave your feedback as a comment on this post or my Facebook page, or in an email.
To get Daisy Fell, click here. I can’t wait to confabulate about it, or about your contest entry.
Some technical stuff:
- Winners are selected by a panel of Lulu judges. It’s not a contest based on the number of downloads or clicks it receives.
- It’s a free eBook download.
- You can’t read it directly on-line.