I’ve been inundated by short stories lately. For a couple of years, I haven’t written a short story. I’ve been busy with my novels. Suddenly, short stories exploded in my brain. I wrote one story about a mother in a fantasy setting and sent it to Baen Fantasy Adventure Competition. It probably won’t win anything, but I had to try. If I get a rejection, and even if I don’t (ha!) I’m thinking about publishing a fantasy anthology about mothers. I wonder if many writers find the topic as fascinating as I do. Would I get many submissions to such a call?
I also have three more ideas for short stories. One – a flash – is almost ready to be written. It’s humorous in a fantasy milieu but without most fantasy trappings. Magic is only hinted at. It’s about food.
The second idea also takes place in a fantasy setting, vaguely Britain circa 18th century, and deals with two twin sisters separated at birth and then reunited by accident. This one is not ready to write. I know how it starts and I know the middle too, and the names of the characters, but I don’t know what the heroine wants in the end. She could pursue several mutually exclusive objectives in several different ways. I’m leaning toward humorous and romantic but I haven’t determined yet. It might be a retelling of Othello. Decisions, decisions…
And then there is the third story. I also know its beginning but not where it’s going. It’s my bane: not knowing the ending. Most of my short stories start this way, and it always takes time for me and my heroes to arrive at a conclusion.
This story’s subject has been done to death already – a soul transplant between bodies. Obviously speculative fiction. A few years ago, I wrote a scifi story on this theme, but this one is going to be modern fantasy. I don’t think the twist I’m thinking about has been done before, but how the heck does this story end? Maybe I should join Wattpad and ask the readers for help?
This is a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group