They looked at her with fear and pity, the ones that knew. But didn’t everyone know? Everyone in the neighborhood certainly did, but she was sure the whole city recognized her. It had been in the papers and on the news for what seemed like years, her picture plastered everywhere.
But she didn’t hide. She didn’t move. As soon as she healed, she went back to her life, picking up where she left off.
She went back to work. She shopped for groceries. She went to the bars, refusing to avoid the one with the bad memories attached to it. She stopped at the coffee shop and wandered through the bookstore. She ate popcorn at the movies and giggled with girlfriends over dinner at restaurants.
But it felt as though her life still wasn’t being lived. It was hanging in a suspended animation of sorts even though it had been YEARS since it’d happened. She had insisted on staying in town and it was like that stopped the whole process of moving on right in its tracks. Because everywhere she went, people stared. She’d managed to move on, she’d come to terms with it, she’d gotten used to it, but they hadn’t.
This is a super short story, but there’s still plenty left to read. Stop by the Storytime Jukebox and drop in some coin.
Since the only writing projects I really needed to do last month was finishing the first drafts of Come to the Rocks and “August 8, 2015” (it turned out to be a short story!), I ended up with the last two weeks of March free. I ended up spending that time doing a little spruce up on the sidebar of the blog, making a few minor tweaks to The Storytime Jukebox (it is what it is, man), revising a short story called “Notorious” that will hopefully end up in the Jukebox, and writing ten flash fiction stories for a potential project that may or may not happen.
I’m annoying like that.
April will be the month of revision! I’ll revise “Grandma’s Funeral”, “A Girl’s Best Friend”, “Suicide Paris Green”, and “August 8, 2015”. I’ll also try to revise/polish “Notorious”, which will end up in the Jukebox, if all goes well.
And then there’s the matter of revising all of that the flash fiction for the potential project.
Yes, I’m going to try to revise fifteen stories all told next month. I don’t think I’m going to even come close to that, but if I can get a good chunk of them done, then I’m sitting pretty.
In a metaphorical sense, of course.
The next episode of Murderville: The Last Joke goes live on the 11th. $1 lets you read; $2 lets you read AND you get bonus content, like the special little ditty that will be dropping for the $2 patrons this month. Don’t miss out! Read the teasers for episodes one, two, and three, and then haul a little booty over to Patreon so you can read the whole thing!
February is being dedicated to the short story now that I’m finished with the initial (and crappy) rewrites of Spirited in Spite. I’ve got this goal of getting 50 rejections this year (more on that next week) and it’s really spurned my creativity in regards to my short stories.
So here’s my short story To Do List this month:
-Revise/Polish “At 3:36” (I’ve already done initial edits in changing it from 3rd to 1st person)
-Revise/Polish “An Active Sleeper” (I think I’ve figured out how to fix this story)
-Revise/Polish “Everybody’s Time” (I wrote it at the end of last month)
-Review “Powerless” and revise/polish if necessary (It’s my first rejection of the year)
-Write “Notorious” (about the survivor of a serial killer)
-Write “Hear It?” (about a person suffering from auditory hallucinations; title may change)
-Submit any stories that are ready.
I’ve got a couple of other stories (“Anniversaries” and an untitled one) that I could revise if I get the time, but I’ve left them off the list for now simply because I’m not sure what to do to them yet. The stories need tweaking to make them work, but I’m not sure what the tweaks should be. I’m sure it’ll come to me.
Ideally, at the end of the month I’ll have at least four stories that can (and hopefully will be) submitted.
Gotta keep producing and submitting if I want those 50 rejections.