Friday, July 31, 2009

Introduction to "A Chilling Wind"

I've just completed my first short story in a long time, since about 1993. It's on the Annex - here.

Pretty much anyone who knows me knows that short stories aren't my 'thing.' I'm a wordy fellow, and I find it hard to write something less than about 50,000 words. But sometimes an idea just appears that is right for the medium. I think this is one.

I'm not asking for feedback for it - either here or on the other page. If you want to, fine, but if you don't, that's cool too. This is up because I just wanted to share it with everyone.

"A Chilling Wind"


  1. Congratulations! I find that short stories aren't my thing either, though I have written a few. Too hard to get attached to characters in a short story.

  2. Thank you. I agree about characters. I like the character arcs that just don't often happen in a short story.

    That said, short stories do a good job of illuminating a certain moment in a character's life.

  3. I enjoyed it Nick, but I may be a bit sick because I didn't see any "ick" moments.

  4. I like this story. Short stories are more my thing - to write, not necessarily to read - I can go either way when it comes to something to read, as long as it's good.

    The ick moments were definitely mellow - I kept waiting for the big "ick" & it never came, but then again... my ick threshold is a bit high. :)

    Anyway, back to my point of liking this story & here's why - I thought that you were going in one direction with the main character & the plot, then you proved me completely wrong - love that.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Ainebegonia, Rasmenia, thank you for letting me know what y'all think. I don't think either of you have to worry about being too desensitizes to "ick." I only put the warning in there in case somebody read it and got angry that I didn't warn them that I was going to whack a few members of the younger persuasion.

    Sorry it took so long to respond, Aine. I actually haven't been HERE much the last few days, and for some reason I never got an email notification of the new message.

    R, I'm glad you weren't able to figure out exactly where I was going. That was one of the goals.

    Thanks, y'all!

  6. Dig it. Want more of it, if there is more.

  7. There's no more. I wanted to do a few actual "short" stories. I need the practice. That's it. All she wrote. Glad it was dug.