Hi, everyone! It feels like I took an unintentional hiatus last month, mostly due to a sudden bout of indecision and holiday distraction. Now I think I’ve got my schedule (such as it is) straightened out, so I thought I’d have some fun by trying something new. I may have mentioned that I do some fiction writing, and I thought maybe it’s time I start sharing some of that on my blog. For starters, I’ve got slightly revised versions of some super short pieces originally shared on Twitter, but I hope to eventually share some longer stories.
I’m going to share a couple pieces in a post in this test, but I was also thinking of storing them on a separate page. I’m curious to see what you think! Should they be a completely separate thing from my regular posts, appear in the feed as well as have their own page, or just be blog posts like everything else?
It’s between Thanksgiving and Christmas in my neck of the woods, so I thought I’d include a couple food-related stories. One is a format I original called #EmojiStory, but now I’m thinking of labeling it #EmojiToon because it came to my attention that an “emoji story” usually doesn’t include words. Instead, I use the emojis to set the expressions for two characters who alternate lines of dialogue or reaction. For instance:
#EmojiToon, “So Close”
😫 “I worked so hard, and met all the usual requirements, but they still rejected it!”
😯 “Short story or novel?”
😩 “My cats’ dinner!”
The second story was written from a daily prompt #vss365, which challenges writers to include daily theme words in their stories. When it comes to writing, I prefer a longer format, but that’s exactly why I was excited about trying these Twitter challenges that would force me to keep it short. The theme word in this case was “tumbling.”
“I can’t do this.” Fusa eyed the rows of sweet-packed shelves.
“The cure for your curse lies beyond that door,” the oni insisted, extending one talon toward the far end of the room.
Fusa groaned and ran.
Halfway across, her hair twitched and came tumbling loose. The back of her head smiled open.
“Lunchtime,” Kuchi purred.
A bit creepy? Maybe, but I had fun working with some mythology-based characters! Can you identify what Fusa’s curse is, and where she hails from? And what do you think about these stories, and the experiment of posting them here? I’d love to hear your thoughts!