For those who have any interest, I wanted to give a brief notification about a change of plans.
Though I am nearly finished with the editing of “I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords,” and in fact plan to publish it tomorrow, I will not immediately go back to the editing of Mark Red. The reason? The best one possible: I got hit by a new short story, and it wants to be told. It’s going to be quite short this time…or at least it should qualify for what ordinary people (i.e. not me) think of as a short story, so it should only push back the editing of Mark Red by a week or so, I’d imagine.
I plan to release this story on my blog also, unless reaction to its predecessor is uniformly condemnatory. I don’t really expect that to happen, but we’ll see.
The way this story came to me raises interesting points about the triggers of my story ideas in general. I don’t know how it is for other authors, but I find that about fifty percent of my stories—short and novels—originate with a title, at least lately. Clearly, “I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords,” was a title-driven story, as was “Paradox City,” and “The Death Sentence” (both available to read in my collection, Welcome to Paradox City).
Other stories are triggered by a much more nebulous and varied set of stimuli. This latest one was born of something that happened at the Tri-Rail train station in Hollywood, Florida, and grew fully into its story idea within the space of minutes. I won’t tell you anything more about it at the moment, because that might give part of the tale away, but it should be available to read before long.
Thanks for your ongoing attention. “I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords” should be available by tomorrow, barring the unforeseen. Best wishes to you all, and in case I forget to say so later to those in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving.