Short Stories

I’ve made this page to display some of my short stories. I’m not going to put everything up here—just a few of the more polished pieces. I’ll try add a new short story every month or so, depending on whether or not I’m working on a larger project. I think it’s important for novelists to regularly work on shorter pieces, as they are often much less forgiving. They force the writer to make their work leaner and to make every word count as much as possible.

Ren — This short story is about a dying mother talking to her son about time travel and how hard it is to feel everything at once. An earlier draft, almost twice as long, was on my website two years ago. That bloated version helped me get onto my Masters course, and I redrafted it (several times) into this version. I think this was my first truly good short story—despite its flaws.

Happy Endings — This short story is about rewriting stories we find unacceptable. It’s about editing the books that upset us. It’s also my attempt to look at the Manic Pixie Dream-girl trope — hopefully offering a realistic perspective on this kind of character.

Window — This short story is about perspective and grief. The perspective of the narration moves smoothly (I hope) from character to character, and it is perhaps my best attempt at free indirect speech.

The Monkey Monster — This is a silly story about a mischievous monster that likes to disrupt people’s lives in surprising ways.

The Figure — There is a figure that has always followed her, always watched her, and she can’t take it any longer. Perhaps tonight she’ll finally see his face.

Be Careful What you Wish For — I found a letter from a genie in the pile of Chinese takeaway menus and unopened bills below my front door. So I typed it up.

The Wounded Angel — This is a story about two little boys who find an angel. It was inspired by the painting The Wounded Angel, by Finnish painter Hugo Simberg (link).

Losing Virginia  — Vincent is old in a society where no one ages and few die. He has forgotten more than he remembers of his long life, and he will forget more before the end.

 

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