My first short story is a response to a challenge from a good friend of mine who goes by the handle @oporst on Twitter. He tasked me to go head to head with him, each of us writing a short story in the form of an unassuming journal entry which contains a layer of meaning deeper than what the words themselves initially convey. Since we’re both bronies, he added a twist: the story must be written from the perspective of one of the Mane 6, the central characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I chose Twilight Sparkle as my subject, and after quite a bit of tweaking and attempted subtlety, here is my entry. I hope you enjoy it.
Over on Singular Spectrum, the blog that I co-author with my friends Adam and Adam, I started a somewhat overly ambitious project titled “March of the Short Stories” in which I aimed to write fifteen short stories during the month of March. I’ve since realized that short stories are not as quick and easy to write as I’d assumed, so I’m relocating and renovating the project to a new home here at Newton & Newton, Inc. and a new name: Short Story Spring. I’m still aiming to pen fifteen tales, but the deadline is extended until the end of May. The first story should be transferred over soon, and there will be many more to follow as spring marches on. I’m always looking for prompts and inspiration, so if you’ve got an idea for a story seed that you’d be willing to let me adopt I’d be glad to hear it. Here’s to a great spring!
For my first post, I have selected an article I wrote about the way magic works in the world of my novel (sort of, you’ll see when you read it). This is all background for the story, I don’t think I’ll end up using this at all in the novel itself. Let me know what you think.
Andrew: This being my first attempt at maintaining an internet presence since that disheartening realization that Facebook is useless unless you want to play weird games and get a zillion e-mails telling you to check your Facebook profile, I am unsure what to expect. However, I am hopeful that with the help of my seasoned Internet veteran of a brother I will be able to post things of interest here for people to peruse and vilify or enjoy at their discretion. My main goal is to share writing excerpts and short stories related to the novel that I am developing and will shamelessly plug whenever I deem it necessary and/or feel like it. I may also occasionally share ramblings about random things that pique my interest or are so brilliant I just can’t keep them to myself. On the whole, I hope to encourage people, get feedback about my writing and bring glory to God.
Tim: This being the third WordPress blog on which I’ve been an administrator, I know pretty much what to expect. My brother and I are going to write things, they’re going to appear on computer screens worldwide through the mystical forces of electricity and the Internet, and people with odd email addresses are going to make comments urging readers to buy premium green coffee beans and discount pharmaceuticals. More importantly, however, people much like you, with normal email addresses and unique perspectives on life, are going to stumble upon this little collection of words and ideas and add your own, and together you and Andrew and I are going to create and direct stories and conversations that no one of us could have managed alone. I hope you enjoy some of the tales that we spin here, I hope you really hate others and are kind enough to tell us why so we can make them better, and I hope more than anything that you take away some measure of encouragement or inspiration from the words that we post here. To God be the glory, and to you a hearty welcome. Glad you dropped by.