Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011.
And here we are a year later doing it all over again. Today’s prompt was ‘the chase’, so here is my 107-worder. Short and sweet?
The Legends of Louisiana
“They’re gaining on us, honey!”
“I know, darlin’. I know.”
“Can’t you make this thing go any faster?”
“Foot pedal’s to the floor.”
“We’re not gonna make it.”
“Trust me. Haven’t I got you out of situations like this before?”
“Then I’ll do it again.”
“There’s another one. Two more.”
“Relax. They don’t know who they’re dealin’ with.”
“I think they do, that’s why they’re acting that way.”
“Actin’? They ain’t actin’. They mean business but so do we.”
“You’re funny, honey.”
“No point in gettin’ all serious when…”
“There’s Oakley and…”
“I love you, Clyde.”
“Love you, too, Bonn………”
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.