I’m writing short stories, as advised by some people at the Gateway Con who thought I’d written enough novels for now. The three short stories I have written (as opposed to the flash fiction or short essays) are from the Prodigies/Archetype universe*: “Tanabata”, “Hands”, and “Runesansu”. You can find them in these pages if you want a read.
I want to branch out on my writing — stay within the science fiction/fantasy, I think, except that there are certain topics I would like to stay away from:
- Alpha-freaking-male ANYTHING
- Unbridled gore
- Gratuitous sex
- In-jokes **
- The Adventures of Gary Stu
- Fan Fic ***
This either means that I have to do new world-building or write short stories that don’t require world-building. I’ve been tempted to do new world-building because I haven’t done that for a while. I miss that immersive experience of creativity.
So if you have any inspirations …
* One character connects the two sets of stories
**(see Ready Player One if you don’t know what I’m talking about)
*** I have nothing against fanfic; I just don’t write it.