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Tyrk

I’ve finished revising “Tyrk,” a short story, and it’s now available to read online. Here’s the beginning:

Tuesday was Laura’s first time at the circus. She’d read about circuses all her life, but her mother insisted they were dangerous. Laura suspected that the truth lay more in her mother’s fear of clowns than in any real danger, and that was why her mother didn’t know she was here.

Laura walked from tent to tent in awe at the feel of magic that drenched the fairgrounds. Anything could happen here. Trapeze, bearded lady, even the not-so-scary clowns — all of it intoxicated her. The hours flew by and before long it was almost dinnertime. She was tired and her legs felt a little stiff, but she still hadn’t been to the last tent, the one out past the Ferris wheel. It wouldn’t take long.

Read the rest…

NaShoStoMo update (day twenty)

As mentioned in my last NaShoStoMo post, I’m a bit behind. It’s day 20 and I’ve only written 14 stories. But I feel fairly confident that I can hit 30 stories by the end of the month, especially now that I’ve learned to write shorter stories (my last three have been 400 words each, instead of my usual 700–1200 words).

  • #7: “If You Could Hie to Kolob” (LDS science fiction)
  • #8: “Crumbs” (retelling of Matthew 15:21–28)
  • #9: “Tyrk” (fantasy, about the circus)
  • #10: “Babushka” (disturbing)
  • #11: “The O-Bomb” (middle-grade, kind of)
  • #12: “The Red Minivan” (fantasy of a sort)
  • #13: “To Have and to Hold” (science fictionish)
  • #14: “Look Up” (thrillerish)

And of course I have plenty of ideas for the remaining sixteen stories.