Possessed of a writing frenzy, my second short story in as many weeks has been sent off. I have sent it to Lamplight Magazine. As with last week’s short story, it’s now just a matter of waiting to see whether they accept it. My biggest concern about my story is that it is not speculative fiction, but rather a dark reflection of current society. Here is their call for submissions if any of you are interested in submitting something yourselves.
This story I call “Can u pick me up?” It is inspired by countless brief SMS messages that fly between my daughter and myself. Indeed, a couple of the messages in the story are ripped straight from actual texts (for example, the title). Premise: an older sister receives a text from her younger sister seeking to get a ride home. This then ends up in the older sister being lured into a life-threatening situation via a number of SMS messages. It’s not horror or even speculative but it is dark. The story is about 3,500 words long.
I don’t know whether it is the fact that liberation from the drudgery of job applications is setting my mind free, but I am currently overwhelmed with ideas for short stories.
I will let you all know how I go as soon as I find out myself. If I send off enough short stories to enough publishers, then one of them is bound to get published – I hope.
PS: the photo shown is from Verona, Italy (2015)