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What Ever Happened To That Story You Were Writing?

September 7, 2021

Back in March I talked about a book I’m working on. It’s centered on a planet named Syren.

I thought I might give you an update. And it’s a great update. (But, I’m getting ahead of myself.)

As part of the world-building exercise, I decided to explore some of the history of the planet Syren. I’ve written a series of short stories that are set in the universe of Syren. I wrote them as an exercise. But, being a writer, I put a story around them, too.

And I’m now happy to announce that I’ve been asked to join contribute to an upcoming anthology. There are still details to be worked out, but the plan is to include a short story in that anthology.

Watch here for more details. In the mean time, here’s a taste of a story called “Syren Rebels.”

. . .a cart had unexpectedly overturned behind her. Her reaction was completely unconscious and immediately raised the suspicion of the old women selling limes.

“What is that?” The old woman signed suspiciously?

“What? I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.” Reisha looked for a convenient escape from the old crone and her suspicions.

“You heard THAT!” It was a statement, not a question.

“No, really, I thought I saw my husband was all.”

“You have no wedding necklace,” the woman pointed out.

Being single, Reisha wouldn’t have one anyway. She wasn’t a very good liar. “It broke this morning. My husband was bringing it to me.” The second lie was no more convincing than the first.

“Were you born normal or did you have the surgery?”

Reisha breathed a silent thanks for a way out. “Surgery. I’m still getting used to it.”

“Let’s see the scar,” the woman demanded. “Pull back your hair now.”

Reisha fled. Forgetting even to pay for the limes. . .

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