Here’s an incomplete list of the themes and references that I’m consciously including in my new short story, “Summertime in the Void” (1st draft complete, working on the 2nd draft):
I hammered out 1,100 words, give or take, in “Summertime in the Void”, which is a new short story about a man left behind by the Singularity.
Here’s a sample, but be kind, it’s first draft material:
His dad, not long before he left, had told John that you can’t ever cross the same river twice, and John had asked why not and his dad had just smiled and told him “You’re smart, figure it out.”
Because the water’s never the same, he decided. Sometimes it’s swift and deep, and sometimes—like now, after a long, hot, dry summer—it was shallow, lazy, and muddy.
I’ve got about 3,900 more words to make this into a coherent story. I think I can make it work.
Since Parallel Prairies II is happening, I figure I should write another short story and see if they’d like it.
Here’s the first line, written on my lunch hour today:
The sun is upside-down but no one believes me.
The working title is “Summertime in the Void”, for extra Cancon points.
Photo by ros dagos on Unsplash.
Update: I’m feeling a little slow, eh, because I only just now noticed that it’s Amazing Stories that reviewed Parallel Prairies. Amazing Stories just reviewed my writing.
Darren Ridgley, one of the editor of Parallel Prairies, just tweeted a link to a new review of the anthology. It appears the reviewer enjoyed my little tale of dementia and alien visitation:
What makes this story fun to read is Vincent’s determination to protect Charlie from the agents. […] Amusing. With a tinge of sadness.R. Graeme Cameron
He also liked the anthology as a whole:
This anthology features a collection of stories ranging far wider than I anticipated. There is, perhaps, a Canada-wide tendency to underestimate Manitoba. […] Amazing what stories the contributors wrested from its soil. I confess this book exceeded my expectations. Well worth reading.R. Graeme Cameron
If you’d like a copy of Parallel Prairies, you can get it from McNally Robinson.
This is the first review I’ve come across for the new made-in-Manitoba anthology Parallel Prairies, and I’m glad to say the reviewer appears to have enjoyed my short story “Vincent and Charlie”.
Another rural close encounter of note in the collection is Brandon-based Patrick Johanneson’s Vincent and Charlie. The story explores the concept of alien telepathy and memory manipulation from inside a mind descending into dementia. Johanneson finds an artful balance between suspense and sentimentality and adds a soupçon of Men in Black for good measure.Sarah Jo Kirsch, The Uniter
Read the full review here.
Parallel Prairies launches Oct. 11, 2018, at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, and Oct. 13, 2018, at Brandon University’s John E. Robbins Library.
You can order the book from McNally Robinson, too, if you’d like (there will be copies available at the launches, of course).