What can $ .99 buy you these days? About half a gallon of gas, a semi-edible piece of processed meat from a fast-food dollar menu, or a creepy little tale from some obscure author to peruse on your Kindle.
Yeah, I finally bit the bullet and decided to get some of my short stories out there via Kindle. And while I am no real fan of self-promotion, I realize it’s a necessary evil if I want to have others read and (hopefully) enjoy my stories.
This yarn was just a little piece I threw together to try and make a point that the use of story dice was silly and unnecessary for truly polished authors. I rolled four and got a bat, a cowboy hat, a globe, and a Jolly Roger. I set a timer for 20 minutes and wrote without stopping. Though my cramping hand relished the relief when the buzzer sounded, my mind didn’t want to stop. I was on to something.
I may never use story dice again, but I have come around to the belief that any aid an author can use to get the words flowing from the pen shouldn’t be pooh-poohed without consideration.
I also found myself unable to stop writing. A day or so later, I finished the first draft. After a few weeks of careful editing and stubbornly rejecting advice from friends with literary inclinations, the product is out there for the world to see.
Clocking in at just under 5,500 words, it’s a quick read with a ridiculously long title that I assume is humorously self-aware. It technically crosses a few genres, but probably falls neatest into the “horror” or “thriller” classification. The synopsis is:
“On a whim, three indolent friends decide to tear out across the country and visit the attractions they’ve read about in an old tour guide. When they pick up a strange hitchhiker outside of Texas, however, their joyride takes a dark turn.“
Even if it isn’t what a reader expected, how much of an investment does it really require? $ .99? Fifteen to twenty minutes of reading time?
OK, fine, I’ll do you one better: starting tomorrow (9 August) and continuing until Sunday (13 August), it’s free for download. Yeah, free, as in now you only need invest the time to read it. So, you’re out of excuses.
Oh, and just in case you need the link: here you go.