Friday, August 5, 2011

Change in plan for Project X

After careful consideration I am narrowing the scope of the new story I am working on. It's not that I don't think the idea warrants more depth; the story works better with tighter focus that really drives the point home. So this will be at most a novella.

Shorter fiction can deliver a serious punch. You have scant time to waste with characters feeding ducks at the pond unless those ducks represent a major metaphor. The reader is frequently left with a lot of questions to ponder but that is part of the point. It's not always about giving the reader a neat little story wrapped up with a bow. It can be about evoking an emotion or an idea then leaving it up to the audience to sort out.

This story is about free speech, forum trolls, and socio-political issues; revealing more details would dampen the story's effect. My intent is to shake people up not just enterain. Stay tuned.

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away