Thoughts on the Eve of Publication

Thong Sized Stories Full CoverIt’s fun to look on Amazon and know that something I’ve created will be available to all my friends and readers come the stroke of midnight.  I’ve been waiting for this day ever since I put the finishing touches on Thong Sized Stories about six weeks ago.  Part of me is also nervous; I’m releasing ten of my ideas into the wild, calling them “done” and letting everybody make of them what they will.

The greater part of me is glad they’re ready for you.  Some of these tales are over a decade old, and until I discovered the flash fiction form, I had no idea what to do what them.  Making a collection of fully realized, separate “moments” of story is not only a fun way to entertain my audience, it’s also an artistic statement for myself.

I’m usually known for my longer work.  Even my short stories often stretch over 20 pages.  One I’m working on now is damn near 50.  The creative challenge of flash fiction appealed to the part of me which wants to break out, be weird, do something different.  Combine that with the community of writers I’ve discovered via Waterline Writers and the Fox Valley Writers’ Group, and I’ve had a lot of exposure to the very short form over the last year and a half.  And since I’m never satisfied to do the same thing over and over, I took up the challenge of this form.  Looking at the finished product, I think I’ve succeeded, too.  I think there will be a sequel, eventually, to this collection, too, considering that more than half of these tales came out of the prompts in my writers’ group.  Those are a standard activity, and I’m sure I’ll write some more fun thong sized stories as I go along.

Check back tomorrow, 9/3 for all the details on how you can order your own paper or Kindle copy of Thong Sized Stories.  You can also get a freebie from the collection here.  If you like what you read, please let your friends know, or better yet, spend a couple bucks and get them a copy.  It’s a nice, cheap gift for the reader on your gift lists, and hey, the holidays are coming…

Big thanks go to my wonderful wife Margie for her work formatting and designing the cover.  If you’re a writer or poet looking for top-notch design for your upcoming book, check out Margie’s Mark to see what she can do for you.

Enough for now, except to say that I’ve been busy in the time since I finished this collection.  I’m cooking up a batch of more traditional short stories, plus a novel, plus whatever else shows up on my own imaginary playground.  Enjoy the book, and thanks for reading!