New Theme

Hey there. Yes, you are at the correct site. I’m trying out a new theme. What do you think? Do you like this one better than the other one? Can you find everything the same?

This one gives me the ability to add my own header image, so I will have to get on that.

Update: The header is a picture called Pale Blue Dot which is an image of Earth from 4 billions miles away captured by Voyager 1, showing our place in the solar system.

Fiction Friday – How to Buy a Time Machine

I thought I would post a little Ficlet I wrote the other day for you all to enjoy. This was inspired by a search I did on Ficlets yesterday for the tag “Time Travel”. On the results page for “Time Travel” there is a box on the right hand side for sponsored links, which I’m guessing is some form of the Google Ads. Anyhow, inside the box was a link that said “Time Travel Machines” from eBay. The accompanying text said, “Whatever you’re looking for you can get it on eBay.” Sadly, when I clicked on the link, there were no true Time Machines. They must’ve sold out. Anyhow, I turned the whole thing into the story below:

How to Buy a Time Machine

Sam was having a crummy day, a lackluster week, and a downright disappointing life. His girlfriend broke up with him, his car broke down again, and his project at work could most optimistically be described as stalled. As Sam thought of what he said to Amy, his stomach ached with regret. Maybe his mother was right: think before you speak.

“At least I have Ficlets,” Sam thought, settling behind the desk in his home office. Not much of a writer himself, Sam enjoyed browsing the stories on the site, vowing to one day work up the courage to post.

As always, Sam began by searching the tag “Time Travel”. The notion of time as a road, able to be navigated from beginning to ending in much the same way his Neon traveled the turnpike, had always excited him.

As he was about to click on the most recent story, something in the “Sponsored Links” box caught his eye. The Ad Title said “Time Travel Machines” and the text read “Whatever you’re looking for you can get it on eBay”.

Curious, Sam clicked the link.

As always with Ficlets, you can create a prequel or sequel to this story (you will have to log in first).


No Sleep

Man, this story is kicking my butt. Right now I have about three different versions of the story, all with the opening two paragraphs you all helped me with the other day. I was up until 11:30 last night working on it, though I’m not sure I got anywhere. Of course I had a hard time sleeping last night, because I had a hard time turning off the problem solving portion of my brain. Once I fell asleep, I’m pretty sure I dreamt about my story, though none of the dreams were particularly helpful. It must be contagious because even my wife had a nightmare about my story, and she hasn’t even read it yet (I gave her the synopsis in the car).

The good news is that although the deadline is tomorrow, that is an early submission deadline. The hard deadline is the end of April. That said, I want to finish this thing as soon as possible, because I enjoy sleep.

Any of you out there have anything that’s keeping you awake at night? Any stories about writing projects that just drove you nuts, or am I alone here?