Nothing More: A Short Story Collection

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When her divorced mother takes her and her brother to Luna Park [ disambiguation needed ] , they are forced to go home early due to a prank played by her brother. Their father gives them a bet that when one of them talks, the other gets 50 dollars. A year-old boy has the ability to travel through time.

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He decides to travel to just before his mother was killed and stop her from going on the walk that kills her. And he loves to eat chocolate. A boy who is the first in his class to grow pubic hair feels embarrassed about it, so he gains from an old man the ability to move objects with his mind. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This search is also a search for identity. A shelter works to solidify memory and imagination, to suspend our identity in time and space. The house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind […] In the life of man, the house thrusts aside contingencies […] Without it man would be a dispersed being.

Not only that, but he is also unable to project a future onto his present. As Eric Levy explains:. Beckettian narration is an allegory of its own impediment. Every journey returns him to the same need to go on. This idea can be extended further if we see the narrator as a Sisyphean figure. The protagonist strives to re-establish the silence and inanimate state from which he has been prodded and for which the image of a house, or any other container, comes to symbolize as both homely and unhomely.

But in keeping with the Freudian concept of the uncanny, the heimlich also turns in on itself to become unheimlich , and the narrative is suffused with underlying menace. The combination of daydream and flashback borders on the phantasmagorical and plays out like a montage sequence. But then, if this world, according to Beckett, is always unhomely, both homely and unhomely depending on whether or not we choose to concern ourselves with it, how does one situate a home in it, never alone oneself.

We find something resembling an answer in Murphy The narrator requires, first, a room to withdraw into in order to wander the Palaeozoic dimensions of the mind, to achieve an anonymous darkness, free of meaning and without consciousness, but to fear the disintegration of it all at the same time.

Secondly, he requires food, for the mind cannot travel very far without it, dependent as it is on the appeasement of the body. Beckett reduces his character once again to the category of an infant. The conflict between mind and body worsens. He resembles an automaton as he meanders, taking him into the more disturbing territory of the death drive, walking as he does on the road.

How can one travel to that from which one cannot move away? Taking inward shelter will not lead to peace of mind.

As our narrator moves through the flickering light and dark, casting illusory images of continuity and progress onto a finite existence, in search of refuge, he comes to understand that the journey is destined to failure. Short stories play a role in the whole reading culture by being the small manageble dosses for those starting out as readers. Thanks Alan for this great post.


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Of course we want to get paid. Publishing online or in print journals is a way to get your work out there, build an audience, and hone your craft. I have finished one novel, Transubstantiate, a neo-noir thriller and am shopping it now. I am about 35, words into my next novel, a neo-noir transgressive novel entitled Disintegration. Great blog! I totally believe in using blogs to explore potential book projects, roels-story.

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Much of my fiction work is a mixture of genres that agents find hard to pigeon hole in a marketable niche. Seems counter productive when originality is the goal.

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I have put a collection of short stories together and am currently almost finished the road to self-publication. I call it my toilet book. What better location to put this gem than in the bathroom? Thanks so much for blogging about this. As always, the post was a pleasure to read and a great resource as well. I am working on several short stories now with two goals in mind: One, to refine my fiction-writing skills after spending many years writing theater and non-fiction; and two, to explore various ideas and characters I have been considering for a longer work.

I absolutely love the examples you gave, and the great information. Try to find a publisher for your work first and get paid.

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If successful, after they are published, rights eventually revert back to the author. At that point, post them on your website as free content to draw more readers. A short story in a magazine has a shelf life of around a month. The same story can continue working for you for years on your website as advertising for your style of writing.

Great post. I just began writing short stories after finishing the first draft of my first novel. Thank you, Alan.

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I am encouraged by your reply and appreciate you taking the time to respond. Why not check out my freshly-pressed blog at:. I have published over 60 short stories online and in print. I have a half dozen in anthologies, too.


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  • But I have done it too long. I am a miniaturist in a large-canvass world. My advice is to write a novel first, then learn to write short stories. I did get the attention of an agent with my stories-but not to publish a collection. He believed if I did one I could do the other.

    Very few short story collection on unknown writers are published. But who knows? Always aim for a paying market. But at least a token payment shows respect. It definitely helps to win a Pulitzer Prize, and I agree with you that new writers should indeed give away their short stories to build a following. But publishing in a magazine or literary journal can also get the attention of agents and editors and lead to a short story collection. I teach a workshop in short story writing, and I have to say I particularly love teaching the very young who have such vivid imaginations and the not-so-young who have such a wealth of experiences.

    No novels in the works for me, though. That book became a pick by the Junior Library Guild. Short stories are a means of increasing name recognition. They also provide an opportunity to write, while we wait for our full-length manuscripts to find publishing homes. I started writing short stories—by the advice of certain writers magazines and blogs—as a way to get my foot in the door so I could eventually land a publishing deal for my novel.

    It was something I saw only as a stepping stone, inferior to novel-writing, and intended it to be a short-term venture. Well, as I wrote, that story became as important to me as my novel! I now rightfully see short stories as an artform in themselves. It takes skill to pack an entire story—with depth and nuance—into a few pages or in some cases a few paragraphs.

    I love writing, and the short story is my favorite medium.

    The world will wise up one day. Though I think the overall outlook for short story writers is quite mixed, I appreciate your glass-half-full take on things. Yes, there is a collection or two each year that sells well. But on the other hand, there are lots of places that will publish if not necessarily pay for short stories, and there is a loyal if limited audience for them. There are quite a few publishers looking for short story anthologies, as well.

    Another fantastic attribute of short stories is that they are very easily adapted into film scripts, whereas larger novels have to be heavily cut-down to fit into a page script. I could not agree more. I set out to write a novella about the Holocaust. By the time I was finished, it was pages with shrunken font. That made the book a more difficult sell. Eventually, I was published by an Israeli publisher that specializes in Jewish and Holocaust-related books. But even then, my publisher was not pleased with the length of the book.

    Authors must also acknowledge that lengthy books are more expensive to print and require higher pricing.

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