Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FREE Short Story -- So Many Reasons to Celebrate the Season at OnThePremises.com



So Many Reasons to Celebrate the Season

The rights were purchased and it was published by OnThePremises.com in March 2013. It appears there now, in Issue #19. 

It's a non-genre piece (my first published) about a writer who finally stops lying to himself and deals with his crappy life and horrible marriage--on Christmas Eve.  

It's free--and here's the link. 

After you've read it, please go to the blog entry set up for comments to this piece.  Thanks!

6 comments:

  1. This is easily my favorite short story you've written. I like the dark sequence of events on what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Upon my first read, I immediately felt bad for the writer/husband who is having a rather bleak self realization while returning home to his family. Most people are down during the holidays, but this guy has to go home to a betraying wife. He knows very well what awaits him and yet is unsure of how he is going to react.
    The second time I read the story, I no longer felt bad for the writer. He was not necessarily the duped husband, but a man who decided to take control of a dismal situation. Once it was all out in the open, he became free in a way. Now whether he will stay with his kids or move out or get a divorce remains to be unseen, but the point is he made a change. That was a major reason to celebrate the season! Is it not?

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    1. Hey, thanks so much for reading and commenting. And for reading the story TWICE!!! I so freakin' appreciate your taking the time to do that. And of course you're right: The celebration here is that he's willing to (finally) take control of his life on the homefront. He wasn't really ever the duped husband, as you said; he just put off doing anything about it since he was away so often--which led him to being away even more often! Thanks again.

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  2. I really like this story - you just feel so proud of him for facing facts and moving on with life. Get so tired of people that put up with shit or think their life should be a drama -- it's not easy to break free but omg!!

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  3. I hear ya, Dreki. There's only so much whining I can take--even from myself. Perhaps, especially from myself!

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  4. I liked the story. First, as the movie geek I am, I liked some of the movie references. The Shining, which was mentioned a bunch, Misery, with the fan who knew everything about him, and even Christmas Vacation, with the Father-in-Law named Art. Even though you knew how things were going to end, the suspense building up to it was great.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I'm glad you liked the movie references! And good job getting the "Art" allusion. I wonder how many besides you would've gotten it!

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