Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: Friday Wordle: 2/17/12, Shoes

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Wordle: 2/17/12, Shoes

So! This week, for something new and different, I spent most of the week working on a short story. Short stories, I've found, turn out to have all kinds of uses, none of which is "learn how to write," or "practice your craft so that you can move on to novels," which is how they were introduced to me. They are, instead, great for exploring a single idea, or a thought, or an image, or a trick of words or structure you'd like to try. Sometimes they're great for all of those things at once.

At any rate, I'm having fun with them, and putting together what will eventually be a collection that I plan to self-publish, because I want to see what that's all about.

So a week or two ago, I had an idea for a a story about a young woman doing a "walk of shame" (or, as I prefer to refer to it, a "walk of pride and joy and happiness and afterglow") through New York City, sans shoes. That story, now mostly complete, looks like this in Wordle form:

Main characters are Carly and Melody (or Mel). I think you can kind of get an idea of the direction of the story by the words floating them. I'd tell you what it's about, but to be honest, I'm still sort of figuring that out myself. I think it's got something to do with memory and sexuality and regret.

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