Machine of Death Stories

It’s a small anthology, and it doesn’t pay much, but the concept for Machine of Death, which one of my Clarion West classmates (Ian) posted to our crit listserv, really grabbed my imagination, so much so that within the first 24 hours, two full story ideas have come into my mind. I’ve finished drafting one ~3500-word story–a dark little almost-comedy about yakuza, revenge, and language barriers–and I’ve got one more in mind, a piece involving MSF, which I’ll probably start drafting today or tomorrow.

After that, it’ll be back to my regularly scheduled writing, since, it seems, I am finally over that nasty cold I had last week. I think I’ll go down to the print shop in front of campus and get my ghost story novel printed up so I can go through it with a red pen. I’m still not 100% sure I want to work on that, while I have so many short story ideas bubbling away, but I can always do some critical reading, at least, and see where it leads me, I guess.

6 thoughts on “Machine of Death Stories

  1. I saw this last week and have been plotting my own story. I have yet to begin writing, though. Should be fun.

    And I’d be up for swapping crits, if you’d be game for that kind of thing. It might give us an excuse to actually meet up, too.

  2. Hey, that’s cool.

    Yeah, I’d be up for swapping crits. I hope you don’t mind that I’ll probably have two stories, though. (And submitting both.) :)

    Meeting up would be good. And possible in February, actually. I’m not even working till March!

  3. Nah, I won’t mind reading two stories. If inspiration strikes I might do the same as well.

    Anyway, I’ll drop you a line and we can talk in more detail.

  4. Cool. I’m looking forward to it. Just remember to email me the story a couple of days before, so I will have something sensible to say about it. :)

    Of course, we could just meet for dinner and pass the stories to one another, which would be fine with me. We have until the end of March for early submissions, after all. :) Hell, that sounds like not a bad plan to me.

  5. Glad you’re feeling better. Robert caught the bug late last night.

    Doesn’t it feel good to be bitten by the idea bug?! I’ve had an itch for the last two days. One caught me unexpectedly while driving (and I since forgot it when I had a chance to write) but the other I wrote down immediately today and was able to start brainstorming.

    Also, thank you for that push…

  6. Yep, the idea bug is great. Actually, it was the Escape Pod contest that started it off, and then this was a second wave of idea-buggery. Er…

    No prob on the push. I’m a pushy sort of person. :)

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