While it isn't *very* good (being a first draft), I think I have something here.
I'm writing a story that deals with identity (a recurring theme of mine) and the problems of fitting in and being yourself. It's in somewhat of a sci-fi setting (with suits, transporters, and laser guns) but could be altered to be post-apocalyptic or steampunk as well. We'll see how later drafts are revised.
Since I've reached my daily goal I'll be doing more reading this afternoon -- magazines I'm thinking of submitting the story to as well as some more about how to write short stories.
If you want to read along with me, check these out:
Lightspeed (Reading selected short stories from this publication to see if my story would be a good fit)
Strange Horizons (see above)
8 Unstoppable Rules for Writing Killer Short Stories
On Revising Short Stories
And, bonus, here's what I'm listening to while I write:
Happy reading! Join me tomorrow for another First Line Friday! I will say, tomorrow's post is going to be EPIC. Scream-worthy. If you happen to be a fan of a certain thirteen book series...
UPDATE: Spent the afternoon combing through Lightspeed (LOVE IT -- they even have audio versions of the stories!) and found this story about time travel and this story about memory to be exceptional.
I didn't find as much on Strange Horizons but will continue to comb through it over the weekend.
The two short story articles were very helpful and I ended up taking a whole page of notes. I've started scribbling sideways and slantwise on my notebook paper in order to keep it interesting. My brain is functioning a bit more fully as a result of being forced to work off-kilter.
See you tomorrow for First Lines!