The End of the World Is Better with Friends
Sid is all alone at the end of the world, with only his robot and his garden to keep him company. He tends his plot, and tries to keep his distance from Slimeball, the lake monster the aliens left behind. But a hot spell and the need for water finally forces him to the lake’s perilous shores. His clever plan to distract Slimeball goes sideways, and turns into a discovery that forever alters the way he lives his post-apocalyptic life.
This story was written for a workshop I took back in August. It’s now available in both Kindle and paperback formats. I hope you enjoy this post-apocalyptic tale of survival and friendship. It’s set in one of my favorite cities.
Tons of fun making these little paperbacks, too. They’re only $5, with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. Never done a paperback on a short story before, but they make great little gifts, and bring me joy to hold in my hands.
Christmas joy! Order a paperback of The End of the World Is Better with Friends and/or Magick Mirror, and help stuff the stockings of some happy readers.
I’ve got 2 good news updates on the writing front. I made over 2,400 words of progress on the revisions of Tales since my last update. It would have been more, but I also publishing this book, completely revamped the website, and wrote a new author bio (something I’d been putting off forever), so not a bad week.
Next time I do one of these updates, I’ll remove the newly published story from the works-in-progress list below.
Tales of the Republic, second draft … 28% complete
22,475 words revised / 80,000 estimated total words
“The End of the World Is Better with Friends” … 6k words … Status: Published!
“Centurion” … 3k words … Status: Out for submission (trade pub)
“Earworm” … 3k words … Status: Out for submission (trade pub)
“The Door Below the Comic Store” … 6k words … Status: Out for edits (indie)
“Wendigo” … 10k words … Status: Rough draft complete (tbd)
“A Body of Work” … Status: Prewriting