[Video Script] The Bacon Heist

EXTERIOR. A SUBDIVISION. THREE MEN ARE WALKING TOGETHER.

ANDY BUTTON
…And did you see the look on that guy’s face when I transformed Mick and threw him like a boomerang? He was like, “Whaaaaa?”

KEVIN COX
You’d think he’d never seen a man turn into a chunk of drywall before.

MICK MUNCH
Don’t throw me around like that anymore, Andy. I’m getting dizzy again just thinking about it.

ANDY BUTTON
Would you rather be back in that alley getting curb stomped?

MICK MUNCH
No… (He sighs.) But I hate being “Chunk of Drywall Man.” If I have to be a special, why can’t I do something cool?

ANDY BUTTON
You think having detachable arms is so much better? Continue reading

New “Input Into Special People” Opportunity

Before I launch into the next major SP story arc, I want to do a shorter story based on reader input. There are several ways you can get some influence over the story, as outlined below. (For full details, check the posting on the Store.)

CREATE THE CHARACTER – $5

Create a unique character with an unusual or bizarre special ability.

CREATE THE CONFLICT – $5

Come up with the key plot element of the story.

COMPLICATE THE SITUATION – $2

For $2, you can suggest a prop or a phrase that I have to include in the story somehow.

EXTEND THE STORY – $2

For every $2, I will expand the story by another update, or roughly 500 words, up to a maximum length of 5,000 words.

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So if you’re feeling creative and have a couple of dollars to spare, please chip in!

On the Run

Leaves crackled crisply under the soles of Matt Moon’s hiking boots. He crested a small hill and paused for a moment to take in the view.

A gentle slope rolled on ahead of him down into a small meadow bordered by pine trees on three sides and a mostly dry creek bed on the fourth. Early-evening dew bowed the tips of the long wild grass, which cast swaying shadows in the light of the sinking sun. A pale crescent moon was peeking up just above the tree line, signaling the onset of dusk.

Matt inhaled a deep breath of cool, sharp air, as refreshing as a brand-new set of double-As. Actually, he could use a couple of those… Continue reading

I’m Not Dead

Radio silence on this site for almost four months… What in the world has happened to all the momentum we built?

Well, life happened to it. Work and house-buying and a little bit of burnout happened. But I’m almost back!

I’m not sure whether it’s the summer sun, a bit of breathing room at work, the excitement of our new house, or simply the passage of time, but my creative impulse is finally starting to return. In the past few weeks I’ve written several 50-word stories, started up a new 50-word story contest, and gotten two important Special People activities underway.

First, I’ve begun to construct an outline for the next big story arc, which will be a continuation of Who Killed Walter Carton? and will follow SMS, Esther, Kevin, and the rest. It’s going to be pretty explosive!

Second, I’ve written several pages of new material to extend the ending of the very first Special People story, Hands-On. Since I first wrote that story, SP has evolved quite a bit, and I’ve wanted to do a rewrite of Hands-On (and King of the Dark) to bring them more in line with the format, length, and tone of the later arcs. Writing this new conclusion is a very important step in that project. I hope to have the rest of the work on the Hands-On/King of the Dark rewrite done in the next few months, and I think it’s very doable as long as I can keep my creativity flowing. (It’ll help if people comment or touch base with me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know there’s interest!) Once the rewrite is done, I’d like to give the story a proper book release, and if that goes well I’ll move on to doing the same with the more recent arcs.

I hope you’re as excited about all of this as I am! It feels really good to have stories starting to come out of me again. I feel… alive!