Speculative Stories – Inventivity #1 – Big In China Short Fiction Competition

This post kicks off another all-new on-going installment focused on the creation of speculative stories. The title is a bit limiting but for the time being it will suffice. The intention behind the series is to provide you and me with a catalyst for the creation of new writing.

The format will vary from quotes to articles,  picture to poems,  anything  that I can think up that will kickstart the creative process. I’ll try and come up with a deadline so we have something to focus towards.

If you decide to participate in this exercise, let me know in the comments below and I can determine how we can best share and discuss our finished writing. If you have other ideas on how to do this – please let me know. This is all new to me and would like to create something that works for as many people as possible.

Whatever I write will be posted back online for everyone to read.

The idea catalyst is actually being provided by a short fiction competition by H.A.L. Publishing. The details are below. Read through it carefully to make sure you understand. The finished piece is due by 10/1/12 – so we can work on this over the next 3 weeks together.

I can’t take any credit for knowing about this article ahead of time. This competition was posted by Kiersi on the Prolific Novelista blog. Check it out!

So with that…it is time to dive on in. Hopefully we get some interested takers. I’ll see you in a few weeks time with a finished piece!


H.A.L. Publishing is proud to announce its first international short fiction (1,500 words) competition, The Big In China Short Fiction Competition. Deadline for entry is October 1, 2012 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Winners will be announced by October 15, 2012.

via Big In China Short Fiction Competition.


My Writing – Mister Meaner

This post kicks off an all-new on-going installment focused on my speculative fiction. It will contain completed and work-in-progress pieces from my youth through today.  The content will very in complexity, sophisitication and polish. The intention is to give me a reason to re-read my work, share my pieces and insights with the broader community, and hopefully connect and grow with like-minded individuals.

Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.

The first story is called Mister Meaner – written in 1994. The story is about a boy who attempts to steal a toy model from a drugstore to make good on a dare. It is a dramatization of an actual incident that happen to me as a child. 

After re-reading it, I wondered if I looked like Jayne from Firefly / Serenity with a “stupid” looking hat on my head. I have no idea how I believed I could pull off what was attempted in this story.

I must have stood out as much as Jayne did in his hat!

Close approximation of the model that was discussed in this story

The story can be found here: Mister Meaner

A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.