Finally, after almost two years to the day, ‘Big City Secrets” will arrive at the printer tomorrow. It’s been a long process, and I’ll blog about the printing process in a week or so once the book is printed.
I’m spending the weekend going over the entire book looking for typos or art that needs to be touched up. I know I’ll find a big mistake as soon as the book is printed.
Anyway, I finished up a short story a few weeks back for an upcoming comic anthology. The topic that the contributors needed to follow was “fear”. I am sure the publisher was expecting a lot of horror stories, or autobiographic stuff, but I did a funny story. At least I hope it’s funny. I am certain it won’t get included in the book but I had fun doing it.
Truth is, I love doing stories that have a theme to follow. I submitted two other stories recently, one with a theme, the other one without one. The themed anthology was about jobs in the food service industry or something, and I came up with an idea right away, a short comic called “Trapped In The Drive Thru’. But the other didn’t have a theme to follow and it took a week to think of something. Eventually I had to ask my friends for an idea and Brian Bastian came up with ‘bowling’. I banged out a bowling story within a few days. That story is called “Instant Karma”.
Themed stories are a lot of fun to do. I like having some sort of guideline to follow. When they turn out, they are usually some of my favorite ideas. I also like it when a story has to be a certain length.
The “fear” story is called “My Silent Fear” and since I doubt very much it will be accepted into the anthology, I am posting it here.