What is Plot29 Jun 2013, Posted by Read My Story in
Since I finished work on Echo Still more than three years ago, I’ve been at work (on again off again) on a collection of loosely related short stories called Playing Possum. The collection started out as what I thought was going to be a second novel for young people, maybe this time the YA market. However, the combination of increased curiosity about the lives of characters whose own stories were not central to the main story and receiving as a gift Siobhan Fallon’s marvelous collection You Know When the Men Are Gone quickly changed my new novel into a collection of stories. I’m having a lot of fun writing the stories, and I hope to have the collection ready to show to an potential agent by Thanksgiving.
My task in my second mini-original was to give language arts teachers fodder for a discussion of plot. Here’s that micro-story, “New Kid”:
All alone in the fenced-in backyard, Rusty hurled the baseball as hard as he could into the air. When gust of wind caught the ball, Rusty ran after it.
Just over the fence he could see the kite the kids next door had been trying all morning to keep in the air. Back home, if somebody had a kite, everybody had a kite. Read more…