Sometimes, against his better judgement, he shares some of his REALLY old writing.

Question: How does a teenaged author fit influences and inspirations from Andre Norton, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, and Madeleine L’Engle into a short story of fewer than three thousand words?

Answer: I’m still trying to figure out how it happened, and the story was written (and published in a small-press magazine) more than a quarter of a century ago.

In case you haven’t seen it yet (because I forgot to mention it — d’oh!), I’ve added one of my short stories here.

I’m sharing this story as-is — it’s so old that there are double spaces after the ends of sentences (decades ago, that was the correct way to type) — so you can see what a certain genetically engineered grammar ninja was doing as a seventeen-year-old. (If you’ve read “Solitude,” you may detect faint echoes of a setting in that story. One advantage of playing with a large multiverse is that I don’t have to justify recycling and repurposing story elements, because there’s a built-in reason for this sort of thing. Honestly, I just went through some of my old fiction, looking for a setting I could adapt, and the lone island in an apparent world-ocean said, “Pick me! Pick me!”) 

 

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to Sometimes, against his better judgement, he shares some of his REALLY old writing.

  1. What fun! I will definitely check out those shorts. Any references to James Tiptree, Jr.? Because that would be the only really neat thing to do.

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