I’m easing my way back into the publishing game, and have an experimental short story I’m considering shipping out, because I sort of like it. I was interested in some feedback, though, because it’s a bit mysterious at the moment (that comes based on previous feedback) and I’m trying to decide how best to smooth it out. I originally prepared and submitted it a long time ago to the first FWG Anthology (themed around music), but pulled it after I realized that it was more obtuse than I thought it was, even if I couldn’t fully admit that to myself at the time (belated thanks to the other two anthology judges for pointing this out to me). But I still like the concept, so I recently gave it another try.
It’s around 3300 words long. But fair warning: I gave it a nontraditional structure, and have left room for interpretation, so you may have to put in some extra effort to guess what I thought I was going for. Like I said… experimental. It has a plot (perhaps more accurately three plots, actually, taking place in tandem), but it’s less about that and more about exploring a concept. In this case the concept is how different people deal with their status as minorities in a society that hasn’t quite figured out how to be properly inclusive. Ooooo~ heavy stuff. But I’m trying to use the furry “genre” to tackle more literary subjects, because hey, I think it could be used for that.
I note the guidelines here state I can post the whole thing, but others seem to be sending stuff via e-mail, so I’ll do it that way as well. If interested, let me know where I should send it.
And yes, I am up for a bit of tit-for-tat if desired. If you want me to critique something of yours, send it my way. I also need to practice giving critiques.
Thanks in advance to any interested parties.