Nov 172010
 
The San Andreas Fault where it separates the Point Reyes peninsula from the mainland.

The San Andreas Fault where it separates the Point Reyes peninsula from the mainland.

So for my first step, I decided to write a flash fiction story.  I thought that if I had a project which was short (1,000 words or fewer), and had rules (like requiring links and some connection to Pasadena), it might be finite enough not to be overwhelming. I had certain things I wanted to try with this first story:

  • A beginning, middle, and end
  • Recognizable characters
  • A happy ending

The result was a story called San Andreas Fault.  It is now published in the flash fiction anthology Rose City Sisters, run by my friend Paula Johnson.  I am very happy with how the story came out.  It is not a great story, per se.  But it has all the elements I wanted to be in the story, so in that sense, it is a success. The original draft was almost twice the final length.   You can read it here.  I like the longer version better. I am not yet adept at super efficient writing.

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