I have become irked at “Mockingbird.” Not because I think the story is wrong, but because I wanted to keep it short, to about 10 pages, and I’m already there and nowhere near finished. One of the roadblocks to creativity is when creativity gets bloated… the longer or more involved a project gets, the more likely it’ll get tied into knots and fail to come to pass. And this failure will make it less likely that you’ll even try to take a stab at something else.
Given my need to do things that actually pay, I haven’t a lot of time for fiction writing. Still, I wanted to see if I could actually get something reasonably short done, to convince myself that I can actually finish *something.* And one thing sprang to mind. A scene I wrote a while back that I thought was interesting but served little purpose but to needlessly bloat a longer story got chopped out and left by it’s lonesome. So I went back to it, re-read it and decided that it can form a stand-alone short story. Not much of a story, admittedly, but still, a complete yarn.
This features the same ship and crew from “Mass Disappearance” and “Launch.” No big-time adventures, just a little something that expands upon not only personalities but also technologies. The idea here occurred to me years ago when pondering a technology so common in science fiction – including my own tales. Such an interesting technology, so rarely examined.
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