Thursday, June 02, 2011

Arthur's Story: A Story Made Stranger By Being True

This novella (11K words) was very popular when I posted it on my blog in November 2010. It is now available on Kindle for 99 cents. I hope you will give it a try. Thanks!
Recently author Anne Rice posted some videos on YouTube of talks she has done for students via Skype. They are interesting and insightful and prompted some good discussions on her Facebook page. I have often noticed Ms. Rice mentions “dreaming” her characters which is something I can certainly relate to. I recently read Robert Olen Butler's From Where You Dream, his book about writing, and he, too, speaks of writing from your dream spaces.

All of this felt real to me because I often find myself dreaming and day-dreaming characters and parts of stories and sometimes I don't even know what is going on. Last winter a very strange thing happened and it seems to fit in here so I decided to tell the tale. For a number of weeks, just as I was in that twilight space before falling completely asleep, I “dreamed” a story. I have to stress that I did nothing to provoke this, it just came all on its own and unfolded slowly, bit by bit. Some nights it would start over from the beginning, sometimes it would start from a new place, sometimes nothing happened. But as the weeks went by and the story, my little bedtime movie, continued to play I decided to try writing it down.

It took several weeks to “get” the story and, once it was written I had no idea what to do with it. For a long time I thought maybe it would work its way into the novel I am currently working on because that novel includes a fabulous garden but, as the novel is progressing, I realize this story has no place in it. It is too long to be a background story but not long enough to be a book of its own. Maybe it would fit into a collection of short stories, I don't know.

For a long time I've had this theory that there is some kind of a parallel universe populated with characters who all want their stories told and they are always in search of someone willing to “run the pen” while they tell it. In a way I think Arthur, the subject of my story, may be one of those. He wanted his story told and so he crept into my dreams and kept nagging me until I told it. So, since I have a feeling he's going to keep bugging me until I do something with his tale, I've decided to offer it through Kindle. And I can get back to work on Depraved Heart (working title).

So, here it is. I've posted it to Kindle for 99 cents. Please enjoy and your comments are always appreciated: Arthur's Story: A Love Story (A Novella).

Thanks for reading.


  1. Love love LOVE this story! You are such a great storyteller. Thanks so much for putting this one out in the world.

  2. Thank you so much, Carla. I love it too -- it makes me cry every time I read it...

  3. OMG! What a sweet story. I hope you write more like this one.

  4. I LOVE this story! Thank you so much!

  5. What a beautiful story and so perfect for Christmas - even if he did get his Christmas present so many years later.

  6. I love this story. I have such a visual picture of what his attic was like. I hope this is in your new short story collection!

  7. Yes, it is in the new short story collection. I wasn't sure if it would make it in but it did. Thanks to all for your kind words!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving12:30 PM, November 25, 2010

    I just discovered your blog and am sitting here with tears running down my face. That was a beautiful story and sure is perfect for today. Thanks.


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