This article originally appeared at Storycade on October 7, 2014
I’m not the most curious pup in the litter. When Michael Lutz’s “My Father’s Long, Long Legs” hit MetaFilter last November and scorched my brain stem, I assumed it was the thousand-hour effort of a lone HTML5 gunman. I even glanced at the source, thought, “Huh. Never heard of ‘Twee’,” and didn’t even bother to Google it. This pup stayed in the crate.
Imagine my shock this month when a more astute acquaintance explained that, like MyFLLL, hundreds of enhanced fiction experiences are being created on the open-source, beloved, and blossoming platform of Twine. The possibilities of Twine are exhilarating. Its future is glorious. I’m convinced teeming hordes are going to want in, and they’re coming. If a late adopter like me is at your gate, the barbarians are on the march.
The gyro caught fire. Not the whole station, strictly speaking, but the compartments with air and climate control and other things Dennis was partial to. At the kitchenette’s canopy window, he watched it burn. Smoke puffed out of the opposite inner rim as if a passing giant had stumbled onto their big spinning wheel and stuck a cosmic cigar butt in it.
Cover art by Michael Ellis of New Mexico’s 7000 BC art collective.
This story would not have gone anywhere without the guidance of an Extremely Handsome Man and critiques from the Scribophile community, which continues to help me overcome bad habits and excessive word counts. If you are there, come by and say ‘hey.’
Duotrope has been invaluable for tracking submissions, for there have been a lot of submissions. A lot.
If you have an idea and are thinking about writing… if you have a story and are thinking about showing it to someone… if you have shown it to someone and are thinking about submitting it… DO IT.