Posts Tagged ‘ Short Story ’

Desirée Lee’s “Money Laundering”

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As all of you know, I’m very happily married to bestselling, critically-acclaimed, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee. Haven’t checked out her work yet? You’re depriving yourself of a great experience, and a fantastic read! Might I suggest “Money Laundering” on your Kindle?

For dry cleaning clerk Iina Whitmer, life in Lunaville is rife with odd coincidences. It only gets stranger when a handsome attorney, missing socks, and $50,000 are involved!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“King of Fools”

A while back I was re-sharing the short stories I’ve had published over the years. I just realized that I missed one – a fantasy short titled “King of Fools“. Since this piece first got published several fans and readers have told me that it feels like the prologue to a larger story. Some of them have asked me to write such a project. What do you all think? Do you like this story? Would you like to see it expanded into something larger? Let me know, please!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Mirror’s Image”

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My previously-published short stories are all on-line again. Today I’d like to share one with you called “Mirror’s Image“. Please click on the title to go to the story, and check it out.

“Mirror’s Image” is something I wrote years ago. It’s intended for teen and YA readers. The idea for it was sparked by reading several cases of supernatural entities using mirrors as portals, or gateways, to our world. Basically, three siblings unwittingly unleash an evil creature from an old mirror they find in the attic of their grandmother’s house.

At the time, this short story was one of the longest – if not the longest – project I’d written. That record, of course, has been shattered several times over. Still, it felt like a major undertaking at the time. Normally, I don’t outline short stories; I just sit and write them, already knowing where I want the plot to go. “Mirror’s Image” was one of the few times I outlined a short story. Writing the outline was harder than writing the actual rough draft! That’s usually what happens for me. If the outline is easy, the first draft of the manuscript is difficult. If the outline is difficult, then the rough draft goes smoothly.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Cereal Stalker” Revisited

A couple of years ago I tried an experiment on this blog. I posted a serial short story at a rate of one part per week for five weeks. It was light-hearted piece that made Desirée Lee – now my wife, then my girlfriend – simply give me an astonished look, and mutter, “You’re insane.” Granted, “Cereal Stalker” was a bit of a bizarre concept. Maybe it was too much so. The reaction to it was very underwhelming. Still, I thought that, given the time that has since passed, I’d link back to it. Anyone who enjoyed it can reread it without having to go looking for the original five posts. And, those of you who missed it, or have joined me since those posts went up, can read them now.

Why do I say that “Cereal Stalker” had a bizarre concept? Simple. It did. The protagonist in the story is a man named Chance Bainbridge. He has an unusual super power. Chance temporarily acquires various abilities from consuming children’s breakfast cereals, tapping into the collected imaginations of children stirred up by those cereals’ mascots and marketing efforts. In short, the more excited children are about a given cereal, the more powerful Chance becomes upon eating it. Hey, I keep saying it’s bizarre. To make it easy for you, here are the five parts of “Cereal Stalker”:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Looking back, I’m not sure what spurred this idea. I’m guessing I was eating cereal at the time. I honestly don’t remember, though. It just popped into my mind, and I ran with it, coupling it with the serial format – see what I did there? – as an experiment. So, read it, or reread it, and find out just why Desirée thought I was insane for this idea.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Keeper”

The short stories that I’ve had published in the past are all on-line again. Here’s an old one titled “Keeper“. “Keeper” is one of the longer short stories I’ve written. It was one of my earliest attempts at trying my hand at the fantasy genre – an area where most of my published work now resides.

For the past few days, I’ve been talking on and off here about inspiration for work, and where it comes from. I’ve mentioned that I simply don’t recall where the ideas for a lot of my past work came from now. “Keeper” falls into that category. I remember working on it. I remember thinking of some of the various elements I wanted to work into the story – the troll, especially; trolls are the fantasy genre equivalent of hyenas, but I love them! But I don’t remember where the overall story concept came from.

Still, I hope you all enjoy reading – or rereading, as the case may be for those of you who have been supporting my writing career since it first began – this story. Please let me know. I always enjoy hearing from my fans!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Memories

Lately, I keep thinking back over my publishing credits, and thinking about the various projects I’ve worked on over the years. At first, I kept trying to get a novel published. That book was “Winter’s Rite”, which I first began as the final assignment of the course on children’s literature that I took years ago. Frustrated at not being able to get “Winter’s Rite” into print, I turned my attention to short stories. My first-ever piece of published work was a short story titled “Faerie Bloom”. That was, I think, in the summer of 2002.

Now, I have over thirty short stories published, along with nine books of varying length. Those projects have led me into screenwriting, too. My long-time love of the hobby of comic books has led me into work in that field, too. These things have been a mix of work I’ve been hired to do, and creator-owned projects.

One question I get asked a lot is where my ideas come from. People want to know what inspired a given book, short story, comic book story, or movie. Looking back, I’m sorry to have to say that I honestly don’t remember where most of the inspiration for my past work came from. A few I do, but not most.

Would fans and readers like for me to start including blurbs about the inspiration for a given piece of work for current and future projects here as I announce them? Please let me know!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Overthrown”

The short stories I’ve had published in the past are on-line again. Here’s one from years ago, titled “Overthrown“.

“Overthrown” was one of my first science fiction pieces. At the time, it was one of the longest – if not the longest – thing I’d ever written. Looking back, I don’t even remember what inspired “Overthrown” now. I do remember being excited about the concept of writing a story involving robots. I also remember this taking far, far longer to write than it should have, given it’s status and word count as a short story. I just don’t remember why it took such a disproportionate amount of time to write.

Hopefully you all enjoy reading “Overthrown” – be it for the first time, or reading it again for those of you who have been with me for the long haul. Please write and let me know. Hearing from my fans is always a pleasure!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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