Ah, the short story. Such lovely, petite packages of beginnings, middles and ends! Many devotees of the short story find themselves speeding through shabby copies of literary magazines while sitting in waiting rooms. But what if there was another option?
Well, here it is! You can have the WHOLE story without having to purchase a subscription or having to pilfer copies from your health care providers. You can read it in stunning 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, with absolutely NO advertisements! And best of all, in the long run, you can support the creation of a larger collection of short stories coming out later this year.
“Mrs. Shushman Says Goodbye” is the story of a woman who has long cheated death only to find death rummaging in her closet during The Morton Downey Jr Show. For a mere $2, you can have a PDF of “Mrs. Shushman” sent to your e-mail with an e-mail message from me thanking you for your support. Would you like to do more? How about putting yourself or someone you know as a character in this story? This is a very short kickstarter campaign. By raising the $250, I will be able to pay for postage, and send nice, clean, unbent copies in big envelopes with cardboard inserts via the U.S. Postal Service. PLUS, I will be able to go to an event where “Mrs. Shushman” will be critiqued by other writers thereby making her story even better. Most packages will be mailed out mid-September. Rewards including the anthology of short stories will have the anthology delivered separately as soon as it is produced which should be Spring of 2013.
Mrs. Shushman Says Goodbye
Death sat on the top row staring at the orange, sickly glow of the streetlamps. Several teenagers near the treeline behind the bleachers drank beer and smoked dope. The awkward guffaws of boys trying to posture as men and the giggles of girls willing to let them prove it echoed across the mostly vacant fields. None of them looked at Death. To them, the dark, huddled figure sitting alone seemed nothing more than another bum loitering in the park.
And Death felt a bit like one. Having spent so much time in ---
You've just been called in to your appointment. Do you want to know what happens? Are you considering slipping the magazine into your purse? If so, please consider supporting “Mrs. Shushman Says Goodbye."
All stories from this project will be collected and used in an anthology coming out Spring 2013. My ultimate goal is to do this and projects like this with other short stories from the collection in order to fund the production of this anthology. The anthology will cost $1900 (including printing, professional services and registrations of copyright and ISBN). With 10 stories projected for the anthology, that means each story has to raise about $190. If each campaign raises this amount beyond the target for every short story produced, the anthology will be right on track.
So, why $250? $250 covers the cost of paper, printing, postage, packing materials, and the cost of having "Mrs. Shushman Says Goodbye" critiqued by other writers ($65). Everything above that goes to the anthology. If I am able to raise $375, then Mrs. Shushman will have paid her full share towards the anthology. $1325 will mean that the six stories mentioned in this campaign will have paid their way... So, every pledge counts!
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If you would like something interesting to write about "Mrs. Shushman Says Goodbye:"
Mrs. Shushman has long cheated death, until one night during the Morton Downey Jr. Show, she finds Death rummaging in her closet. A fantasy story about the way we look at life when death is sitting on our sofa eating crackers.
Yes! it is #byebyeMrsShushman
Many of my stories have romantic elements in them. Mrs. Shushman does not. I write fantasy, science fiction, and dabble in horror. I chose the "heart" theme because this whole project is my heart. It is an opportunity for many of my favorite short stories to see the published light of day. Mrs Shushman and the story "A Day In The Real" are both fantasies. "The Date" is general fiction. The high school reunion story I am working on is general fiction in a science fiction setting with a very strong romantic element. The story "The Minimalist" which will be a bonus story should I make the stretch goal of $375, is science fiction with an emotionally satisfying albeit somewhat stomach churning ending.
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