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I haven’t done much in the way of writing, and I blame self-pity and depression on that, so anytime I can stretch my wings just a little bit, I’m a happy girl. I also love a challenge.
See, there’s this site called Daily Nightmare and it invites folks to submit post their bizarre nightmares for public consumption, think Creepy Pasta without the rambling paragraphs and the added bonus of an actual payoff. In turn, writerly folks were invited to take one of those nightmares and create a story based upon the essence of the nightmare – and do it in exactly 100 words.
A challenge – sure! My story is based on the Nightmare #122 “Baby Traps” http://dailynightmare.com/2008/01/26/nightmare-122-baby-traps/ which left me 98 words with which to play.
Now I don’t want you to think this is just another anthology of words and stories – you have to dig the typography. Usually when I receive something I’m published in, I flip right to my story, the illustration created for me, read it to cringe over any typos I missed the first 300 times I read it for errors, and toss it on the shelf. Seriously – don’t ask me who else is in it or what their stories were about because I have no idea.
This however – THIS is beauty. This is an anthology where the words are characters and dance across the page as if alive. It’s a beautiful read no matter if it’s paper of pixels and every story feels vibrant.
By the way, if you’re not reading the articles and blog ion Daily Nightmare, you’re missing out.