Sunday, January 29, 2006

No Good Deed Unpunished

This weekend, despite being laid up with a nefarious, fiction-hating cold, I managed to polish and send off a short story entitled A Simple Kindness. It is the story of a man who finds himself caught in the center of a violent, dangerous game, all because of a spontaneous act of goodwill. Though it's set in the present, the story is very much the product of my recent hard-boiled binge. At 2,391 words, it's short, taut, and full of plot. If I'm to trust my tried-and-true test audience, it's also pretty good, but seeing as how they are all, well, related to me, I guess the jury's still out on that one. It's out of my hands now, though. All that's left is to cross my fingers and wait. Oh, and NyQuil. Lots and lots of NyQuil.