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March 16, 2014
Posted at 11:33 pm

. . . A Tall Ship. . .

I write very little short fiction, mainly because the form is so inflexible.
There's no room for expansion. The whole thing is mostly what film director Alfred Hitchcock used to call the MacGuffin, the key premise around which it's based. No space to explore, to allow for character development, to engage in interesting sidetrips, to play about with secondary aspects, to develop plot.
Still, every once in a while a sort of minor MacGuffin comes into my head-a contrivance insufficiently sturdy to support more than a brief elaboration. A Tall Ship is one such; I've written a very few more. If it's well received I may consider posting some of the others.
One final thing:I know SOL is considered an erotic story site. Sorry, I don't write that. I don't object to it, but I simply find it impossible to get the words assembled in an inteligible fashion that I would enjoy reading if somebody else had written it.Mostly I like stories that place emphasis on plot and characterization, or cast a light on an area of actvity that interests me. If you're interested my favorites on SOL include such as Ryan Sylander (his Opus One remains my No. 1 on this site, and I still hold out hope that there'll someday be an Opus Two), rifj (for his wonderful if overlong do-over, A Fresh Start), and Gina Marie Wylie (her follow-ups on H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen are remarkable, and she tells me she's collaborating on a to-be-published-commercially, that is-book in that same vein). Ryan has lots of sex, but it's central to his stories; rifj has some, but it's extraneous and I mostly skip it; Gina has none in those of her stories I've read. I greatly admire all three, wthour regard to sexual content.
Anyhow, I'm afraid anything of mine is going to be either "no sex" or, at best, "minimal sex"-and the "minimal" will indeed be pretty minimal, nothing at all graphic.
And once again, a brief commercial. If you enjoy my writing. I have several novels published on Amazon. Some non-fiction books (physical ones), too, but they're in my professional field (freight transportation law and management), so probably not your thing.