I just wanted to let everyone know that my story, “The Unknowable Agenda of Ursines,” just went live in issue 43 of “Crack the Spine,” page 6. If people leave comments on the story at http://www.crackthespine.com/2012/10/issue-forty-three.html it will increase the chances of the story getting into a print issue as well. Check it out, leave comments. Leave complimentary ones if you want it to get into a print issue, or critical ones if you don’t.
Regardless, I thought this was a fun story to talk about today because I actually have some idea where it came from. The story was entertaining to me, so I thought I’d share it. The origin of most of my stories isn’t as fun, so I’ve got to grab this where I can.
You see, this all starts with a friend of mine getting attacked by a bear. Okay, maybe he wasn’t exactly attacked…a bear jumped on his car. I don’t know why (I believe he drove away and the bear fell off, if I have the facts straight…which I may not), and I suspect he doesn’t know either. Anyway, he happened to tell me about what happened and it stuck in my mind. It just seemed so bizarre that a bear had actually jumped on his car.
However, I still didn’t have my story. At this point, it was just some strange thing floating around in my head.
Then, on a completely unrelated note, my friend happened to make a comment about one of my other stories getting published. I was having quite a successful run of acceptances and he mentioned that we should take my luck to a casino. I informed him that this was actually a bad idea. I have terrible luck at gambling. In fact, my wife doesn’t allow me to stand too close when she plays roulette out of fear that my bad gambling luck will contaminate her.
But…that wasn’t the end of the matter. My friend’s suggestion to take my run of acceptances luck to a casino collided in my brain with his story of the bear jumping on his car. It was like a speed round in an old pinball game in my head, and I suspect there might have been some short circuiting involved. Regardless, an idea germinated that later became “The Unknowable Agenda of Ursines.”
You see, I started thinking…what if a guy is lucky enough to survive a bear attack? What if he takes that luck to a casino? What if the bear is the one that realizes how lucky the guy is and is the one that makes him gamble? Some other strange things happened in my head, but that is basically the story of the story.
In any event, check out the story in issue 43 of “Crack the Spine,” page 6 and then leave comments on it at http://www.crackthespine.com/2012/10/issue-forty-three.html if you want to help the chances of it getting into a print issue as well.