As you can see, I even made a cover and a blurb to go along with it, and finished them, too!
Obviously, the title of the story is Shadows and Smoke. Should you want to read it, it's right up there on the menu.
It turned out darker than I'd originally imagined it. Not that the target of revenge was ever going to have a happy, happy time of it. But things happened. Bad things. I'm not sure if my muse is really sociopathic or if my brain is past the “best if used by” date.
But, what the hey, I'm SO happy with the way the story turned out. I may end up being the only person on the third rock from the sun to read it, but it's an accomplishment that exceeded my original expectations, and how often does that happen?
I hope some of you read it. And like it. Or you read it and say, “Oh my god, how could you...?!” What could be more satisfying for a writer than making their readers feel something?
I finished the story by the end of the year like I'd promised myself, and got it ready to post -- and posted it! -- in the first month of the new year. 2016 is off to a not-bad start.
By the way, if you leave a comment for Shadows and Smoke, I'll put in a good word for you with Santa. If you've read my story “Merry Disfunctional Christmas!” you know I have insider info on the overworked, philandering, sleigh-riding old geezer, so my connection at the North Pole must be good. And if you're not of the Christmas-y persuasion, I'll ... hmmm ... name a comet after you. Okay, sure, it won't be official, but we'll know, right?
Happy reading in 2016! There's a world of books out there, so enjoy! :-}