A Look Back at Five of My Early Stories You May Have Missed
Four days ago, I reached the milestone of one year writing on this site. At the end of that first month I had published six stories and had 11 followers (two of them were family members and at least half of the rest were bots); as I write this today, I have published 503 stories and have over 3K followers, for which I am extremely grateful. One thing that is clear, however, is that some of my favorite (and I think best) stories from those early days simply did not get seen, and as a writer that bothers me.
It’s not surprising, of course. Unless you have unlimited time on your hands, you are not going to scroll back through a year’s worth of articles. Even using the List feature here will only draw a few views to older stories. But since I am still in the afterglow of that one year/500 story mark, I thought I would share a few of my favorite stories from those first few months when I had absolutely no clue what I was doing (I still really don’t, but that’s a whole separate article).
It’s only fitting to start off with the first story I ever published here. It’s one that remains relevant for every writer, whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for decades.
This next story is my answer to the question we are all asked at some point, usually by a parent wondering when we’re going to find a “real” job.
We all know fiction gets fewer views than most any other topic, and this early story was no exception. If you’ve ever had to interview potential employees, you’ll get this one.