Today's post will mark the official return of Flashing Georgie's Shorts. After a five week hiatus, my world famous short story blog is back in action. New and improved, it will contain the following features for your enjoyment and enlightenment:
1} The medium short story that was and will always be the trademark on what I write, will now be featured in serialized form. Each week's post will have links for the prior installments, so that you can stay up to speed. Also, each week's post on this blog will contain a brief summation on the action leading up to that week's installments.
2} To break up the pacing between stories (ain't nothing worse than ending one story and going right into the next one without a break), the occasional piece of flash fiction will be featured, as well as brief excerpts on whatever I happen to be working on at the given time.
3} I gave it a lot of thought and have decided to post my stories in the form of two pages per installment. Thus, a ten page story (like the first one being featured) will last five weeks, as opposed to ten weeks. Also, I'll be showing only one post at a time on the blog.
4} The one thing that will remain the same, is that it will continue to be posted every Wednesday.
The first story that will be appearing on FSG is called The Right Thing. The background on this story was pretty much the same as with the other stories that appeared on FSG: I got inspired by something that happened during my day-to-day activities, which in this case was doing my Saturday morning errands and stopping at CVS. At my stop, I happened to observe a rather good looking lady in her mid-30's doing some shopping with her husband and son. This lady made such a lasting impression that was I inspired to write a story about her.
What made this story particular story different from the other forty-one stories that were previously posted, was that it featured some background flavoring in the form of our town's local 4th of July celebration called "The Extravaganza!". I believe this was the very first time that I used a well known event (albeit local) as a major backdrop for a story. The other item that made this story stand out, was the fact that it blew up in my face. The further along I got in writing it, the more difficult it became to keep it under my self-imposed cap of four pages.
So, without further ado, here is the first installment of my short story entitled The Right Thing.