My story Redaction now appears in Issue 11 of the magazine Compelling Science Fiction. You can read it online for free, or get the whole bundle of 7 total stories for kindle. Compelling's stories tend toward plausible near-future SF, which is becoming an increasingly wild sub-genre in these dystopian times.
I wrote the first draft of Redaction a few years ago, and it is my only published work that draws on my professional experience as a paramedic. At the time, I wanted to honor the beginning writer's maxim write what you know. There is some truth to this advice, and some deception. Writing what you know is a good way to build on your available knowledge, but it also risks descent into minutia and "inside baseball" that bores readers and distracts from the real story. So, much of the work in revising Redaction involved stripping out all the bits that made the story more accurate (for me) and less readable (for everyone else). I hope you enjoy the result.
If you, like me, loved the background music from the stop-motion animation in the last post, check out more music by Poppy Ackroyd. It reminded me a bit of the work of Zoe Keating, whose music has played in the background of thousands of words I've written. Ackroyd's piece that accompanies the video is here.
This brief meditation on stop-motion animation (which transforms into a piece by the puppets themselves) is equally applicable to writing stories. I think about characters and places in things I'm writing the same way I might worry over someone I care about.
I just love learning about things that have always been around me, only hidden.