I have committed to nothing. Therefore I have committed to something. The first sentence is now moot, and this story will eat itself.
(character count, with title: 99)
The Cynic's Civic Duty
Nothing changed. Nothing would ever change.
But there was always a bake sale.
Over four months have gone by since the appearance of the last Twitterstory. Since that time, A Little Soul has become available for all digital readers (iPad, iPod, iPhone; Kindle; Nook; Kobo) and also a slightly revised print-on-demand version.
The reasons the weekly installments stopped are numerous, but ultimately negligible. And, yes, there is an intention to produce another collection at some unknown date in the future, but there's some famous quote about intentions that I just can't think of right now. The good news is that with this installment the weekly Twitterstory returns, with all new stories that have not appeared on the site or in any version of the book.
As always, thank you.
(character count, with title: 107)
"Excuse me, ma'am? You wanted the mayonnaise on the side, right?"
No one ever called her ma'am again.
Now that the print version of "A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories" is available, it is time for a "Behind the Music" feature on the inspiration for the stories and titles.
Some readers and friends have noticed that some stories share the name as certain pop songs. To this I must say these readers have great tastes in music. But they are correct: song titles and lyrics heavily influence my writing and did play a part in the making of this book.
With the exception of "A Little Soul", I have listed the songs in the same order as the story it influenced appears in the book. I have also made note of the very few instances where a story appeared in the print version but not the eBook version.
Good listening and, as always, thank you.
"A Little Soul"
(A Little Soul - Pulp)
"This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave"
(This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave - Pet Shop Boys)
"Was It Something I Said?"
(Was It Something I Said - OMD)
"It's a Long, Long Way From Where You Want To Be"
(Pandora's Box - OMD)
"'Singer In the Band Made Me Want to Cry'"
(Country Mile - Camera Obscura)
(He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot - Grandaddy)
(Bowl of Oranges - Bright Eyes)
(Velvet Morning - The Verve)
"Temptation" (print version only)
(Temptation - New Order)
"Know By Heart" (print version only) (published in different form as "Conclusion" in eBook)
(Know By Heart - The American Analog Set)
Three weeks left: explanation to follow shortly. This story also did not appear in the collection A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories. Bonus story.
Twitterstory 57: You Can't Run Away From Yourself
(Character count, including title: 118)
"On an island I'll finally escape," he thought.
But his thoughts were still with him.