Not really a new publication

Uninvited Guests. "His heart was pounding. He was sure he had seen the doorknob turn."

Remember back almost a year ago when I wrote a little story based on Chris Van Allsburg’s “Uninvited Guests” from his book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick? It was for a Writer’s Notebook exercise,* and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed that story and I like revisiting it now and then. I don’t think it’s a great story, but I think it’s a fun story, so I posted it (the site calls it “published”) on, just to  give it a wider audience.

StoryStar is kind of fun, in that is promotes writing for the sake of writing rather than writing for the sake of art, and frankly, I think one aspiration is as good and beneficial as the other. That makes for a bit of a mixed bag on the site, in terms of quality, but the cool thing is you get to vote for the stories you love and bump them up the queue until they get featured on the home page’s “marquee.”

So if you have a soft spot for my little story the way I do, head over there and vote for it. And check out some of the other fun stories while you’re there. 🙂

* Actually, remember when I used to do Writer’s Notebook entries every week? Yeah, I missed last week, and I haven’t posted yesterday’s yet. That’s because I’ve been more focused on revising some existing stories and submitting stories and my story collection, which means (bad Sam!) I haven’t been doing any new writing the last couple of weeks. No excuse, but I’ll be back next week with a new Notebook, I promise.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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