Stories of 2017

My writing resolution for 2017 is simple: Write and publish a brand new short story every Monday.

The plan is as follows:

  • At the end of every month, I will bundle all that month’s stories into a Kindle eBook and publish it on Amazon.
  • At the end of the year, if everything goes well, I will have with me about 150,000 words of finished short fiction. I will publish these in two anthologies: Stories of 2017: Volume One and Stories of 2017: Volume Two.
  • I am leaving January’s stories here on the page for free reading and download, but I’ve removed the subsequent ones so that I can more fully realize their publishing potential.

This is a plan primarily intended to discipline myself into writing more short fiction. But of course, I am more than happy to receive feedback on the stories. You can either email me your thoughts or leave them as comments on this post.

Finally, if you wish to receive the free story every Monday morning direct to your email, sign up to my email list and I will do the rest.


Stories of January 2017

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Story 1 – Kinnara: Last week, I read a modern retelling of the age-old Savitri story, in which Yama tells Savitri that he will spare her husband’s life if she will spend one night with him. I thought it was an interesting premise to explore more deeply, so I wrote this with my own people. Set in Palem, but for once, there is no paranormal activity.

Read ‘Kinnara’ (PDF, 65 KB)


Story 2 – RescueThis week’s story is about Mother’s Love. Since Story 1 was set in Palem, I decided to set all of January’s stories there. Going forward, each month’s stories will hang together by some common thread; that will help with bundling and anthologizing later on. This one does have some paranormal activity, but it’s (almost) benign. The title is ‘Rescue’.

Read ‘Rescue’ (PDF, 55 KB)


Story 3 – The Good Son: Whether this story has any supernatural elements is p for debate; it depends on how you read it. Personally, I enjoy writing such stories (and reading them too) because so much is told in sub-text, and there are multiple interpretations for events that take place in them. On the outside, this is a tale of a dying woman and her two sons. But as you know by now, nothing ordinary ever happens in Palem.

Read ‘The Good Son’ (PDF, 60 KB)


Story 4 – A Special Friend: Another of those tales where it’s not quite clear whether or not something supernatural happened. An inmate at Palem’s mental hospital speaks to the duty nurse about what brought him there, and reveals why he doesn’t regret having tried to kill his seven-year-old son.

Read ‘A Special Friend’ (PDF, 65 KB)


Story 5 – Bijili: This concerns Mahender Reddy, who has made guest appearances in a few Palem tales as the ‘General Store Owner’. I thought it was about time he got a meatier role than just a passing reference. An exploration of suicide, abortion and how unborn children cannot be killed but can only be sucked back into the womb. And there’s a cat in it as well.

Read ‘Bijili’ (PDF, 45 KB)


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  1. You got this ❤️


  2. Loved both stories. Look forward to reading more.


  3. commentarybox says:

    Waiting for the stories to come in as Monday cones to an end !


    • Hi Commentarybox, just in case you missed it, the first three stories are already up, for the first three Mondays of Jan 2017. I will put up each week’s new story on Sunday night or thereabouts. But they will come like clockwork, I promise 🙂


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