We invited Literally Stories author and friend, Vic Smith, to be Editor for a day and choose three great short stories from the site. Here is what Vic had to say about the three stories he chose and why he felt they were special.
This list of my three favourite stories from Literally Stories only crystallised as I set out to write it. These are the stories that meant most to me at that moment. At another time, when I’m in a different mood or when the weather has changed, it would be a different list. The depth of talent here is too great to be summed up in such a small number.
Simple everyday events are built into a thoughtful, well-observed story with emotional depth. I find it unsettling to read, and that is a good thing. If writing doesn’t shake my comfortable view of the world, I feel disappointed.
The comings and goings in an apartment block reveal something of the lives of the people who live there. The interactions between the characters have the distance and impersonality of the big city, yet they are still people, and people take an interest in each other.
Todd has more stories here, and they all have the same depth and intelligence.
Next is Snow on the Ground by Des Kelly. This is a portrait of a relationship, drawn in deft and subtle strokes. I am envious of the style of this story. It is spare and sure. Every word deserves to be included. There is space to fill with your own imaginings. This is typical of Des’s work.
We are shown the final days of a journey that has been shared by two people, though it has not meant the same to both of them. Much is hinted at, rather than described at length. This is not a shortcoming, but a strength. We are given enough detail to appreciate their arrival at their current understanding.
There is sadness in this story. There is also acceptance and hope.
My final choice is Wireless by dm gillis, who has only just begun to submit work here. I hope that there will me much more to come. This is a funny and fast-moving story with disturbing undertones. It is witty enough to make you laugh, and the imagery is clear and real. The plot seems outlandish at first, but a suspicion will soon creep in that it might not be impossible after all. Wonderful writing like this comes from a mercurial mind.
The story starts innocently enough with a discussion on supermarket etiquette, meanders via the difficulties of incompatible home office equipment to reach a much more sinister place. It is a journey worth taking. You will be in safe hands.
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