Finished a new short story called “The Curse.” This one’s a very peculiar story and it’s on the long side—about 10,000 words. Speculative fiction, coming of age.
Half of the story is dedicated to detailing the effects of “the Curse,” a change that suddenly and without warning or explanation was visited upon everyone on the planet. Suddenly everyone’s vision has shifted to include other input.
The progression of humanity’s acceptance of the Curse is one plot, and the activities of Balthazar—Zarry to his friends—make up the other plot, interspersed with the first in a switching pattern. Zarry’s mission is to remove the Curse from mankind, which ultimately involves his intellectual battle with the Keeper of the Sight.
It’s really more of a commentary on human nature than anything else, but I dunno who’s gonna get it. I’ll see if any magazines want it.