I’m kicking off my bookish advent calendar with a brand new (very) short story! At under 300 words long, it’s a light and fun story that’ll only take a minute or so to read. Scroll down to read!
I wanted to capture something familiar to many of us lately: long evenings of streaming TV at home with housemates, partners and/or kids during various lockdowns. And in order to keep the word count right down, I decided to make the entire story dialogue only. I’ve colour-coded it for ease of reading.
For the non-Kiwis in the audience, some te reo Māori translations:
- auē = heck / what / no way.
- taihoa = wait / not yet.
- āe = yes / OK.
I sent this out last month to the fine people on my mailing list (you can join here too if you like). But for everyone else, I’m releasing this short story for Day 1 of my advent calendar. I’ve given it a permanent home on my website here, or if you’d prefer to read, like, or share via the socials, you can find it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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If you didn’t enjoy this, perhaps you’d prefer one of my other short stories… No? Worth a shot.