A deviation from stories past, set off on it’s maiden voyage via Vella – an installment sort of thing angled towards the phone readers with limited attention spans. That is, myself.
RFTS was not written for it. Explicitly. I was in one of those places where I often am, of restlessness. Not wanting to read anything involved, not wanting any major projects: NBA playoffs had concluded and so there was a minute in the day for anything.
Reach for the stars. I just started writing and it felt like it was going to be a very short story. Because, I didn’t want to get too involved. Also, not a lot of thought was put into the start of it.
After a couple brief chapters, i became invested, like i always do.
Wanted to keep the chapters short to go along with what was written.
Reach for the stars, I wrote, and i started thinking about a long-time thought that was a bit dry and uninspiring, but chewy enough that it remained a consideration for a while.
Probably, a decade.
That is an early element of the story, but not a focus – which is the characters.
I saw the Vella thing, but distracted.
As i started to get into this, however, I looked back at it, and it seemed like it might be a good fit for the non-committal effort.
So, there it began, which can partially explain the two-page chapters.
It was a blast to write. A campy, low-grade, glib sci-fi tromp.
Probably the most fun, light-weight story I’ve ever written.
So much fun, i kept writing istallments.
Added, Lost in the stars, Shining star, and finally the stars aligned.
The last one never made it to Vella, and at it’s start, I’d decided to collect them but keep the form. Consequently, Reach for the stars is four short installments brought together.
Since the alignment with the stars never made it to Vella, anyone that made it through the three can shoot an email, or whatever, and i’ll find it for you: Vella rules of engagement prohibit anything published otherwise from being added to Vella.