I’m not mad at Amazon for putting my paperback on sale, I just wish they would tell me, so I can inform readers. They’d make more sales that way, right?
Want to read the first story? It is one of my shortest and gave me the title for the book.
The Knot at the End of the Rope
I had a dog once. His favorite toy was a rope. He would bring it to me, but he didn’t want me to throw it. Just try to take it from me, he seemed to taunt. I tried but never could get it away from him. His jaws would clamp down onto the knot at the end of the rope, not relinquishing their grip, so that I ended up spinning him around by the rope until his feet left the ground. I feel like that dog right now.
My instinct, when the hatch blew, was to grab the first thing I could. Unfortunately, the tether I am currently hanging on to was attached to said hatch. I’m accelerating toward the planet’s surface, and I can’t let go. Well, it’s more that my brain won’t let me. If I let go, I have zero chance of survival, but if I hang on, I’ll have less than that. I wonder if that’s how my dog felt. I bet he didn’t feel himself getting warmer.
I miss him.
I told you it was short.
Now about that punctuation. I just happened to be flipping through my book, The Second View, to check on a fact that I don’t want to contradict in The Final View, when I saw this:
Easy to miss. Two little dots. More than a full stop, not quite an ellipsis. All typo.
Fortunately, it is easy to fix and upload the new manuscript to Amazon. Now I have some limited edition paperbacks in my possession to go along with the copies of book one that have no page numbers.
Don’t forget to read the next installment of The View from Here:
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
Book Two the The View from Here trilogy is now available: The Second View
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