Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Story Behind - Making Worf Proud

Another abandoned story start that I finished on this #60DayChallenge was one I'd place-hold titled, "A Geeky Kid Story." When I was done I even thought of keeping that as its title, but since my middle school geeky kid (named Willard, of course) had fantasies of fighting like a Klingon - and even spoke Klingon! - the title had to reference his hero.

But since I like to write toward that awkward middle school phase of life (maybe because I still think I'm kinda stuck in that awkward phase even now), I kept the place holder as a subtitle. "Making Worf Proud - A Geeky Kid Story." And I think I'll probably write more semi-related geeky kid stories in the future. All about growth and change and coming of age and loss of innocence, that sort of thing.

This one was about bullying. Willard is in the library, lovingly studying weapons (bat'leths, kut'luchs, that sort of thing, you know, normal stuff) in A Guide to All Things Klingon and two school mates start teasing him. As you can guess from the title, Willard does good in the end.

I think it's one of my best short stories yet. (Well, I say that about almost all of my stories! BTW, just finished #26 of 30 for my Oct/Nov challenge - so only 4 to go! Follow my progress here, if you wish.) If you want to read it, let me know. It's currently submitted to a magazine for consideration.

And, as always, thanks for reading!

(Image from http://www.startrek.com/article/celebrate-the-next-generations-anniversary-with-picard-data-worf-art-prints - and can be purchased here: http://www.generationgallery.com/studio-art-c1/star-trek-c16/next-generation-set-p1058)