A Letter to the Gubamint – The Process

A Letter to the Gubamint is story number thirty-three in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Again, it’s funny how disparate pieces of information can influence a new creation. I flipped (clicked) through my reading journals for inspiration and landed on Francis Bacon’s essay, Of Anger, and immediately thought of a guy writing an angry letter to the government.

But then I had also been in the middle of reading an anthology of humorous short stories, so I wasn’t feeling in too serious of a mood. Sprinkle in random memories of a mobile home park (aka “trailer park”) that a friend from college lived in, and voilà, I had my character and setting.

I tried to play specifically with dialect and voice in this piece. There always seems to be a thin line between realistic and over-the-top, so I hope I pulled it off. Probably playing this story off as a bit of comedy helped, because you have more leeway when it comes to being over-the-top.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


3 thoughts on “A Letter to the Gubamint – The Process

  1. I *love* the title of this, Philip. I’ve sent it to myself for reading later. Those quick daily journal entries are a neat idea, too.

    1. Thanks, ABG! Would love to hear what you thought of it after you’ve read it. Hope you are still chipping away at your goals!

      1. I’ll let you know! My short story is on it’s way to becoming a novel -_- lol. I’m hoping to start a short story (or two), though, as I’m hoping to enter a competition in a month or so.

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