Phillip McCollum

Hi! I am Compusoft Chompy, your virtual assistant. My job is to help you find your way around the program and make helpful suggestions regarding your work. Is there something I can assist you with?

I ground my cigarette into the off-white ceramic ashtray, clicked the little ‘x’ in the corner of the chat bubble and began reviewing what I’d typed yesterday. Prior to this morning, I’d spent hours on end seeking a way to permanently disable the most exasperating feature on the face of the planet–a cartoony staple-remover with a large pair of eyes sitting on the top handle whose constant pro-tips and advice were more distracting than helpful.

I came up empty, though.

If you’d like to finish reading this story, along with many others, I’d be ecstatic if you’d consider purchasing one of my books.

11 thoughts on “Chompy

  1. Brilliant. I loved the gradually increasing typos. What a great way to create an unreliable narrator.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Berthold. Some of the most fun I’ve had writing a story so far.

    1. Appreciate it, John!

  2. Loved it. Reminded me so much of my own uni days that I’m actually a little bit concerned… 🙂 My Dad gave me a PC when I went off. MS Word got very little look in next to Ultima Underworld, Tie Fighter and the like. Happy days, especially as there was no electronic stationary to interrupt me!

    I don’t know how you jump around with genres and themes with such effectiveness, but it’s clearly working for you. Keep it up mate.

    1. Haha, yes! Love all of those games (and can’t forget Roller Coaster Tycoon 2)… Fond memories. Thanks for the kind words too. Another example of the freedom to essentially screw around with narrative and style with these short stories.

  3. Bravo, Phillip—another winner!

    1. Thank you, Candace! Always appreciate the support and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks, Jill! BTW, believe it or not, I am halfway through Second Chance Romance and…(looks around to make sure guy friends aren’t watching)…I’m totally sucked into the story. 🙂 Looking forward to finishing it soon so I can post the review.

  4. […] Chompy is story number twenty-five in the #52ShortStories challenge. […]

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