Slab Lords – The Process

Slab Lords is story number forty-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.**

The impetus behind this story was an article I read in the LA Times about ‘slab lords’ renting out squares of concrete to people visiting California’s Joshua Tree National Park. I grew up in the desert near there and I always seem to take on this post-apocalyptic, Mad-Maxian view of places like that when it comes to writing stories…or I go Western. Again, I tried to spend a good amount of time working on voice and setting on this one.

There was a big break in the middle of writing this story to focus on enjoying a family vacation. No regrets. 🙂

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


2 thoughts on “Slab Lords – The Process

  1. ‘Slab lords’ very interesting name, Phillip. I love the desert. People think it dead and brown, but it’s really so full of life.

  2. So true, Jill! I love much about the desert, but I’m ok if the rattle snakes stay in their holes. ?

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