before i go back and re-read (and possibly re-work) my stories again, i figured i’d give my own rankings of my stories. it may change after reading them again, so this ranking list may change. i’ll do it in reverse order as well –
12. The Baker (October) – after realizing that an awful lot of my stories ended up with someone’s death, i decided to write a choose your own adventure which let me include a whole lot of death. painful and ridiculous deaths. while i liked my idea, i didn’t really think i managed to pull the story itself together as well as i would have liked.
11. The Ledgers (August) – this was the first month that i decided i would attempt to throw in crazy names for things. the merchant of tennis as the guys pro-shop name is possibly my favorite of them all. the rest of the story just didn’t really do much else for me.
10. Gaius the Bold (March) – i really like the idea behind this story a lot (what does your dog do all day when you aren’t home? protect the house from alien invasion, duh), but i did end up throwing at least two of the sentences in for the sake of inclusion.
9. Sign of the Times (January) – if i wrote this story later in the year i think it would have been about a million times better. that being said, it’s one of the ones i know i want to go back and fix.
8. Rigging the Future (February) – william taft stealing teddy roosevelt’s time machine and heading into present day america? roosevelt and a bunch of his cabinet coming here after him to bring him back? what could possibly go wrong? besides me getting to include a bunch of odd historical references pretty much everything else. another one i think i could do a much better job with.
7. The Fat Man (April) – this one sort of just slides by. i don’t dislike any of it. i just don’t like it all too much either.
6. Year of the Stone (July) – i think the best part of this story is that it let derek write ‘The Birth of the Stone,’ his december story (which incidentally may be my favorite of his stories this year). that’s pretty much the only reason why this one cracked the top half of my list.
5. Dark November (November) – a short, short story. i wrote this one in just a couple hours the night i emailed it to derek. it was also a complete departure from my writing style in any other month. considering those facts, i think it came out pretty good.
4. My Name is Cashew (December) – it’s no great secret that i usually make fun of derek’s bizarre names for his characters. it’s not all the time, but you won’t find any ‘randolph jones’ in his stories, you’re more likely to find a ‘phytzler swagtragler.’ i really did like his january story, and when the idea for a sequel came up, it was my first instinct. it let me be a bit more loose and comedic than i had been for much of the year, and it also let me make fun of his naming abilities.
3. A Life in Rouen (September) – writing a short story about an author where all his stories come to life was a lot of fun. including references to all eight previous stories i had written (be it locations, characters, or objects) made it even more fun.
2. Climbing for Her (May) – derek and i disagree about the ending. not that it was good, only what exactly happened. i’m pretty sure i’m right, but i won’t spoil what my intentions were so you can interpret it however you’d like. also, i had a lot of fun with this story.
1. Project Titan (June) – i’m seriously considering submitting this one for consideration in some contest or another. the only problem is that derek wrote the first page. my defense is that i just used it as a spring board and didn’t build from it. i mean, there’s no way i would have thought of my idea without his start, but that doesn’t mean anything, right? this was far and away the best thing i wrote all year. i felt the most confident about it when i sent it to derek to review, and i still think that it holds up pretty well. this was the first month i really felt comfortable with my writing, and it’s definitely evident. from this point on i think my stories got stronger, not always better, but the writing was much improved.
so … i guess i’ll have to go back and read derek’s stories again to rank them. hopefully i can get that up by the end of next week.