My upcoming book of short short stories, Shake Away These Constant Days, originated as a project called Our Band Could Be Your Lit, in which I wrote a story under 1000 words every week. To generate this much content, I based the stories on songs suggested my musicians and writers from around the world. The original idea was 100 songs, 100 stories: find the creative common ground between two mediums and cultivating the virtue found therein.
Until September 25th, I'll be doing a blog post a day about the stories in the book. After that, it's all up to you.
Originally OBCBYL #26. Small town baristas—waitresses of any kind, really—are the best girls, and there are days where I think I could live forever just through the love of a pretty girl with tired legs.
The baristas are only a minor point of entry for the real story, in which innocuous poetry readings during the summer in a college town reveal a layered, odd relationship between a couple thought to be undeniably right.
I worked not at a coffee shop in a small town, but, even worse, at a record shop in a small college town. Neither one did particularly well in the summer, but the coffee shop is still open and the record store isn’t, if that tells you which one did worse. The coffee shop would only be open for about four hours in the mornings, about long enough to afford to keep the lights on and pay the barista.
We ran a couple readings there when I was in college, but nothing nearly as exciting as an imploding marriage came from them.
The whole thing with the H was something I said to an ex-girlfriend’s sister once, a Sara, but not the one in the story. About the only thing I knew was that, biblically, Sarah (with an “h”) was holier than Sara (without an “h”). If this sounds like a rather flimsy thing to build a story on, that’s because it is. I had to research the letter “h” for about an hour just to round out the climax of the story.
Tomorrow: A story named "Mythology" that is based on the song "Bullet and a Target" by Citizen Cope. Suggested by writer Keith Scribner.
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