by Bob Merckel

Last month, I spent most of my writing time working on a collaborative project. Participants had twenty-four hours to turn around a 300-word piece, based on a daily prompt. It was fascinating creative exercise, not to mention an an excellent discipline builder. I must admit my motive crept outside the boundaries of creativity for creativity's sake, as I hoped to be part of the thirty "most interesting and creative responses" - leading to publication in a small book, by a real-life publisher. Last night, I was very surprised, excited and grateful to learn that I made the cut. And as thrilled as I am, I can't help but wonder, "Why did they pick that one?"


Bob Merckel, author of Snow Drifter, lives in London, teaches English, and scribbles stories - the likes of which can be found in Tales of the Decongested, Shaggy Blog Stories (and on his blog).