What Is The Event Short Story Collection?
I've talked at length about the "Event" project ... here, LinkedIn and other social media sites but I can thumbnail the idea right here. Several years ago, I was chatting with some colleagues who also like to write creatively. I wondered aloud at the idea of having a group of writers look at a single event and create a story based off that one platform. An earthquake. A building fire. A traffic jam. What could the ripple events of those happenstances have? Fast-forward ... and we've now done three story collections with a fourth to come!
Event 1: The Chicago Rust Yards
The inaugural event had humble beginnings. The premise was released to a select group of writers in September of 2016 with the final manuscript published in late May of 2017. Three writers contributed with the total manuscript clocking in at 47,142 words or 198 total pages.
Event 2: Iron Bay
Emboldened by how fun Rust Yards ended up being, the premise for Iron Bay was announced in the fall - roughly one year after the original Event was announced. The book was published in May of 2018. There were four writers and five stories in a collection that weighed in at 80,183 words and 334 pages.
Event 3: Precision Robotics
This was probably the most wide-open of all the event set-ups. The premise was always going to be based on the idea of "technology gone awry," but the actual event didn't come into focus until I was sitting at a traffic light on the way home from work. The premise was delivered to writers who had participated in the first two Event collections early on, compared to the first two volumes. Writers were given the set-up in late June 2018. "The Event: PR" was released in June 2019 with four writers contributing stories. The final manuscript was 60,139 words and 277 pages.
Event 4: Gold Rush
Look at it and then look away. Forget you saw it until it is officially announced later this year ... and then again when it is officially released in May of 2020. PR was probably the only event that had a set-in-stone premise from early on. Event 4, however, remains fluid. "Caldera," "Pandemic," "Ice Age," "1972" ... they are all ideas being bandied about. Right now (8/15/19) the winner is the Old West in a collection called "Gold Rush." This could very well change before the collection is announced in late September 2019. Also, this is the mock-up cover ... final but not. The participation (as well as the fake stories that were contributed) is total guess-work. I generally don't know who will have a story completed until the due date arrives!