Up now on Coffee House Writers is my short story The Vacant House.
This is an experimental piece I’ve played around with since its first draft in 2015. Since then it morphed into what it is now and I decided that it was time to throw it out into the world for some feedback. My editor didn’t have much to provide, so maybe others can help?
The initial idea:
How can I tell a story from the perspective of something that would normally not be given the benefit of thought and perception?
How would a house try to communicate with its occupants?
I had to make certain decisions that frustrated me, such as the house being able to read and understand English. This introduced a supernatural element that, while I am already pushing things by talking about a house capable of thought and perception, seemed a bit too farfetched.
Another thing that frustrated me about this piece: the house’s existential crisis.
What are your thoughts on the piece? Do you have feedback?
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