At the end of his senior year in high school, Kirk McIntyre is determined to pitch a perfect game — for himself and for his brother. A tragic farming accident a year and a half earlier made Kirk a feel good story heading into the high school baseball playoffs, but all he is focused on is finishing the game.
This is a short story around 6,000 words.
Targeted Age Group:
I don’t think I have to be confined to one genre. If someone decides to read my book, they’ll find that it would probably be classified as mostly Young Adult, but there is obviously a huge Sports element to it and a small amount of Science Fiction as well. I love Science Fiction and feel that I’ll stay in that and Young Adult as I develop into my writing. I would definitely say there are not a lot of YA Sports Sci-Fi Short Stories out there, so it would be fairly unique, in my opinion.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
You just have to start. Once you start, keep going. Then, finish. Seriously… finishing is one of the hardest things, except for starting. Good luck!
About the Author: Will Swardstrom is a high school social studies teacher in Southern Illinois. Growing up as the son of a telecommunications engineer in the 80’s and 90’s, he spent parts of his childhood in Michigan, Arizona and Illinois. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, for 13 years and has one daughter, two cats and a very high-maintenance dog. This is his first published work.
I’ve been a high school history teacher for five years and worked as a smalltown newspaper reporter for six years before that. I’ve always wanted to write and finally started on my first novel this January. In the middle of writing that (which I just finished the rough draft on), I was struck with an idea for a short story. In three days I was finished. A few of my fellow teachers helped proofread it and I put it up on the Kindle store as a test before I finished my novel.
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