(Yes, I recognize that Short Short Fiction seems to have taken over this weblog.) The assignment this week is to write a story that was 26 sentences long with each beginning with a successive letter of the alphabet. So sentence #1 is supposed to start with some word beginning with "A" and sentence #26 with "Z." I think the idea is that we are supposd to write a story in which it's incidental that the sentences are in alphabetical order, but no way I'm writing a story in which the sentences were in alphabetical order without that fact being part of the story somehow.
Anyway, after struggling awhile, I wrote a story. Then I realized the instructor would almost certainly begin the class by having everyone go around and say what their X word was, and I didn't want to explain. So I wrote another story with a more straightforward X. I think the second story is probably more appealing anyway. Which won't stop me from inflicting the first story on Those Who Dare To Click Here (a JFW exclusive!). The story's called "Zuzanna Tries a Life Coach" and currently clocks in at 429 words, 3 of which I hope to God mean what I think they do in Japanese. Non-self-esteem-immolating comments and suggestions welcome.
I'll post the other story either tomorrow or Tuesday.
Also: I dithered between Zuzanna and Zoey before choosing the former, so let me know if you have a preference.
Update, 9pm: Revised slightly to unsubtlefy something.