This long short story was originally inspired by the History Channel program Life After People. The premise of the show is not to examine the potential causes of the end of humanity, but rather “what happens to the world we leave behind.”
It’s a fascinating program. It details the fates of our roads, our cities, our buildings, even our family pets and other creatures who depend upon us for a living. It quite often comes to the rather disturbing conclusion that in a pretty short space of planetary time – mere hundreds of years, not thousands – we will be completely forgotten by an Earth that may fare better without us. While in this story I ultimately chose not to focus on the mechanics of the destruction of the trappings of humanity, but rather on what it does to the main character, I think the former offers a world of interesting possibilities for post-apocalyptic literature and I look forward to returning to this subject in the near future.
“Waiting” tells the story of a middle-aged misanthrope who witnesses this degeneration, who lives long enough to see how quickly humanity can fail, how insufficient its infrastructure is in the case of a massive disaster. But what place is there for a person in a world without people?
Ever dreamed of spending a summer working in Alaska? I did…until I actually got there and saw what it was really like!
My autobiographical short story / travel memoir Heads of the Lineis FREE for Kindle through Monday, August 20th. Also includes “Funeral for Charlie”, a humorous real-life short story about a goldfish funeral gone awry.
“On bad days I wondered how old people ever even did it. Sometimes walking seemed like too much effort, let alone all the aerobicized contortionism that went with sex.”“I figured I’d better backtrack fast before he started thinking I liked him or something. But it’s hard to backpedal when you’ve got your foot in your mouth.”
Is it really over when it’s over? A short story of a romance that quickly blooms and dies but then – just maybe – might spring back to life…
A small-town sheriff notices unusual behavior among the local squirrels in this whimsical look at the long-term evolutionary effects of human activities on our furry little neighbors. Available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon through Monday, August 6th!