Jan 06

The War Machine

The War Machine - One of My Earliest Short Stories

The War Machine

A factory laborer destroys the machine he works on after finding out he is a cog in the instrument of war. One of my earliest stories, The War Machine won first place in a short story contest at Mesa College in San Diego in 1987. It was published in two places: Inword Journal and The Mesa Press; March 9, 1987. The restriction was 2,000 words.

After winning the short story contest, I was convinced I had what it takes to become a serious writer. Little did I know that it would take at least another 20 years before I could produce anything meaningful

In fact, I gave up on writing because most of what I wrote was garbage. It wasn’t until I had wrestled with my inner demons for the next 25 years when I was able to purge my debut novel, Swiss Chocolate, in just nine months.

After that,  my next two novels, El Aguila and Esmeralda, came easily.

You can download The War Machine as a PDF here!

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