Just posted the above short story up to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) yesterday. It came together really well and really fast. The only part I’m probably not thrilled about is the cover. I have not yet invested the time in acquiring that skill set to any great degree, but I’d like to think one day I might. In the meantime, KDP offers a quite rudimentary version of cover design software as part of its overall offerings, so I thought I’d go that quick and dirty route, even as I acknowledge the visual could be much stronger.
While I don’t want to give too much of the story away, I think I’m revealing little when I say that the element of snow globes plays a part in the plot. Of course, I did a small bit of research on that commodity and found that it all started with a man named Erwin Perzy, a maker of surgical instruments, who was looking for a better way to focus light in surgical lamps. Without going into the details (you can click on the link below for the Wikipedia article) his quest accidentally led him to the start of his snow globe business. Never know where your path is going to lead you.
The basilica in Mariazell was Perzy’s inspiration at the time for the model he used in his first snow globe. The more the name Mariazell stuck in my mind, the more I decided it should serve as the name for my short story’s main character (she started as Helene–not nearly as alluring).
There’s quite a bit more I could share with you about how the story began, but I don’t want to be presumptuous. I will say, however, that it falls into my personal categorization system as a Toggle Switch. If you want to understand more about that process (which I use pretty often, and it’s a little weird, and that’s why I love it), you can click the second link below to go directly to that post.
Anyway, I hope you are inspired to give my short little story, which you can get to directly by clicking the third link below.
For the Wikipedia story about snow globes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_globe
For the entry on this blog describing my Toggle Switches:
To get directly to my book on Amazon: