Day Labour and The Harvest

Posted: April 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Two more of my flash fiction pieces are published in Alienskin this month, both on an agricultural theme. Not that I’ve developed a sudden obsession with combine harvesters and crop rotations, it’s just two separate ideas that I wrote up at the same time and that ended up fitting a theme.

First up is Day Labour, a story of migrant workers and malevolent plant life. I’d been listening to Kris Drever’s song Harvest Gypsies, and though the characters morphed into something more American the sentiment of the song is still in their somewhere.

And then there’s The Harvest, which came about because I’d been reading an anthropology textbook and thought ‘hey, what if aliens behaved like that?’ That’s a thought I have a lot, maybe slightly too often. The anthropological influence comes through in the character’s detachment from events too, although I didn’t really think about that when I was writing it, it was just the natural result of how the plot worked.

(These links should be good until the end of May)

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