A few weeks ago, just as the American government shutdown was drawing to a close, Todd Hebertson (my cover artist and a flaming liberal in my opinion), a mutual friend (don’t know his political leanings but I suspect a quiet conservative), and I (apolitical) were discussing the effect the shutdown was having on the American public. None of us were entirely pleased, for different reasons.
We became whimsical and the conversation swerved to what we would like to see happen to those responsible (each of us admitted that all sides bore responsibility). In about twenty minutes we had the framework for a short story and we started laughing at the suggestions. Todd offered to make the cover (on consignment) if I would write the story. I confess, I was a little hesitant. But I took the challenge and sat down to write.
Over the next week, I wrote the story but I found I had swerved as much as the conversation. My first draft was no where near what had come out of our brainstorming. I emailed Todd, requesting he change the title. He emailed me back, saying it was too late, that he had spent too much time on the cover and I was stuck with it (You would have to know Todd and my relationship). That night, I was telling my wife about it and had decided to tell Todd no, to change the cover. Lyn (the wife) said to write the story as satire. The bells went off and I decided why not.
(Tip: I have a volume of all my short stories available, including this one. It is called “Shorts” and it costs a little more, but you get all the stories. AND, as I write more short stories, I will add them to this tome, which you can update for free. “Shorts” is available at both Amazon and Smashwords.)
Remember, it is tongue in cheek satire. I do not advocate the outcome, but it would be an acceptable one to a great many American citizens, methinks.