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My name is Tor Richardson. Welcome to my Smashwords site.
If you’ve landed on this page, you’d probably like to know a little about me. Okay, I was born in Seattle. I’ve traveled up and down the west coast, but still like Seattle quite a bit. I don’t actually live in the city, but I’m close enough to see it out the window. Along with the mountains. We have a lot of mountain in this neck of the woods. Water, too. (And, don’t forget the rain.)
Unlike most other writers, I don’t have a pet cat. My family had a very independent tomcat when I was a kid. I once saw him drop down from a tree onto the back of a dog who wandered into our backyard by mistake. (Boy, what a mistake!) He rode that black lab like a cowboy, using his claws as spurs and slapping the dog on the head as they went yowling up the road. Since then, I’ve never really thought of a cat as a house pet. Cats like that need lots of room.
I’ve always enjoyed story. I managed to sneak a creative writing class past my parents while at college (engineering majors aren’t supposed to take those kinds of classes). Unfortunately, that experience didn’t pan out. In hindsight, I’m not quite sure about that class. It certainly wasn’t writing, and it was far from creative. (I remember a vampire story I wrote for an assignment in 1981, as well as the ridicule it received. The instructor insisted that nobody would ever be interested in vampire stories. She pretty much demanded that I burn it and try again.) The experience was enough to keep me away from writing for a number of years (openly, at least).
But… once a storyteller, always a storyteller. In time, the writing came back with a vengeance. I was finally able to make the transition to a full-time fiction writer. Now, I enjoy coming to work every day. Telling new stories and creating new worlds is much more fun than trying to make sense of the one we’ve got. And meeting the people who enjoy those stories is a lot of fun, too.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your look around.
on Sep. 11, 2010 :
It is that time of the week again as I try to bring you some fun in the digital short world. Stories that are compact, concise and feel like you just held a firecracker in your hand right until it exploded. Today is Tor Richardson and his 5500 word digital short Starting Over. I really enjoyed the way he laid this one out. Before we get into it though, just know that you can support this author and his fun work by clicking on the cover right here because it is available for your Kindle from Amazon. What no Kindle? You can get that too. But seriously, if you are Kindleless, then you can go to Smashwords and get it in the digital form you need. I read it on my laptop; it was fun, quick and incredible.
Tor Richardson has done a really nice job of creating a central character that we come to understand his motivations and desires rather quickly. I am not going to spoil anything here but the guy is an identity thief. Does he really understand whose identity he is stealing every time he does it? Richardson uses every one of the 5500 words of the story to get us to the ending; it is an engrossing read and one that I don’t hesitate to suggest you enjoy. He puts in a few twists, turns and surprises. Here is a little bit from the description of the story from Smashwords: ”Fred Turner lives the good life -- at your expense. With stolen credit cards and borrowed identities he rides the highest lifestyle, but never for too long. Tricking others into stealing his stolen cards, he leaves them to face the law while he moves on, starting over with his next unknowing victim. It's always the perfect crime. Until the day he steals the wrong identity.”
I am seeing a real move toward this type of writing as more and more authors are embracing the digital short. Have you given it a try yet? If not, why not? If you have, what have you been reading? I continue to scour the internet for new material. Are you an author that has done this type of work or a reader that has been able to find a ready source of this type of material? I would enjoy hearing from you, give me a shout please.
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