Archive for November 1st, 2011

1st November
2011
written by amber

Robin Hack

When I went to log my hours of work today, I was surprised to see it was twelve. And that doesn’t even count the three or four hours I put in before I was able to hack into my target account, transfer the money and then click to pay myself first. So I’ve been at work for about sixteen or even eighteen hours.

Sure didn’t feel like that long.

It was such a good day of work I almost wished I worked in a regular office so I could share my glory with my fellow workers. Yes, of course, we send coded emails to each other – I know, for example, that Flash was able to hack into a Columbian drug leader’s account last week and move the funds to charities in the criminal’s own country to help women and children of local policemen killed by the drug thugs.

I used to do that – hack into drug lord’s ‘retirement’ accounts, but it was way too easy. They hire people to help them hide their money, but they’re always stingy in choosing their talent. These days I find it much more fun to go after Congressmen or greedy bankers and investment gurus skating the thin edge of legality. Today I found a secret fund salted away by a highly-paid CEO of a company that received a government bail-out during the economic collapse, funds the company’s has somehow never been able to afford to pay back. And no wonder, this stellar citizen was skimming $100,000 off the top every couple of weeks. He had $4,000,000 in his various accounts in banks all over the world.

It took me hours to use my anonymous (and fictional) donors to send small batches of cash to food banks and women’s shelters and school lunch programs and pro-bono lawyers and free universities all over the country.

It took me hours, but I took every cent.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section of any story.

1st November
2011
written by amber

Story 183 marks the half way point for this year-long project. I hope you’re enjoying the stories. I want to send out my great appreciation to those of you who’ve sent me first line suggestions.

During my book signing at Cafe Books in Canmore last week, I solicited first lines from several browsers in the book store, and they were very gracious to help me out. I find it surprising that my former writing style, of going away for deep solitude to write, has given way to a new ability to write quickly and in the midst of people. I look forward to working on a bunch of stories at the Pure Speculation convention in Edmonton later this month – if you’re attending the event, please inspire me with some first lines for SF stories.

The project is going so well, but I’d love to receive more feed-back – which types of stories do you enjoy the most? do you like the linked stories or the stand-alones better? are there too many cat stories and not enough dog stories? Let me know.