An Undesirable Position is a short tale about seeing the pleasant in the mundane — set in a world of fantastical beasts.
published October 2016,
This story was first written as a daily-writing exercise, based on a photo-prompt which is now lost in the ether of the Internet (I believe it was a job-wanted sign? I may be extremely incorrect). I didn’t continue with this particular writing endeavor for very long, but this story was always rather special to me, so I decided to make some minor edits and re-publish it here.
The opening line sparked the entire story, but how it came to me I’ll never know. It’s a “brilliant” opener, in my own humble opinion, and really helped set the playful tone of the writing. Originally the narration was personified, using “I” pronouns and all, but I decided to adjust that aspect out of this final version simply because I think it works cleaner without that shtick. I had no idea where the story would end up as I wrote it, and I certainly didn’t expect it to become what it did, but I really love it and I’m proud to have this charming little tale of mine online to share with the world!
Danny Kneip, for consistently reading the short stories I wrote during this time, and always offering friendly and constructive comments!