Thursday, October 10, 2013

In Search of Nectar - Kirkus MacGowan

Full disclosure: I haven't read any of MacGowan's other work. Turns out he usually writes thrillers; this was a one-off short story inspired by a writing prompt. I suspect I downloaded it because it was free. It's a cute story.

Wilburn G. Walsh is an accountant -- a normal guy who lives in a normal suburban home. But one Saturday, after mowing his normal suburban lawn, he's accosted by a garden gnome. The little fellow is some kind of gnome mucky-muck, as it turns out, and he is drafting Wilburn to procure for him an elixir that will save all gnomes everywhere. As you might expect, Wilburn's perfect Saturday gets complicated in a hurry.

It's a quick read -- about five thousand words -- and it's free right now (and maybe forever) on Amazon.