I have been writing some short stories with a fairly original premise recently and I thought you might find it interesting. For reasons that will become clear I can't tell anyone I know IRL about it, so I would like to tell sushichan instead.
Each short story takes place in the same location with the same cast of characters. They are about 10-20 pages long and are set in a near-future world with VERY light cyberpunk elements. The stories take place in a bar, and centre around the bartender, who I have deliberately given zero personality - he is a selfinsert for the reader.
Nothing really happens in any of the stories, the bartender just cleans and maintenances the bar, serves drinks to customers, that kind of thing. The point of the stories is the characters who come to the bar and the conversations they have with the bartender and each other.
The characters are either real people I know IRL transposed into the world, fictional people I have imagnied, or a mix of the two. The conversations are split pretty evenly between real conversations I have overheard and noted down, and conversations I have invented. I tweak the stories to make some fit and to make different conversations reference each other or build character, but the heart of a lot of them is unchanged from when I heard them 'in the wild'.
Each story takes place over a single day, and my intention is that the reader should read one a day too, syncing his weekly routine to that of the storyworld's. The regulars have varying schedules the reader will learn to anticipate. Students and the unemployed are more erratic, and workers have fairly rigid and predicitable schedules. The hope is that the stories form a parallel social life for the reader and take place almost in real time. For example, a reader might think to themselves: "Man, I can't wait until Friday's story - Mark said he'd come to the bar then and tell us how his date with Alice went," or: "I hope Ben is okay, he hasn't been to the bar for weeks", etc etc.
I am enjoying writing and reading back my stories, but because so much of it is just copied from my real conversations with people and because lots of the characters are real people (I even make an appearance myself as a minor side character), if I show it to anybody I know I think they will just call me a plagiariser or get offended by it.
So, I am curious to know - what do you think of the concept? Its shaping up to be sort of a sliPost too long. Click here to view the full text.