Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Now on Ether: Second Chance

Recently, two more of my short stories got accepted and are now being offered free on Ether.  The first one is a deal with the devil story with twist called "Second Chance."  At less than 1,000 words, it's a quick and easy read. 


"Second Chance"

Summary: As rain drizzles down on soon-to-be-homeless Michael Jobeson, he sees a stranger holding ablack umbrella, smiling at him sympathetically. The stranger offers Michael donuts and a chance to change his life. But at what cost?

Photo courtsey of Pinterest


It took twenty minutes to clean out his cubicle.  Now the contents of his life were lumped together in a cardboard box: a weekly planner with numbers running down the side, a stained coffee mug with the words "I Believe," a framed photograph taken in Guatemala some twenty years ago.  Rain drizzled onto a collection of chewed up pens.  Michael shoved the box into the trunk of his AMC Pacer and hunkered into the driver's seat.

Yesterday he'd been Michael Jobeson, telemarketer.  Today he was Michael Jobeson, unemployed.  And if he didn't find a way to pay off his debts, soon he'd be Michael Jobeson, homeless.  He rubbed his face with his hands.  How had it come to this?

Ether Reviewer Chris Jordan writes: "Great - cleverly done, gets straight to the point by showing only the outcomes, and nice twist too!"

How the Story Came to Be: I wrote this story as I was turning twenty-eight and dealing with the frustration of being stuck in a low-paying job.  Was all the time and sacrifice I put in to my writing really worth it?  This spilled over into a short story.

How to Use Ether

Ether or Ether Books is a free app available on the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). You must have a smart phone or tablet to download the app.  After you download the app, you must create an account and sign in. 

Once you access your Ether app, you can scroll down the list of new stories until you find mine.  Or you can go to the search button and type in either the title, “Second Chance” or my name, “Rebecca Lang.”  It should take you to my story, which is free to download.  When you finish reading, you can rate it and/ or write a review.  Both would be appreciated.  J
If you want to know more about how to submit stories to Ether, see my article, “Publishing on Ether” or go to its website

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