Once upon a time, in the year of twenty-ought-seven, I challenged myself to write one new and complete short story per day for the entire month of June. Twas an epic struggle that no one is ever likely to write songs about, but in the end, I did it, and by July 1, I had 30 completely complete short stories.


Now the year is 2013, and I have decided to publish a collection of short stories as sort of a publishing trial run for when my novel, Apocalypticon, is ready. This seems like a solid plan, and I have 30 short stories sitting around on my computer, not really doing anything, so I dig through them and pull out 18 that are either ready to go or could be, with a little work.

And so I set to work, rewriting, fine-tuning, editing, and organizing. I took the 18 stories, and I sanded them down into a smooth, polished collection. I put them together in an order that I was pretty happy with, tweaked the spacing, adjusted the layout, had a cover designed, put it all together, and boom, I had a collection of 18 short stories.

Except there weren't 18 stories. There were only 17.

I'd left one out.


I don't know how it happened, but it definitely did. One poor story got left behind like Kirk Cameron. And so it has remained hidden in the depths of the cloud for the last year or so, crying in the shadows, pleading to be set free.

And today, it gets its chance.

That story, "Observation," a fun, dark little tale about a man who's being watched by tiny creatures in his plumbing, has just been published in the Dapper Press Lounge. If you head over there, which you can do by clicking here, you'll get a chance to read the short story that should have been part of Pants on Fire: A Collection of Lies. If you're not a member of the Lounge, don't worry, it's completely free to join, and you can do that by clicking here.

Won't you help me give "Observation" its day in the sun? Give it a read, and tell me what you think! 

Oh, but fair warning -- you may never feel comfortable showering again.

Clayton SmithComment