new fiction thursday.

I’ve secured the world-exclusive publishing rights for a short story called “Quinn and his Dinosaurs”, written by Quinn, age 5.

Here’s the original manuscript:

And a transcript:

Quinn and his Dinosaurs

Quinn and his dinosaurs get in a cave.  It was really dark.

“Oh dear, it’s too dark.” And Quinn turned on his torch. “That’s much better,” said Quinn.  Will was scared. Quinn was not scared. Quinn’s dinosaurs were not scared.  Nothing is in the cave.

Let’s see: third person, (mostly) consistent tense. Rising action, climax, denouement, series potential.  I think he’s got the basics down at least as well as Paolini.  Give him another two or three years, and he’s ready for the Science Fiction/Fantasy slush piles.


11 thoughts on “new fiction thursday.

  1. Ancient Woodsman says:

    Bravo the great dad! Mine is a contemporary of Quinn and asked me last night: “Daddy, why don’t you sing that song you forgot yesterday?” What song is that? “I don’t know, but it’s the one you forgot yesterday.”

    Their imaginations run wild & free; their view of the world unblemished yet. Cherish these moments, nuture his soul.

  2. Wally says:

    Why is past tense preferred over present tense? I write a bit but havent had any training beyond one college course in it.

    • Marko Kloos says:

      It’s more common, and gives greater flexibility to the writer as to narrative. Present tense is more immediate and intimate, and gets the reader into the action faster.

      Of the four novels I’ve written, three have been First Person, Present Tense. It’s fun when it’s done well, and odious when it isn’t.

  3. Kristopher says:

    He might be ready to publish, if you can find a good artist.

  4. Eric says:

    When does he graduate to the fountain pen? 🙂

  5. Al Terego says:

    It’s as if he’s been mentored…

    Didn’t actually need the translation; it’s art as it stands.

    Having sold a business and made some money in ’89, I took that year off and spent it with my five year old son before he entered public school.

    The brilliance filtered by innocence of a very bright five-year-old’s developing mind is something to behold…prepare to be amazed. And don’t over-mentor.


  6. Next on Marko’s Father Fantasy Fulfillment Series? Lyra declares Revolver over Auto. Marko takes irremovable grin to grave.

    AAaaand… scene.



  7. Jake says:

    “Nothing is in the cave.”

    I think “Plato’s Nihilists” would be a great name for a punk band.

  8. LabRat says:

    Given that the book I’m currently slowly chewing my way through is about the role of art and fiction in human cognitive evolution, hinging on the idea of it as cognitive play that serves the same role in brain development as physical play does in motor development… this is suddenly really fascinating.

  9. Better than Twilight!

    (I apologize for damning with faint praise.)

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