A TEXT POST

Mind-control

Story idea: guy who can make people go away, just by writing about them.

Later, he learns the trick, and can do it by talking at or about them.

Still later, all he has to do is think, and they’ll drift onwards, elsewhere.

It’s a good story, and there are problems and conflicts. He has trouble controlling his thoughts. He thinks about whatever’s in sight, and soon, everyone he sees is a surprise person that he has never thought of before.

Not long after, they too are driven away.

I suppose he just dies alone. Or stops thinking so much.

A TEXT POST

Perfectly frank

Frank kept his life to himself, scrutinizing every word.

He liked to wonder what people thought of him. Less information led to wilder ideas, so Frank always kept a tight lip.

Maybe his boss, holding the door, thought he was a secret poet or artist. Maybe his secretary thought he spent nights hacking the pentagon and holidays hunting black bears.

Maybe his wife thought he worked with the president, and had already told her too much.

In the end, Frank discovered that what most people thought of him was nothing, and what he thought of them was mostly made up.