Story: Crossing the Chasm

Crossing the Chasm - By David KeenerMy new story, “Crossing the Chasm,” is available for free on this web site. It’s the first in my Myth Conceptions Fables series of humorous, slightly bent fables. My conceit is that all of the stories in the series will use some common business-oriented phrase as a title, and then bend and twist that title to serve their own purposes.

The description of this story is:

A mighty warrior on a treasure-seeking quest encounters an unexpected ordeal in which his physical skills, weapons and magical artifacts are useless. What, then, is a warrior to do?

The story is roughly 1150 words, which translates into about 4 pages if published in a book. It’s slightly longer than flash fiction, which traditionally uses a limit of 1000 words. One thing about these stories in my Myth Conceptions Fables series — I designed them for storytelling, to be delivered to a live audience in about 7 to 9 minutes. With effective storytelling techniques, this fable comes out to about 9 minutes.

I have video of me telling this story to a live audience. I’ll get that video online soon. In the meantime, the story is available in HTML and PDF forms. I’ll be experimenting with more formats later, as well.

Note (May 11, 2013): The video is now online.
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  1. Gretchen Schutte
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    Dave, I think this is delightful! If you have been practicing and make sure you allow for pauses to let things sink in (like Tiberius, which made me chuckle) I think it will be a great speech.

  2. Posted February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    Thanks! I’ve got it on videotape from the Speech-a-thon on January 30th. I’ll try to get it online soon (as well as your speech from the same event).

  3. Posted March 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM | Permalink

    I liked it, but I thought it needed a more powerful ending. It was good, and funny, and surprising, but it needed something stronger to pull it together at the end. Just my thoughts on it…

  4. Posted March 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

    Well, actually, my original version went a little longer. I cut the original ending down to its current point in order to fit the speech time limits, which were 7 to 9 minutes.

    Now I’m thinking that I maybe ought to add those bits back into the printed version to flesh it out a little more.

    I’m actually planning to turn this into a series of short fables, all with business titles that I can play around with. There is precedent for this type of thing…Isaac Asimov had his completely frivolous tales of the Black Widowers, the Union Club mysteries and Azael…which are all examples of a series of short, short stories.

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