Looking The Other Way, one of my more popular short stories, is available for free download on Amazon now through Thursday 7/28! Visit my other blog for further updates this week.
One of my most popular short stories, Looking the Other Way, is now up at matthewkeville.com.
2008 was a bad year. Even in New York City, where the Great Recession never got quite as deep as it did in the rest of the country, that fall and winter were deep, dark, tell-your-grandkids-how-you-lived-through-the-hard-times bad. Hundred-year-old investment firms closed down like Broadway shows, and Broadway shows shut down like a community theatre production in Ogdensburg. Even the strip clubs were hurting.
I was one of the lucky ones. Well, not one of the really lucky ones. They kept their jobs. But I had a good severance package, a couple of 401(k)’s I could cash out for a couple thousand apiece (hurt me at tax time, but you do what you have to do), and an ex who insisted on rooming with me as long as I needed help with the rent. Between all that, Unemployment, and the fact that I was able to find temp work almost immediately, I was able to hold on and get through.
That last part was really key. When 2008 happened, I was a paralegal at a big Wall Street law firm. That made me a very useful fellow, but in 2008, even I was taking whatever work I could, wherever I could, whenever I could, and was grateful to get it.
Even so, I quickly discovered that I didn’t like night shifts. It puts you out of sync with the rest of the world. Sure, it’s nice to be able to go to the gym at noon when there are maybe three people in the whole place, but it’s just not New York if you can’t take a date to dinner and a play. Not that I could have afforded to do that anyway, but still.
Anyway, that was how I ended up standing on the subway platform at 59th and Lexington at 3:30 in the morning, headed back out to my apartment in Queens: a temp job. This law firm had needed someone to cover for their Proofreading Department while he took his “use ‘em or lose ‘em” vacation days before the end of the year, and his shift was from 6 PM to 2 AM…and that night had run into overtime.
Check out the rest here.
Every time you go down into the New York subway, you take a chance that you won’t come out again. That’s just the way it is. Usually, the only thing to fear is your fellow passengers. But there are other things waiting down there in the dark below the City, and sometimes the only way to stay alive is to look the other way.
Enter the darkness under New York City and learn what it takes to survive there. Now available at Amazon.
It’s not as purely laudatory as the one I got for Looking The Other Way, but it’s still 3 out of 5. Check it out!
I know it’s silly, but I’m early enough in my career that someone paying attention to me is still exciting.
So check it out here (bottom of the page), and while you’re there check out this Zimmerman fella, too.
So it’s been a bit busy this week, though I’m afraid y’all haven’t really been able to see the fruits of it here.
The good news is that I have a new story up at Smashwords, and this one is free!
That’s right. Carry Looking the Other Way with you, instead of having to scroll through my archives. Get it here. Free.
And if you’d like to support the artist, The Guardian Cats of New York City: Shin-Nephura’s Neighborhood is still just 99 cents, available at Smashwords, or now at Barnes and Noble.
And of course, the really good stuff is right there in the sidebar.
Happy Halloween to all. More on its way later today.