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May 1, 2011
My first published short story (yay!).
What if someday high school students expect their guidance counselor to accurately predict their futures? This story began with that question and ended with how students may rethink their friendships in cold probabilistic terms because of those projections.
As someone who greatly benefitted from high school friendships with people headed in different directions than me, I found this intriguing, horrifying and likely to happen.
This story happened pretty quick. I went from the what-if to the characters grabbing the plot and peeling the layers back to get at the real story underneath.
Some of the feedback I received made it sound like I had provided an ‘after school special’ kind of service for their high school age children. That was a bit of a surprise, and completely unintended. It just goes to show that your writing can touch people more than you think, and not how you may predict.