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Speculative fiction writer, wife, mum, gamer, and adventure seeker who just wants some sleep. She lives in sunny Queensland, but often fantasises about snow capped mountains in cooler climates.

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NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2023 - R1

This is the first time I have entered one of the NY Midnight Challenges a second time, and I was delighted to place fifth and make it through to the second round this time. I was given the genre of drama, with the subject of retirement and had to include a gossipmonger character. Here's my synopsis: A son signs his widowed father up for a retirement program designed especially for farmers. But when the father realizes the labor mech has an actual personality, he questions himself for acceding to his son’s request.

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