This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the story “Marooned“. Please feel free to read that first, if you want to avoid spoilers…

This is the first story of the second half, and I wanted to open with something a bit different. I’d had the idea for this story in my head for a couple of days before I wrote it, and I’d originally thought of the name “Aliens”, but that didn’t really work for me. Plus, I didn’t really want to repeat myself by just running through the alphabet again, so…

I started off by ruling out 26 squares on a piece of paper. Then I wrote the alphabet out, cut them up and put them into an old envelope. And I picked out the first letter, which was M. That didn’t feel exactly right until about a third of the way through, when the word “marooned” popped into my head.

Due to the limited amount of time I write these in, I wasn’t really able to get deeper into this story. I could have done more, I suppose, and made their journey longer, but not only did I not have the time, I really didn’t want to give away the twist ending, either…

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