It appears that my only short story, “Me, Myself, and I,” is lost to the world forever. I wrote it a few years ago for a Geocities original fiction site called Dragontails, and for a while copies were both on the Internet and on my old 800MB hard drive. But soon Dragontails folded, my hard drive crashed, and I hadn’t given much thought to my story. Only during my Writers Workshop class, where I mentioned, “Yeah, I wrote a short story once…” did I begin to wonder where it was. Unfortunately, searches through my old disks, Geocities, and Archive.org turned up nothing. I’m sure it’s on my old hard drive, but I’d probably have to hire a specialist to get the information off. And that’s not happening any time soon.
So what was “Me, Myself, and I” about? It was about a man who finds himself stuck in the future, living with his future self. They don’t get along. Soon, the man finds evidence that his future self may be a murderer—of other past selves! Less-than-thrilling results ensue.
What kept me with the story was the chance to write from a first person plural point of view. Our narrator saw no disconnect between him and his future self, and consistently used sentences like, “I was angry with myself. I could tell.” This drove the older, wiser future self up the wall.
A short story always has to be inventive, and since I have never seen a style like this, I wanted to created for myself. And while I’d love to put “Me, Myself, and I” on my Other Work Page, right now I can only tell you about it here.