A Measure of Daily Science Fiction #DealMeIn2018

I dealt myself spades for this week’s Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge. Spades means Daily Science Fiction. I clicked on Random Story Transporter and found this one:

A Measure of You

by C. Richard Patton

A lot of people gnash their teeth over stories written in present tense and/or second person (You go here. You do this.), but this story does it well.

Actually, now that I think about it, this story is actually first person narrated. Although the bulk of it says what “you” do, the narrator intrudes as another character observing and evaluating “you”.

I’m not sure if “A Measure of You” counts as fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, or psychotic delusion, but it’s well done and satisfying. Recommended.

If YOU need a short story to read, I have free ones here on my Free Reads page. I also have four collections for 99 cents each linked from my Short Stories page.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Try writing something in second person, present tense. Go on, try it. It won’t hurtcha.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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