Daisy Chain is a collection of short stories that are linked by one line. The last line of each story is the first line of the next. They are otherwise unrelated. This is a concept that came to me a few years ago and it was an extremely fun project to complete. When a writer starts with one sentence and has no idea what the story will be about, it tends to unfold in unexpected ways. The subjects vary from love and betrayal to time travel to magic. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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About the Author
Nancy Morgan has been writing for many years, but just started publishing in 2013. Her first novel, "Pants on the Ground"was completed in October 2013 and has been well received. It is currently being revised and will be available soon.There are a number of other projects in the works now that "Daisy Chain" is completed. Nancy lives in Arizona with her husband, Scott.
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“Daisy Chain” is an inventive collection of short stories with an impressive range of subjects—from best friendship to failing marriages to even the supernatural. They are all smoothly written, polished tales that do what a short story should do: give you a short slice of a narrative that makes you stop and think or feel a particular emotion. The first story, “Crossing the Line,” is one of the best—detailing a long and internally contentious relationship between the popular guy in high school, the nerdy social outcast, and who they both become as adults. It didn’t end how I expected, and the narrator’s sharp realization in the last sentence is emotionally effective. The book then switches to a supernatural tale about being consumed by a relationship (“Energy Vampire”) before moving back into realism with stories like “Real Life,” about a timid girl named Margy’s coming-of-age in New York City and “Happily Ever After,” a story about a woman who doesn’t find herself and happiness until decades into adulthood. The book concludes with a story about real magic (“Magic”) with a sinister twist. If there is a theme to be found running through the stories, it’s discontent and whether or not that motivates a character to change his or her life—and the consequences of that change. (Which also fits perfectly into the “daisy chain” analogy of the title—just as each story is linked to the one before it by the last sentence, each character’s end result is linked to the choices they make). While a few of the unhappy marriage themes got repetitive, I enjoyed this book as a whole and found most of the stories to be engrossing—the characters and situations are memorable, and the way they flow together is perfectly crafted. I would recommend “Daisy Chain” to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction and short stories, and who are looking for a unique reading experience.
This is my unbiased review for Daisy Chain by Nancy Morgan. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and were in no way influenced by anyone else. I don't normally go for short stories, I've always been more of a novel gal. I picked up this book purely based on the premise. It's something that most of us have either done as kids or as a party game. Taking the ending line of the story before to start the next story. You have to build the story around just a few words. And the collection of stories truly comes full circle because the beginning of the first story is also the ending of the last story. I really enjoyed this collection. I really enjoyed most of the stories. There were a couple that didn't really appeal to me as a person, but I think it's more because of my taste than the writing or the story itself. Each story was filled with good characters and a good plot. Even in the limited space of the short story, the author was able to quickly draw me into each story and I was left satisfied each time and looking forward to the next story when I saw that last line. I would recommend this to anyone who likes short stories but also to anyone wanting to experience something a little different from the everyday novel.
What happens when you challenge yourself to write a story based on the last line of the story you just wrote? What if you kept that up for 10 stories? Author Nancy Morgan has done just that with Daisy Chain. While some of the stories have similar elements, none of the stories are related to each other. Characters come in the form of a woman slowly losing herself, a man mourning the death of his best friend, a gambler who may be willing to part with her youth, a middle aged woman desperate for a baby, and woman recovering from a brain injury, among others. I love academic challenges like this, and I like them even better when they are good enough to publish, and Morgan’s certainly is. While she has a distinct writing style, all of the stories are independent and hold their own as short stories - although I think some could easily be turned into novellas or even full novels. There is a spiritual element to many, and I like the unknown playing a part in the stories. I’m also impressed that she fleshed out full characters in such a short word count, and didn’t rely on an ensemble to get her point across. Interesting challenge, I hope she comes up with more ways to challenge herself and publishes them.