Hi and welcome to the short story page.
The stories posted here fall into two camps.
These stories were written over the course of a number of years, and each story has a different “story,” so to speak.
For instance, The Captain’s Company experienced more substantive changes than any other story. Originally it was a prose poem, then it became part of a novel that I wrote, Trouble Aboard the Maiden’s Travel Without Any Trouble. The character in The Captain’s Company, Captain Dylan, became the main antagonist in my novel.
Then I thought that parts of The Captain’s Company were too violent, so I scaled them back. The result is what you see here — a story still chock full of barbaric outlaws, but more palatable than in previous drafts.
Another story, The Skeleton Train, was written more than a decade ago. I liked The Skeleton Train when I wrote it, and, as time passed, I never forgot it. For years, though, I did nothing with it. Then a few years ago, I re-read it, and I added two words. Yet, once again, I did nothing further with the story. Recently, I re-read The Skeleton Train, and I took out the two words that I’d added in the meantime. I changed a little punctuation, and now I’m putting it on this site.
Stories, like people, have histories.