My name is David Wilson-Burns. I live in Norman, Oklahoma where this story is set. I am a software engineer and a musician. I write for the fun of it.
The Smell Collector is a completed 26k words web fiction comic/drama serial. It can be read in a few hours. In fact, one reviewer writes “It’s a short work, one that I binge read over the course of an hour and a half long train ride…The Smell Collector is an easy, light, and quirky read, that can freshen up a long commute or make evenings smell a little sweeter.”
It’s the story of a man whose only meaningful contact with the world is through smells, who is slowly working his way out of his mother’s basement out into the wide world of people and relationships.
It is not autobiographical other than the origin. I did meet a little girl at a post office in Austin when I was 5. I did get a rush of feelings when I entered the post office in my new town of Norman because of the identical smells of the building. I’m very conscientious of smells and the memories, people, events, and places they are associated with in my head.
These characters are very special to me and I know that if you give them a chance, you will feel the same way.
The Smell Collector began as a single flash fiction piece that spawned a mass readership of 40 views, depending on how you interpret the stats. Of course, there’s always the possibility that my mom clicked on it a lot to boost my self-esteem (see Dr. Spock’s book on Baby and Childcare for how to build a praisewhore).
After a series of carefully thought out self-indulgent fantasies, I came to the conclusion that The Smell Collector would make an excellent movie starring Paul Giamatti.
Step one: self publish an online blog series stemming from the first flash fiction piece.
Step two: Paul Giamatti
p.s. – I haven’t talked to her yet, but Jayma Mays will totally be on board if Paul Giamatti is!