Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This thesis comprises five short stories, the climactic chapter of a novel, two short plays, one short screenplay, and two poems by Daniel James ("Dan") McMinn. The work focused on satisfying endings. Most of the work is speculative fiction---either science fiction or fantasy. The work is prefaced by a statement describing Dan's development as a writer in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program. The short stories address the following topics:
- An aging salesman gets replacement internal organs and becomes an opera singer
- A female presidential candidate must keep a straight face while watching a ridiculous PSA
- A sniggler (eel-catcher) in a medieval fable visits fairyland to save a wise princess from elves
- A grieving college student visits a magical flower shop through which he travels to the underworld to save his dead girlfriend
- Comedians attempts to cheer up Americans during a flesh-eating virus pandemic
The plays and screenplay include a Shakespearean lobster's denunciation of climate change, a girl's attempt to catch Santa, and a desperate attempt to liven up school lunches. The novel follows a weather mage who attempts to sabotage Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
McMinn, Daniel James, "Coalescing Finish" (2020). Stonecoast MFA. 112.