Something you don’t see too often: science fiction in the New Yorker magazine. Take the time to listen to this reading of Stuart Dybeck’s “The Red Lantern.” It takes a master to write about adultery this beautifully. This has just a minimal amount of science fiction in the set-up to give it that special ingredient. You can hear the story, and some interesting follow-up commentary, at the New Yorker.
Learn the tricks of your trade. And finish growing up, too. Read everything you can. Travel widely. Talk. Listen. Poke into strange dark corners. Eat strange things. Hear strange music. If you mean to tell stories, you must have stories inside you that are worth telling.