My latest published story is Brickworm which appears is issue #2 of Empyreome, which is free to read online.
I started with the old joke about the Irish woodworm found dead in a brick. Totally unacceptable, of course, but the notion of a worm that really could eat brick appealed to me. Obviously it would come from outer space. I started with a chapter heading that spoofed H.G. Wells opening for War of the Worlds (see review here) then managed to find other famous stories to twist for the next chapters. I say chapters but they’re just sections of the story really. This was fun to write.