Retiree writes short story as part of anthology.

A Pandemic Story

Ben Alirez

DWP Retiree Ben Alirez’s fictional short story based on the pandemic has been selected for an anthology titled Survival: Tales of Pandemic.

Ben’s short story, titled Friday the Thirteenth, centers around three main characters from Southern California who are affected by the school closures and their efforts to graduate in a world turned upside down.

Proceeds from the anthology, the first statewide to be published by the High Desert California Writers Club, go to charities or writing club branches. It is not a fundraiser for the High Desert California Writers Club itself.

“After interviewing several people for inspiration, including a civil service friend with three graduate-age children, I felt I had enough to turn the short story into a novel,” Ben says. “I hope to complete it early next year.”

We’ll be looking for that, Ben! And congratulations on being part of the anthology.

The anthology is available on under its title.