"No One Goes to Heaven to See Dan Fogelberg" is one of the short stories in B.J. Novak's collection "One More Thing."
As the title indicates, the setting is heaven. That's depicted as the platform for infinite pleasure. For example, celebrities who have passed over, like Frank Sinatra, perform in concert live, for free, and are available to meet backstage.
Well, before Tim's grandmother died, he promised her that when he also got to heaven, the first thing he would do was look her up. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. And he assumes that when he finally does get in touch with her the reason she seems indifferent about getting together was that slight.
The real reason? She's delivering oral sex to Sinatra. Tim catches her on her knees when he goes backstage to chat with Old Blue Eyes. Grandma's existence is too full in heaven to let in some kid who had only been part of her life on the other side for several years.
That's the kind of imaginative thinking which is giving a second life to the short-story genre. The collection ranks 2,930 on Amazon.com.
Takeaway: No format is over. Anyone who can refresh it will be at an advantage for brisk sales, fame and maybe even influence.