Well, this is just a gas, seeing “The Salvation Skits” up over at the hot, new literary journal “disenthralled.” I spewed out the first draft of the skits in October of 2009 and editor Walter Conley watched over the subsequent drafts with his tender-tough and artful eye. The changes were minor betterments aimed at clarity; otherwise, the story was always in five parts, sometimes overlapping, always revealing different sides of itself through selected characters’ eyes. The final draft was completed at the end of November and sat on the shelf until December 15, 2009 when Walter published Part I of the skits as a preview-of-coming-attractions sort of thing. The full-blown deal was published earlier today as Special #3. I hope you check it out, and if you do, that you’ll let me know what you think of it, either via comments on “disenthralled” or here. Feedback is king.
Special thanks to Quin Browne for going beyond noticing and to Walter Conley for this opportunity to run with the big dogs. The way of Walter is an art form in itself, made this first publishing experience of mine a joy. Sarah Bloom’s photography adds to that, and I’m honored Walter paired it with my story.
And now, here’s what you readers of “The Essence of a Thing” pay extra for: a tidbit, a little story background. “The Salvations Skits” is based on one, small seed of truth. In my roaring twenties, I really did show up at a church service straight off a night of partying. And the rest of the story bloomed fictionally wildly from that small seed, took over the entire garden, and went on to consume the neighborhood.